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  • State offering grants to preserve historic projects

    The Tennessee Historical Commission is accepting grant applications for historic preservation projects beginning Dec. 1.

    These federally funded grants will be available after Congress passes the federal budget. The exact amount of funds available grants is not known, but it is expected to be in the range of $250,000.

    Applications will be reviewed, rated, and ranked. Decisions on funding grants will be made when the exact amount of funds are known. This may be as late as next August, depending on when Congress completes work on the budget.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Rights need to be preserved for all

    As the father of two daughters, I feel I have a stake in the debate over sexual harassment. As much as I’m concerned about my daughters’ safety, I think the issue is really about people treating each other with respect.

    Unfortunately we live in a world where respect for other people, especially those with whom we disagree, seems to be in short supply.

    No person should have to worry about being harassed at school, work or in public.

    Anyone subjected to such an assault should be able to seek justice through our legal system.

  • Sheriff’s detective resigns

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said he was planning to make a decision about detective Greg Scalf’s future with his office on Monday.

    It turns out he didn’t have to because Scalf resigned Sunday afternoon.

    “Everybody makes mistakes,” Stockton said. “I just hope that he learns from them.”

    Scalf, 43, was arrested for driving under the influence in Knox County on Nov. 17. According to the incident report, he was stopped driving the wrong way on Interstate 40 shortly after midnight.

  • Men arrested on gun, drug charges

    Larry Shane Chrisco, a 41-year-old man with a Harriman address, is facing felony drug and weapon charges following a Monday morning traffic stop in Rockwood.

    According to the report, Chrisco was driving a Gold Nissan Altima that was stopped at 2 a.m. in the parking lot of a restaurant on Gateway Avenue for illegal window tint. There were two passengers in the vehicle, identified in the report as Freddy R. Collins and Shannon Drake.

  • Parade Salutation
  • Loan may make big splash for water fun

    Harriman has made a lot of improvements at David Webb Riverfront Park and a splash pad might be the icing on the cake for those wanting to see more resources for youngsters in the city.

    That icing might prove to be quite rich, however, as in roughly $400,000 alone just for the pad and other components associated with a splash pad facility.

  • TBI looking into shooting near OS

    From staff reports

    Anderson County Sheriff Office are investigating a Sunday afternoon shooting near Oliver Springs.

    Anderson County deputies responded shortly before 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26, on Black Half Moon Road in the Frost Bottom community, where they found 62-year-old Buford Glenn Phillips dead.

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was called in to investigate the shooting.

  • Meals on Wheels gets Subaru boost

    Mid-East Community Action Agency’s Meals on Wheels program, as well as the agency’s congregational meal sites, fill a big role in Roane County.

    They provide much needed meals —and often a social lifeline— to qualifying individuals.

    “So the Meals on Wheels, those are all home-delivered. They are all homebound individuals. We serve Roane and Loudon,” said Nancy Steele, nutrition manager of Mid-East Community Action Agency.

  • STILL THE KING

    From staff reports

    Seven-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty delighted Roane County racing fans with a special Monday afternoon appearance at Kingston Food City.

    NASCAR’s most decorated driver known in racing circles as The King is the spokesman for Paralyzed Veterans of America.

    He visited the Kingston store to show his appreciation to customers and store associates for raising the most funds for the Mission

    ABLE campaign to ensure the most severely injured American heroes have access to care, jobs and benefits.

  • TURKEY TROT