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  • Harriman Happenings

    Happy birthday to my friend Lucille Moore. She celebrated 88 years of life on April 3.

    I hope you will have many more birthdays.

    Barbara Griffin was recently discharged from Oak Ridge’s Methodist Medical Center and is now at home.

    She still needs our prayers for a full recovery.

    Family and Community Education Club’s recognition day was held at the Kingston Community Center on Wednesday, April 15. Eighteen members were present.

  • Blood drives coming to RSCC campuses

    The Roane State Community College’s Roane County campus will host a blood drive on Monday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to noon.

    Medic Regional Blood Center’s bloodmobile will be located beside the gym.

    A blood drive will be held at Oak Ridge campus from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28.

    Medic Regional Blood Center’s bloodmobile will be located in the “A” parking lot by the Oak Ridge campus flagpole entrance.

    All blood types are needed.

  • Obed walks get up close to nature

    Officials with Obed Wild and Scenic River are planning a couple of walks that will allow the public to get close-up views of the park’s flora and fauna.

    In celebration of the upcoming centennial of the National Park Service in 2016, a wildflower walk on the Nemo to Wartburg section of the Cumberland Trail will take place on April 18.

    Participants will meet at the Nemo parking area at 10 a.m.

    The two-mile walk will highlight some of the local wildflowers and beautiful views of the Obed and Emory rivers.

  • Obed holds book signing, reception

    In celebration of National Park Week and the upcoming National Park Service Centennial in 2016, the Obed Wild and Scenic River will be hosting a reception and gala book signing event on Friday, April 24.

    The event will start at 5 p.m. (EDT) at the Obed Visitor Center, located at 208 North Maiden Street in downtown Wartburg.

    The authors will be on hand to autograph two unique books which feature the Obed Wild and Scenic River and the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.

  • Lawsuit moves forward in medic case

    Roane County medics administered a paralytic drug to a man who was involved in a tussle with police, according to a court order issued earlier this month by U.S. District Judge Pamela Reeves.

    The case involves Dustin Barnwell, who died on Nov. 11, 2011 after the encounter with sheriff’s deputies and medics at his home on Roane Manor Drive in Kingston.

    Barnwell’s family later filed a lawsuit against Roane County, the deputies and medics, contending his death was a result of their misconduct.

  • Two hurt when fire truck rolls

    Two Midtown Volunteer Department firefighters were injured when the truck they were in left the road and turned over on Hwy. 70 around 7 p.m. Tuesday.

    Driver Travis May, 19, and passenger Ty Puckett, 21, were injured and taken by ambulance to Roane Medical Center.

    “One of them (Travis) has four broken ribs and a partially deflated lung,” said Midtown Fire Chief Randy Scarborough.

    Scarborough said May was still in the hospital on Wednesday.

  • Will schools tax hike pass this round?

    For the third straight year, the Roane County Board of Education is asking for a property tax rate increase to fund the school system’s budget.

    “It allows us to protect all of our programs and all of our instructional staff,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said about the budget board members approved during a special-called meeting on Tuesday.

  • 10-year sentence for beating girlfriend

    Daniel Phillip Thompson was sentenced to 10 years in prison in a case that involved the severe beating of his girlfriend.

    The July 2013 incident landed Thompson, who lived South of the River at the time, in jail on charges of aggravated assault, especially aggravated kidnapping and attempted first-degree murder.

    The especially aggravated kidnapping charge was amended to aggravated kidnapping, and Thompson pleaded guilty to the count in Roane County Criminal Court on Wednesday. The other two charges were dismissed as part of his plea deal.

  • Proposed New Waterfront Asset
  • Rain delays for TN strawberries

    Hopes remain high for Tennessee’s famous strawberry crop, but cool wet weather has postponed the start date for the state’s strawberry season.

    Strawberries require consistent warm sunshine to ripen and sweeten, and in Tennessee, it is not unusual for some farmers to have ripe berries by mid-April.

    This year, however, a brief burst of sun and high temperatures was quickly replaced with persistent rain.

    Tennessee growers will have some berries by the end of the month, but yields will be light until the first week of May.