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  • Local runner at Boston Marathon OK, official says

    Harriman resident and 2013 Boston Marathon participant Tara Stockton wasn’t harmed in Monday’s explosions, according to Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips. Stockton’s husband is Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton.

    “I know that Tara’s OK because I talked to her,” Phillips said.

    Two bombs exploded near the finish line at the Boston Marathon.

  • Garden Club anxious to share

    Harriman’s best gardeners know a thing or two about growing things — and they love to share tips with anyone who will listen.

    “Check the fingernails and you can tell who is a gardener,” quipped Mary Mathis, showing hers.

    She has been a part of Harriman Garden Club for at least 17 years.

    She and many other longtime members don’t tire of the fellowship of gardening and the work that comes with it, including community projects at Harriman’s Rivefront Park.

  • Mind-blowing ‘Dance’ puts Janelle in top 5

    Oliver Springs’ Janelle Arthur is now in the top 5 in this season’s “American Idol.”

    The country crooner joins four other female singers in FOX’s reality television talent show.

    She got there despite some disheartening reviews from the judges on her performances of “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again” and Garth Brooks’ “The Dance.”

    “I feel like I’m just doing the best job that I can,” Arthur said behind the curtains.

  • Mom denies she held 10-year-old boy for her son to beat

    The Rockwood woman accused of holding a 10-year-old boy so her son could hit him insists she’s innocent.

    “I didn’t touch that kid,” Latoya Brown said.

    Brown, 33, is charged with assault in the incident that occurred at Courtney Square Apartments in Rockwood on March 20.

    According to a police report, Rene T. Lee said she observed Brown push her 10-year-old son down as he was parking his bike.

  • Toho gets TVA boost

    Toho Tenax America Inc. received $227,964 in incentives last week from the Tennessee Valley Authority to pay for an energy-efficiency project at the company’s Rockwood plant.

    The company installed new higher-efficiency lighting fixtures to replace existing lights as part of Rockwood Electric Utility’s Energy Right Solutions for Industry Greater than 5 Megawatts program.

    “Over 1,200 light fixtures were either replaced or modified,” said Derek J. Kahle, project engineer with Toho Tenax.

  • April flowers find appreciation

    A jaunty breeze drifts flower blossoms and their fragrance through the air on a hill overlooking both the Tennessee and Clinch rivers and Kingston’s Fort Southwest Point.

    “This is our own private park overlook,” Jim Miller said. “It is one of the most historical views from Roane County.”

    The property of Jim and Carrie Miller is a popular destination for floral lovers, including the Harriman Garden Club, which has seen members visit numerous times over the years.

  • Career Day at Roane State

    Local Roane County businesses talked with every eleventh grade student from all five Roane County schools at the fifth annual High Schools Career Day put on by the Roane County Chamber of Commerce.  
       In the Roane State Community College gymnasium students were able to learn about different career paths and what education or training could be required.

  • Meth problem worsens

    Meth lab activity in Roane County continues to show no signs of slowing down.
    Rockwood police discovered an anhydrous ammonia meth lab inside an SUV at the intersection of East Wheeler Street and Skyline Drive on Wednesday. A section of East Wheeler Street was blocked off during the investigation.
    Police said anhydrous ammonia labs are rare for this area.
    The occupants of the vehicle were identified as Matthew A. Knight, 34, David W. Foland, 51, and Teri L. Stephenson, 53.

  • Child rape charges for 45-year-old

    A Harriman man has been charged with child rape.
    David Milton Wales, 45, was charged after March 29.
    Harriman Police Sgt. Greg Sims was dispatched to Roane Medical Center on a report of a rape of a child that was said to have happened a couple of months prior.
    The child’s mother said her daughter had given her explicit details of what happened with a man named David Woods  and described a man between 35 to 45 years old with red hair and blue eyes who lived on Hillwood Drive.

  • Wrestler wants to body slam cancer

    When Scott Humphrey was diagnosed with basal cell skin cancer, he decided he wouldn’t let age or illness keep him out of the fight.

    Instead, Humphrey created the character Doomsday and rejoined the world of wrestling entertainment after a long absence.

    “I said OK, is there anything I want to do? Anything unfinished? Pro wrestling got back in my head,” Humphrey said. “I said I’ve got to be out of my mind. I’m 40 years old. I have no business in a ring, but why not?”