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  • Getaway from the heat

    Harriman resident Mike Burger sets sail on his Hobie Cat Getaway in Watts Bar Lake.

    He’s among the East Tennesseans who have sought refuge from the late spring heat wave on the water.

    The area’s waterways, pools and splash pads will continue to get a workout: forecasters are predicting temperatures in the 90s until Friday, with few chances of rain.

    But be careful out there: air-quality alerts were issued over the weekend.

  • Kindergarten — the new frontier

    Addison Berrier, Anna Givens, Nicholas Moog, Ayden Newton, Preston Schisler and Brandon Turnbill prepare to walk down the aisle and toward their future — kindergarten — during their graduation from Rockwood First Christian Church’s Mother’s Day Out program.

  • Tea Party candidate wants to represent all in Rockwood

    A candidate for Rockwood City Council is also a member of the Roane County Tea Party.

    If elected on Tuesday, Ron Harwell insists he won’t just be serving the interests of those in the city who share his Tea Party views.

    “The Tea Party is about being conservative,” he said. “There’s conservative Democrats, just like there’s conservative Republicans, and our party is open to all conservatives, not just the Republican Party.”

  • Neighbor: Bra-clad man broke in with knife

    A Kingston man chose some unusual attire for an alleged break-in on Gallaher Road.  

    “Victim ... stated that the neighbor, Brian Fowler, had busted her door in and came in with a knife and was wearing a bra and shorts,” the police report said.

    Fowler, 46, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.

    The report said there was signs of forced entry on the door and door frame. The report also said a lock had been broken off the door.

  • Blender on kitchen love seat causes fire

    A kitchen is not where you expect to find a love seat.

    However, that’s what crews found when they responded to a trailer fire at 235 Pickard Hollow Road Thursday morning.

    Blair Volunteer Fire Department Chief Clarence Nelson said the love seat was in the kitchen.

    “There was a blender sitting on it,” Nelson
    said.

    The blender ignited, which caused the love seat to catch fire, the chief said.

  • Dump truck bump snarls traffic

    Police direct traffic at the intersection of Hwy. 70 and Pine Ridge Road on Friday after a dump truck damaged the traffic lights.

    Witnesses said the bed of the truck was up as the driver approached the intersection.

  • Former Harriman council member Stout dead at 62

    Sandra Stout, one of Harriman’s more vocal and memorable former leaders in recent years, lost her lengthy battle with cancer on Thursday evening. She was 62.

    Stout, a member of Harriman City Council for a number of years, was on various boards and often took a tough look at some community issues. She was particularly opinionated on the Harriman Utility Board’s rates and often butted heads with other former officials.

  • Former excavator given immunity in Pinnacle Pointe dispute

    Harriman city officials have secured legal immunity for a bankrupt contractor in their dispute with Pinnacle Pointe developers Steve Kirkham and Jerry Duncan.

    The immunity is for Brian Mullins, who was hired by Prestige Land Co. to perform earthwork on the project.

    In a letter to the editor last year, Harriman City Treasurer Charles Kerley called Pinnacle Pointe “an innovative idea that was to be a good public/private partnership.”

  • Fire at house where teen was slain

    Tragedy struck a Kingston home for the second time in less than two years on Thursday.

    Kingston fire and police departments responded to a house fire at 516 N. Third St. shortly after 10 a.m.

    “We went in and did a search of the house,” Fire Chief Willie Gordon said. “While we were attacking the fire we found a lady in the bathroom in the bathtub.”

    The woman, Sandra Webb, was in critical condition at the Vanderbilt Burn Center in Nashville on Friday.

  • Shoe-in out in Oliver Springs race

    The unopposed candidate for Oliver Springs alderman in Ward 6 might have seemed like a shoe-in.

    However. officials say Deneise Terry is ineligible because she doesn’t live in the ward.

    Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway confirmed what Oliver Springs officials have said.

    Holiway said that Terry’s street, Tri County Boulevard, is a dividing line for the wards and that those lines fall in the middle of the street.