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  • Harriman officials aim to fill up once-bustling medical facilities

    Harriman officials and area veterans dream big for a VA hospital in the former Roane Medical Center facility downtown.

    Officials also want to see the downtown buildings that once held medical facilities along Devonia Street taken out of city ownership and utilized.

    It’s something Councilman J.D. Sampson championed recently, talking about giving it to developers for residential projects.

    Mayor Chris Mason said they’ll be tackling the project head on this spring.

  • Newer, bigger jail now over capacity

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said he plans to send each commissioner a letter about overcrowding issues at the jail.

    The certified capacity is 174. At 4:34 p.m. on Feb. 25, Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said the inmate capacity was 233.

    He said it was 240 when he got to work that morning.

    “Every pod we’ve got has somebody sleeping on the floor,” Phillips said.

    There was 63 inmates in the women’s pod, which Phillips said is certified to hold 32.

  • Pay court fees, or lose your license

    As circuit court clerk, Kim Nelson doesn’t have the power to hold someone in contempt of court or put them in jail for not paying fines or court costs.

    She does, however, have a tool at her disposal that could get people’s attention.

    In 2011, Gov. Bill Haslam signed Public Chapter No. 504. According to Amanda Hughes with the Administra-

  • Pierce matter spurs change

    A lot has changed with Rockwood finances since the discovery that former public works director Tom Pierce made thousands in credit card purchases using city cards.

    Pierce was indicted last month for theft, unauthorized use of a credit card and official misconduct.

    “I think as long as the city continues to abide by the changes we’ve made, we should be in a position that no future council or mayor will have to go through a situation like this,” Mayor James Watts said.

  • Ex-exec’s son wants name of informant

    Tyler Farmer is demanding to know the identity of the confidential informant in his drug case.

    His attorney, John McFarland, filed a motion “requiring the state to disclose the name, address and telephone number of the informant who provided information to the investigating officers and participated in controlled drug buys that is the basis of this indictment.”

  • Oh, the Things You’ll See!
  • THURSDAY MORNING BEER BASH

    Authorities divert traffic to other lanes Thursday morning after a beer truck left Interstate 40 and came down onto Kentucky Street.
    Trooper Rodney Redmon said the driver, who was from Knoxville, was talking when he was taken by emergency personnel to University of Tennessee Medical Center.
    Redmon said it was not clear yet why the accident occurred, but the driver was traveling westbound on I-40 when he left the roadway, striking first the safety cables in the median before going between the two interstate bridges and landing on the city street.

  • Pierce purchased small arsenal

    Former Rockwood public works director Tom Pierce amassed an arsenal of at least 11 guns and plenty of ammo on the city’s dime, according to a state investigative audit released Wednesday.
    Pierce, who was indicted last week, is accused of using a city credit card and store card to purchase at least $32,725 in items between 2009 and 2012.
    The charges include two counts of unauthorized use of a credit card and official misconduct. 

  • Check accuracy of your credit report

    Check your credit at least once a year.
    The Big Three reporting agencies are: TransUnion, 1-800-916-8800; Equifax, 1-800-685-1111; and Experian, 1-888-397-3742
    Scrutinizing your credit report once a year and then disputing any errors is the best way to keep your FICO score as high as it legitimately should be. Get your reports (from all three agencies) at AnnualCreditReport.com, or call 1-877-322-8228.
    In some states you’re allowed two free reports per year.

  • Looseleaf Laureate by TERRI LIKENS

    From time to time, and with much delight, I sometimes write about my neighbors.
    It is with deep sadness I now write about one of them.
    Homer Hamby, who died this week, has lived in the same gray brick house across from mine since the neighborhood was established in the 1950s.
    Many of you may know him as a pharmacist who put in 50 years at Kinser Drugs in Kingston, or as a pillar of respect at Harriman Church of God.
    His kindness, calmness, generosity  and humility were the stuff more of us  should be made of.