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  • HUB begins process of seeking new manager

    Harriman Utility Board is taking its time looking for someone to fill the manager role that Chuck Flora will be vacating this summer.

    The board approved moving forward on the search at its special-called meeting Thursday.

    Applications will be taken until March 25.

    Moving forward included approving the advertisement to be run in local and trade publications.

  • Princess Theater's polish beginning to shine

    Harriman’s Princess Theater holds a special place in the hearts of many.

    Mayor Chris Mason is one of them.

    “I was about 3 or 4. I got in trouble because I had too many Milk Duds in my mouth,” Mason said. “That embarrassed me to death. Funny how things stick with you like that.”

    Contractor Bill Milburn, president of Southeast Contractors, also has a fondness for the theater he is helping renovate.

    “This is where I had my first date with my wife,” Milburn said.

  • Houstons face lawsuit alone

    Brothers Rocky and Leon Houston no longer have co-defendants in a lawsuit filed by Pat Brown.

    All the county defendants, including former sheriff David Haggard, have been dismissed from the lawsuit.

    Brown filed the lawsuit in Roane County Circuit Court in 2007.

    Her son Mike was on a ride-along with Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Jones on May 11, 2006, when they were killed in a shootout with the Houston brothers.

  • Canada man crushed in freak accident

    STAFF REPORTS

    A man from Canada died from injuries he sustained when he tried to stop his rolling van in Kingston Saturday.

    The Kingston police and fire departments were dispatched to the Motel 6 parking lot on Gallaher Road.   

    According to police, they found a man pinned between the door of a Honda Odyssey van and a light pole when they arrived.

    Witnesses said the man, William E. Allan, was trying to get back in the van to stop it from rolling.   

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  • Ex-fire chief may go for Harriman mayor

    A former Harriman fire chief has indicated his intention to run against incumbent Chris Mason in the upcoming mayoral race.

    Both Mason and Wayne Best have taken out qualifying petitions to seek the office. As of Friday, neither man had returned the petitions, according to the Roane County Election Commission’s website.

    Both are former members of Harriman City Council, with Mason on the heels of completing his first term as mayor.

    All of Roane County’s municipalities will elect new city leaders on June 7.

  • 'Idol' over for Arthur

    Oliver Springs’ Janelle Arthur’s dreams of being the next “American Idol” have ended almost as quickly as they began.

    The 20-year-old singer was eliminated from the 10th season of the FOX talent-show-

    type series on Wednesday during Group Week, a challenge that in the past has proven to be the most difficult of the Hollywood Round.

    When judges gave Arthur their decision, she appeared pulled together but dejected.  

  • Schools head talks on tap

    Roane County Board of Education Chairman Darrell “Drack” Langley has scheduled a special-called meeting to discuss the director of schools situation.

    The meeting will be at 6 p.m. March 8.

    “I advise all board members to be here,” Langley said at Thursday’s board meeting.

    Director of Schools Toni McGriff’s contract is set to expire on June 30. The board has neither voted to extend the contract nor start the search for a new director.