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  • Sunny days are play days
  • Going green for the Tigers
  • 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.

  • Proposed bill would end BOE role in teacher talks

    For years the Roane County Board of Education has negotiated with the local teachers association.  

    Longtime Board Member Mike “Brillo” Miller said he doesn’t want to see that change.  

    “As long as I’m on this board, I think we should negotiate with our teachers association,” Miller said.

    Some legislators in Nashville — including state Rep. Julia Hurley — apparently don’t feel that way.

  • Nursing home residents, staff grieve loss of beloved pet

    Charlie was more than one person’s best friend.

    The friendly black Newfoundland who raised the spirits of residents at Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center left many heartbroken when he died on Feb. 10.

    “He’s the best friend I’ve ever had,” activities director Connie Shelton said through tears last week. “And still we’ve not been able to turn it loose.”

    Cancer claimed the life of the beloved canine who could often be found trotting the hallways of the nursing home.

  • Cast of Noises Off takes the stage
  • Tri-county partnership could be more fair

    Former Cumberland County Mayor Brock Hill said adding jobs was the main focus when officials were putting together the Plateau Partnership Park.

    “We never really were concerned that much about the property tax revenue,” he said. “If that’s a concern, I hope it can be addressed.”

    Hill spoke about the partnership during a forum on Tuesday at Roane State Community College.

    The partnership is an industrial park venture between Cumberland, Morgan and Roane counties.

  • Mechanic shop in Harriman burns

    A midnight fire destroyed a well known vehicle garage in Harriman Wednesday.

    Nobody was hurt, but Turpin Automotive’s large garage at 285 McKinney Road was left in ruins.

    Midtown Volunteer Fire Chief Randy Scarborough said his department got the call around 12:05 a.m. when a neighbor saw smoke and fire coming from the roof of the garage.

    The smoke was near the exhaust pipe for an oil heater that runs off burning motor oil.