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  • City founder namesake for university

    What is the connection between Fisk University and Harriman?

    Students and faculty at Bowers Elementary School can tell you.

    While researching the Fisk Jubilee Singers, they discovered the man for whom the university is named — Gen. Clinton B. Fisk — also played a role in the founding of Harriman.    

  • Tiger Haven strikes back at county

    Last month the Roane County Commission instructed County Executive Ron Woody to write Tiger Haven a letter requesting a group inspection.
    The answer came this week.
    “Tiger Haven respectfully declines the commission’s request for such an inspection,” Tiger Haven attorney S. Douglas Drinnon informed Woody in a letter on Wednesday.
    Drinnon added that, “as a courtesy,” he would allow Woody to take a tour of the property.

  • Workshop schedule eyed

    Harriman City Council has a lot to deliberate on this year, including annexation, the completion of the Princess Theater and a continued focus on cleanup.
    That’s why, in the light of holidays and bad weather cutting into workshops, several council members recommended diving back into the routine.
    “We got a lot of work that needs to be done,” said Councilman J.D. Sampson.
    “I think we need to get back on track with our workshops. I think we all agree our plate is full,” Councilman Lonnie Wright said.

  • Just another day at the park
  • County logs first highway fatality of year

    A Roane County man died after his car crashed on Tuesday.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Timothy A. Bailes was traveling on Hwy. 61 in a 1994 Saturn.

    Bailes, 59, of Harriman, veered off the roadway and struck a tree in the afternoon wreck, the fatality report said.
    Tuesday’s accident, which was near Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, was the first traffic fatality to occur in Roane County this year.

  • TVA to close outreach center

    The TVA Outreach Center on Kentucky Street in Kingston will close next month.

    TVA opened the center in January 2009 to give residents a place to report concerns about the fly ash catastrophe at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

    “The outreach center staff has served more than 1,700 families and has received hundreds of inquiries,” TVA said in an e-mail to the Roane County Community Advisory Group.

    However, from October 2010 through Monday, TVA said, 17 calls or visits were made to the center. Six of those were unrelated to the disaster cleanup.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Desert love story is one for the romantics

    With Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought I’d take my column in a different direction this week.
    Thanks for sharing, Donna.
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    Dirt, grit, sweat, heat — and showers in short supply. That was the recipe for lasting romance for one Roane County couple.
    It was August 1978 and still in the early days of Roane State Community College and its annual Southwestern field trip.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Desert love story is one for the romantics

    With Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought I’d take my column in a different direction this week.
    Thanks for sharing, Donna.
    ******
    Dirt, grit, sweat, heat — and showers in short supply. That was the recipe for lasting romance for one Roane County couple.
    It was August 1978 and still in the early days of Roane State Community College and its annual Southwestern field trip.

  • Gallaher Road fire erupts

    The old Rogers Southeastern Lubricants building on Gallaher Road in Kingston caught fire Wednesday night. Flames could be seen from Interstate 40. Kingston Fire Department Chief Willie Gordon said the cause of the fire was still unknown Thursday morning.  
    “The renter had stated that they had some electrical problems that they reported to the owner of the building,” he said.    
    The blaze was reported to E-911 dispatch around 8:20 p.m. Multiple crews responded.  

  • High heating bills add to winter's chill

    Unusually cold weather continues to swell customers heating bills this winter.

    While it seems February is turning milder, people are just getting the heating costs for January, which continued the December trend of biting cold winds and below-average lows.

    “Generally, we saw many bills that came out in January for December usage double the amount for the same period last year or for the month preceding. That was to be expected based on the unusually cold weather in December,” said Harriman Utility Board manager Chuck Flora.