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  • Henry to remain an advocate

    If this had been a ballgame, Jim Henry was definitely on the home court.

    The Kingston native and state’s first Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities commissioner made introducing himself and his new staff a festive event at Michael Dunn Center.

    Scott Moddell, deputy commissioner of the office of policy and innovation, introduced Henry in a booming announcer voice that drew lots of laughs at the meet-and-greet event Tuesday.

  • Meet the Cookie Lady

    The heady aroma of cookies, brownies, breads and more fills the warm and cozy kitchen of Tracie Ireland’s home at 515 Clinton St. in Harriman.

    Each fall she bakes and freezes the tasty morsels for the Cornstalk Heights Historic Harriman Christmas Tour through grand homes in the neighborhood.

    “It really is a labor of love,” said Ireland. “I truly enjoy doing it.”

    She also admitted a lot of effort goes into the effort.

  • No slack cut for repeat offender

    Eric Gallaher, in jail with no bond for violating the conditions of his pretrial release, asked Roane County General Sessions Court Judge Jeff Wicks for a break on Monday.  

    “Is there anyway I could get a work release?” he asked.

    “No, sir,” Wicks responded. “I’m not allowing work release on this.”

    That means Gallaher could remain jailed at least until his preliminary hearing, which is scheduled for Jan. 23.

  • Shelter opened after public housing fire

    A temporary shelter at Harriman Community Center was set up Sunday after a small fire and extensive smoke damage forced the evacuation of dozens of public housing residents at Harriman Gardens shortly after midnight.
    The fire appears to have originated in a fourth-floor dayroom in the 925 Sewanee St. building.
    Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss said the fire’s cause is still under investigation.
    Goss had one bit of key information, however.
    “It started on a couch, it appears,” Goss said.

  • Holiday meals without the fuss

    Cracker Barrel stays busy, but the Thanksgiving crowd is an exceptional challenge.
    Each year, people break with tradition and the hard work of preparing a big meal and head out to eat — often to the popular eatery.
    “From the guest’s point of view, it is more of a way for the family to get together and not worry about the mess, cooking and cleaning,” said Sherman Minton, an associate manager at the Harriman restaurant. “They can actually enjoy Thanksgiving.”

  • HUB official talks about utility’s plans

    Despite a moratorium from the state, sewer service to any prospective developments on North Pine Ridge Road shouldn’t be a problem.
    Harriman Utility Board manager Bill Young said the utility can extend the service to pick up a customer.
    An issue was whether sewer lines were already under the railroad tracks that cross Pine Ridge.

  • School board wants to keep control on calendar

    Longtime Roane County Board of Education Member Mike “Brillo” Miller found himself on the losing end of another school calendar vote last Thursday.
    This one dealt with a resolution that opposes legislation to impair a local board’s ability to establish its own calendar. It passed by a 6-3 vote.
    “I don’t like to bring up school calendar, but I do think it should rest with the local board and not with the legislature in Nashville,” Board Member Wade McCullough said.

  • Rockwood cloverleaf to get new design

    The confusing Rockwood intersection known as the cloverleaf, where Hwys. 70 and 27 merge, will soon be getting a makeover.
    Message boards and signs for the construction are in place now.
    “The message boards will be notifying the public of the change in traffic pattern for Nov. 30,” said Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesman Mark Nagi.
    Preliminary work at the intersection started this week. Traffic will be shifted to two lanes during construction, which is scheduled for completion in May.

  • Safeguards in place on court collections

    One of the components of Circuit Court Clerk Kim Nelson’s program to recover unpaid fines and court costs includes the collections agency Solutia.
    The agency once had its contract with the county suspended because officials said they found out it was trying to collect from people who didn’t owe money.
    Nelson, who wasn’t in office at the time, said she heard from people who were wrongly targeted and has put in place measures to keep that from happening.

  • Getting into the Thanksgiving spirit