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  • Harriman looks to buckle down on park security

    Harriman is looking at protecting the city’s recreation facilities with changes in personnel and security measures.

    Many community members are growing weary of seeing vandalism, particularly at Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park.

    “Is there anything we can do to contribute financially to get cameras or whatever? We would be willing to do that,” said Pat Ramsey.

  • Taking back the city Codes vacancy turning things ‘upside down’

    Harriman is focused on cleaning up the city, even if that means going after property owners who have their properties in states of disrepair.

    Mayor Wayne Best thought the city was making headway on cleanup efforts, but he said he’s seen it come undone now that there is a vacancy in that position.

    “It is turning upside down in Harriman again. It is a shame we worked so hard and we are backtracking again,” said Best.

  • Harriman police investigating death

    Harriman police are looking into the cause of death of a man whose body was found Wednesday evening at a Harriman Housing Authority apartment.

    A release from the city of Harriman said police are treating the investigation as a homicide.

    A caller told 911 dispatchers that David Smith, of 1742 Bennett Circle, had not answered his door in a couple of days.

    The caller said Smith could be seen through a window and worried he might be dead.

  • Gassing up ends with carjacking

    A Harriman man was allegedly carjacked for a 1993 Nissan Altima at the Exxon gas station on North Kentucky Street in Kingston Monday morning.

    The vehicle along with the suspect was later found in Putnam County by Cookeville police.

    The suspect was identified as 36-year-old Benjamin Franklin Dees of 209 Smith St., McMinnville. Kingston Police Department Detective Keith Kile charged him with carjacking and assault.

  • Rockwood residents worry about lake weed treatment

    Despite assurances from utility officials, some Rockwood residents are concerned that the use of herbicide to combat invasive aquatic weeds poses a threat to the community.

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas temporarily suspended pumping several weeks ago after a TVA contractor sprayed herbicide near its raw water intake.

    A statement from Kim Ramsey, utility general manager, later acknowledged that the utility was not aware spraying would be done so close to the intake.

  • Skinny dipping

    Both man and beast are looking for relief from the August heat — and a deer found a way to cool down with a swim in Watts Bar Lake.

  • Car owner goes to jail, car goes away

    A Rockwood man claims he became a crime victim while behind bars.

    Terry Alexander Reese was arrested on Nov. 3, 2016, on a probation violation. He was released from the Roane County Jail on July 30.

    The next day he filed a theft report with the Rockwood Police Department. Reese told Detective Dwayne Gray that he left his 1983 Lincoln Continental parked at the Goldston Apartments when he was arrested last November. Reese said he went looking for his vehicle when he got out of jail and couldn’t find it.

  • Feds mete sentences

    U.S. District Judge Pamela Reeves sentenced three people on Wednesday for their involvement in a Roane County methamphetamine conspiracy.

    Amanda Wells was the first one to learn her fate. Reeves sentenced her to 65 months. Reeves recommended that she be allowed to serve her sentence at the federal prison camp in Alderson, W.Va.

    Lamar England was sentenced second. He also received 65 months. Reeves recommended that he serve the sentence at the federal medical center in Lexington, Ky., or the Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North Carolina.

  • Cash, drugs seized in stop

    Two people are facing felony drug charges following a traffic stop in Rockwood on Tuesday.

    Seth L. Sherrill is charged with manufacture, delivery, sale or possession of methamphetamine and manufacture, deliver, sell of schedule II drugs.

    Melissa Ann Flood is charged with manufacture, delivery, sale or possession of methamphetamine.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Department Deputy Chief John Mayes stopped Flood’s vehicle under suspicion she was driving on a suspended license. Sherrill was a passenger in the car.

  • Harriman hopes to pave under new budget

    Harriman’s first reading of the fiscal year 2018 budget does not include a property tax or fee increase.

    The $7.5 million budget may not include new revenue in the form of taxes, but the city still hopes to tackle some things like paving, namely paving left over from last year’s paving cycle.

    “It is streets we didn’t get to last year that were part of the ongoing paving project. Then the Margrave Drive we are doing with federal funds,” said city manager Kevin Helms.