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  • Officer of the year looms large

    At 6 feet, 5 inches, Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Kittrell stands out in a crowd.
    However, it wasn’t his height that separated him from his peers in 2010. Sheriff Jack Stockton said it was his work ethic.
    “He’s dependable,” Stockton said. “Any assignment that he’s given, he’d follow through with the assignment and you don’t have to check behind him. You know that it’s done once you give him an assignment.”

  • Woman dies in Harriman fire

    A 68-year-old Harriman woman was found dead at her 902 Clifty St. home by Harriman firefighters who responded to a fire last Friday around 10 a.m.

    Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss said the deceased, Elizabeth Brown Bryant, lived in the duplex-style home of the Harriman Housing Authority at the corner of Clifty and Georgia streets.

    Emergency personnel found her near the entrance of her home.

  • Patton wins appeal on criminal charges

    An ouster proceeding in June 2009 got constable Mark Patton kicked out of office.

    It also proved fatal to the state’s criminal case against Patton.

    On Monday, the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals threw out a three-count indictment against Patton because he was compelled to testify.   

  • Officeholders set up shop

    New officeholders U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais and state Rep. Julia Hurley are in the process of opening their regional offices.

    While Roane County residents are losing the proximity of DesJarlais’ predecessor,  former U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis’ Roane County office, DesJarlais staff said they will be more than able to be a presence in all the district’s communities, using people in the field and using online tools.

    The nearest field office will be in neighboring Crossville, with two others in Columbia and Winchester.

  • Harriman ponders building code changes

    Harriman approved on first reading moving to the 2006 edition of the International Building Code.

    The change, along with to the 2006 editions of the International Residential Code, International Plumbing Code and International Fire Code, among others, will not mean much, according to officials.

    “It is the same code being used by the county and most surrounding jurisdictions as well as that adopted by the state,” said building inspector Maria Nelson in an interview prior to last week’s vote.

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  • New state representative cited for speeding

    If the Tennessee General Assembly is meeting on March 18, Republican state representative Julia Hurley may not be there in the morning.
    She’s scheduled to appear in Roane County General Sessions Court that day at 9 a.m. to answer a speeding ticket.
    “I don’t have anything to say about it” she said. “It’s a traffic ticket. What are you going to do? Pay it, I guess.
    Hurley was cited by the Tennessee Highway Patrol on Saturday.
    According to the citation, she was driving a BMW 77 mph in a 50-mph zone on Hwy. 27.

  • Road intent may open development

    A land owner got the promise he says he needs to draw a retail development to his property in Midtown.

    Harriman City Council approved a letter last week saying it is the city’s intent to open Pinnacle Drive, a roadway that stops at an embankment at Pinnacle Pointe, the complex that includes Lowe’s and Kroger and is at the heart of litigation between the city and businessmen Jerry Duncan and Steve Kirkham.

  • Driver gets big break, asks for another

    Michael Derrick Muir had caught a break for more than 10 years.

    That didn’t prevent him, however, from asking for another one during a traffic stop last Wednesday.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Kittrell stopped Muir on Hwy. 70 for a taillight violation. Kittrell ran a check of Muir’s driver’s license and found out it had been revoked for driving under the influence on Sept. 10, 1998.