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  • New fences going up at five fields

    Harriman didn’t waste time approving the lone bid to replace fences at the city’s five ballfields.

    The Roane County Economic Development Foundation approved proposed expenses for public image repair from TVA for the 2008 Kingston ash spill. City officials decided to improve the ballfields to make them more attractive, particularly for potential tournaments.

    “This is coming from the public-image repair money from the TVA board ... not taxpayer money,” stressed Mayor Chris Mason.

  • Theft-weary Harriman woman complains to city

    A woman had harsh words with Harriman police after the most recent of a string of thefts from her property.

    Over the years, Mary Helen Nichols said, a dirt bike, a motorcycle and a four-wheeler were stolen off her lot on Russell Avenue.

    “I’m an old lady who lives alone, and they know it,” Nichols said.

    She said she’s lost confidence in the force, and complained to city officials she does not see them patrol her area.

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  • A Harriman man’s look at racism goes to the top

    I remember, from my youth while growing up in Harriman, the segregated drinking fountains, theater entrances and seating.

    I never understood it, but never bothered to question it. My first black friend shined shoes, as did I, at one of the downtown barber shops.

    We remained friends until his death several years ago from complications brought on by Agent Orange.

    One of his sons, who is now a grandfather, pleases me when he calls me “Dad.”

    I don’t bother trying to explain that to anyone else who might be present.

  • Making it Formal: Big night for Michael Dunn Center

    The Michael Dunn Center holds a number of social events throughout the year.

    “The spring formal is always one of the highlights of those,” President and CEO Mike McElhinney said.

    The formal took place Saturday evening at Midtown Elementary School.

    Sarah Brown said her son, Christopher Forrester, had been looking forward to it for weeks.

    “He loves it,” she said. “He’s been coming for the last three years.”

    Barbara Snell said this was her son T.J.’s third year as well.

  • Workshop delves into customer-focused selling

    “Customer-Focused Selling: Skills to Take You to the Next Level of Excellence” is the topic of an upcoming workshop for business owners and managers.

    The workshop, a cooperative effort between Roane County Chamber of Commerce and SCORE, will be from noon to 2 p.m. May 26.

    It will be in the conference room of Kingston City Hall at 900 Waterford Place.

    Space is limited; call 376-5572 for reservations.

    The workshop is free to Chamber members and $35 to the general public.

  • ‘He loved to walk,’ brother recalls

    It wasn’t uncommon to see Curtis Moore strolling around Kingston.

    “He loved to walk,” brother James Harrison said.

    Moore died doing what he loved last week. According to Kingston police, he was struck by a 2015 Hyundai while walking across Kentucky Street late Thursday.

    The driver of the Hyundai was identified as Peggy Sheppard of 223 Ross Estates Road, Kingston.

    Moore was flown by Lifestar to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville after being hit. He was pronounced dead shortly before 1 a.m. Friday.

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  • Roane tasked with Harriman fire cleanup

    An opinion from the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office appears to have nixed any hopes county officials had of holding Fikret Gencay financially responsible for cleaning up the old Miller & Brewer building.

    The building in downtown Harriman was destroyed by fire in January.

    “I was disappointed,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said about the opinion.

    Woody wanted to go after Gencay to try and recoup the county’s expenses, which is around $100,000 so far.

  • Listeria found at Blue Bell plant in 2013

    The hits keep coming for Blue Bell Creameries.

    Last week, the Food and Drug Administration released a report that showed listeria was found at the ice cream maker’s plant in Broken Arrow, Okla., in March 2013.

    The company didn’t suspend operations at the plant until last month.

    “Several swab tests did show the presence of listeria on non-food surfaces in Blue Bell’s Broken Arrow plant in 2013,” company spokesman Joe Robertson said Friday.