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  • Celebrating 30 years ON THE BEAT

    Thirty years ago last Friday, Jim Washam started his law enforcement career at the Kingston Police Department.

    His decades of service to the department and his hometown didn’t go unnoticed.

    He was honored with a surprise appreciation party on his 30-year anniversary.

    “Chief, I want to say congratulations,” Mayor Tim Neal told Washam. “Putting up with the city for 30 years, I know it had to be tough.”

    Washam said the people he’s dealt with during his career have made the job easy.

  • Harriman doctor’s DUI case continued to July 10

    Harriman doctor Clary Foote’s March 20 court date came and went without a resolution.

    His case was continued to July 10.

    Foote is facing a DUI charge stemming from an April 17, 2016, traffic stop. A report filed by State Trooper Robert Woody said Foote smelled like an alcoholic beverage and had blood shot eyes. Woody said Foote also performed poorly on field sobriety tests.

  • Several school districts changing

    Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, some Roane County school districts will be adjusted to further reduce student travel time and align district boundaries more closely with home addresses. 

    Changes include:

    • Students living in areas north of Hwy. 70 from Caney Creek RV Park to the Kingston bridge will change zones from Midtown Elementary/Cherokee Middle/Roane County High to Midtown/Harriman Middle/Harriman High.

  • Dad’s trial in starvation case may be delayed

    Another continuance could be forthcoming in a Roane County child starvation case.

    Matthew Dotson is scheduled to go to trial on April 17. His attorney, Philip Lomonaco, has filed a motion to continue the trial.

    Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton held a conference call about the motion on Friday. After hearing from attorneys, Pemberton took the motion under advisement.

    “I will work on this over the weekend and will get an order to the court sometime on Monday, hopefully before the close of business,” Pemberton said.

  • Soak in Roane

    The Roane Alliance is embarking on an ambitious tourism promotion that invites visitors to absorb a wide range of the many cultural, historical and recreational opportunities Roane County has to offer.

    The Alliance kicked off the “Soak in Roane” campaign at an event held at Fort Southwest Point Wednesday that was commemorated with a salute from an 18th-century black powder cannon.

  • Harriman fire chief finalist for Ala. job

    Harriman Fire Chief David Bailey is in the running for a fire chief position in Madison, Ala.

    Bailey, who has been with the Harriman Fire Department for a bit more than a year, is one of three finalists.

    A final decision will be made early next month.

    “I love it here. I told the city manager this has nothing to do with people. We have great relationships, especially everyone in the fire department and everyone in the city,” said Bailey.

  • Plateau Park gets state aid

    The state has awarded Plateau Partnership Park a $469,350 site development grant. Gov. Bill Haslam and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe announced the grant last week.

    “Providing more opportunities for citizens in rural Tennessee is one of our top priorities and with the assistance of the site development grants, the rural communities receiving these grants will be ready for investment and economic success,” Haslam was quoted in a press release.

    Plateau Partnership Park was one of 18 sites around the state to receive a grant.

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  • Dumping trash from dumpster spells trouble

    Rockwood police responded to the 800 block of North Chamberlain Avenue on March 13 regarding a man acting suspicious inside a dumpster. They encountered 19-year-old Shaun Keith Smith Jr., who was reportedly throwing trash on the ground from inside the dumpster. He was cited for littering and instructed to clean up the trash he took out of the dumpster.

    That wasn’t the last encounter police would have with Smith, however. Sgt. Jason Halliburton was dispatched back to the same dumpster a few hours later.

  • Appeals court upholds Leon Houston conviction

    Leon Houston didn’t get any relief from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals this time.

    Last week a three-judge panel upheld his federal conviction for transmitting a threat via interstate commerce.

    “We affirm the judgment of the district court,” the panel said.