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  • OSHS becoming STEAM Academy

    The Oliver Springs community took a giant leap into the future last week by raising more than $120,000 for a planned STEAM Academy at the high school.

    The Academy, focusing on science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics, is the idea of the Oliver Springs Alumni Education Foundation.

    “We plan not just a STEAM academy, but a great STEAM Academy,” said Dr. Steve Smith, an Oliver Springs dentist and Foundation director who has been instrumental in getting the project off the ground.

  • Officer involved shooting on Mays Valley Road

    A suspect was transported by helicopter to a hospital with multiple gunshot wounds Saturday morning after he threatened Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputies outside a home on Mays Valley Rd.

    David B. Daugherty, 47, was shot in the chest and arm by a RCSO deputy after he threatened officers that had responded to a call about two males arguing at the 352 Mays Valley Rd. home, Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

    Daugherty was reportedly arguing with Keith Edwards, a resident of the home, about the use of a vehicle owned by Edwards’ sister.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: We’re in crisis mode with opioids

    As a business writer who has lived through more economic cycles than I can remember, I’ve often been asked the question “Are we in a recession or a depression?”

    Technically, there hasn’t been a nationwide economic depression since the 1930s. Even still, the answer depends on your perspective.

    “When your neighbor loses his job, that’s a recession. When you lose your job, that’s a depression. “

  • Harriman man charged with murder

    A Harriman man has been charged in a Blount County homicide.

    According to the Alcoa Police Department, 20-year-old Isaiah S. Wright was arrested Wednesday by Harriman police.

    Wright is charged with criminal homicide in the July 25 death of 18-year-old Caleb Thomas Radford of Maryville.

    Radford’s body was found with multiple stab wounds on Topside Road in Louisville. He was taken to University of Tennessee Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

  • State puts OS on notice for sewer plant violations

    Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation found a number of violations during a visit to the Oliver Springs Wastewater Plant last month.

    “In August 2017, a routine inspection was conducted at the wastewater plant resulting in a Notice of Violation being issued. Discrepancies were noted in the areas of flow measurement and recording, sample collection, laboratory procedures as well as operational issues,” said Eric Ward, communications director of TDEC.

    Oliver Springs Manager Chris Mason said the issues were being addressed.

  • SIGN of the times
  • State’s highest court still to rule on judgeship status

    Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton has five years left on an eight-year term that started on Sept. 1, 2014.

    Whether he gets to finish it is still a question mark because the Tennessee Supreme Court has yet to rule on an appeal filed by Tom McFarland, Pemberton’s opponent in the 2014 election.

    At issue is Pemberton’s residency. The law requires candidates to be “a resident of the state for five years and of the circuit or district one year.”

  • COPPING A COOL TREAT
  • Margrave bridge set to open before Christmas

    Drivers will continue to wait until December before being able to cross over Margrave bridge.

    The bridge on Margrave Street remains closed as work continues to rebuild it.

    “Currently the projected opening date is Dec. 13. There has been a good bit of activity this week,” said Harriman city manager Kevin Helms.

    Workers discovered a problem in the project that has pushed the completion date past the original October deadline.

  • Harriman house fire contained

    Harriman Fire Department contained a house fire to a second story bedroom Saturday afternoon.

    “The guys done a great job on the house fire. It was contained to one bedroom. It was under control quick,” said Chief Brad Daniels.

    The fire department was dispatched to the home at 212 ½ Morgan Ave. on a call about an air conditioning unit on fire.

    Upon arrival they saw nothing visible but met a resident who said there was smoke upstairs.