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  • Harriman resets judge, CFO interviews

    Harriman officials will interview candidates for city judge and chief finance officer in a workshop session at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Harriman Police Department.

    “Both candidates who applied for Judge are being interviewed,” said City Manager Kevin Helms.

    Those are sitting judge Charles Crass and James Patrick Henry, who practices law in Kingston.

    “The two candidates who

    already have the state required Certified Municipal Finance Officer designation are being interviewed,” Helms added.

  • Federal firearms plea expected

    A Harriman man is expected to plead guilty in a federal firearms case next month.

    Jesse Lee Duncan, 34, is charged with with two counts of knowingly possessing a rifle with a barrel less than 16 inches in length not registered to him.

    He also faces one count of knowingly possessing a silencer not registered to him.

  • Old Harriman hospital bldg. ‘all about potential’

    Harriman City Council joined other city officials and residents on last week’s tour of the empty Roane Medical Center.

    The facility, formerly Harriman Hospital, was left vacant in February 2013, when Covenant Health moved operations to Midtown’s new facility.

    Demolishing portions of the building is among the possibilities city leaders would like to see considered.

    Mayor Wayne Best asked Council members to keep an open mind during the tour.

    “It is all about potential,” added Councilman Chris Ahler.

  • Four overdose death-free months in Roane

    Earlier this year, it looked like the number of drug overdose deaths in Roane County might be decreasing.

    Roane County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Boduch said there were no overdose deaths during the latter part of 2015 or the first few months of this year.

    “Between Nov. 5 and March 18, I didn’t have a single one in months,” he said. “Usually you get something over the holidays, and we were optimistic.”

  • Unique approach in RSCC’s ‘God’s Man in Texas’

    Theatergoers will have an unusual experience with the next production from the Roane State Community College Playmakers.

    “God’s Man in Texas” will be performed next month, and Theater Director Clarissa Feldt said instead of traditional theater seating, audience sections will be specially constructed on stage.

    Though it will decrease the number of potential viewers, the unique approach will create an intimacy between the actors and their audience, she explained.

  • Youth theater camp in Roane next year

    Roane State Community College, the Princess Theatre and the Tennessee Arts Commission are teaming up to host a youth theater camp next summer.

    Clarissa Feldt, RSCC theater director, said the camp is open to middle and high school students in Roane, Anderson, Morgan and Cumberland counties. There is only room for 15 students, but those selected will be attending the camp free of charge.

  • A good kind of BRAT

    Participants in the 27th annual Bike Ride Across Tennessee Fall Tour camp for the night at Southwest Point recently before continuing their two-wheeled excursion around the state.

    The tour began at Cumberland Mountain State Park in Crossville and ran about 400 miles with daily mileage averages from 55-75 miles.

  • Kingston’s Woody revs up fans at Tennessee home games

    When Keelie Woody was growing up in Kingston, she dreamed of one day being a cheerleader for the University of Tennessee Spirit Team.

    She’s now living out that dream — Vols fans can look for her on the sidelines Saturday, when she’ll be one of a select few leading the cheers against Florida in front of a sellout crowd at Neyland Stadium.

  • Pills proving deadly over past 8 months

    There were 19 confirmed overdose deaths in Roane County in 2015.

    The numbers this year haven’t given officials a reason to feel better about the problem.

    According to information provided by the Roane County Sheriff’s Office, 15 people had died from overdoses in Roane County through the end of August. Four of those were confirmed and the final determination on the others were still pending.

  • Vehicular homicide parolee jailed for alleged violation

    Bryan K. Howard feared his July arrest would jeopardize his parole on a vehicular homicide sentence. Those concerns may have been justified.

    Howard was booked into the Roane County Jail on a Tennessee Department of Correction parole violation warrant on Sept. 14.

    “Parole violation warrants are non-bondable,” said Melissa McDonald, communications director for the Tennessee Board of Parole. “That means Mr. Howard will remain in jail until a revocation hearing can be held for him.”

    That could take a while.