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  • Nam Jam honors Vietnam vets, helps with memorials

    Vietnam veterans will gather together for a good time and a chance to meet with other veterans from that period at Nam Jam.

    The event, to honor Vietnam vets, will be at Harriman American Legion Post 53 from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, and it will feature a meal and performance by the Grand Prees.

    “They are going to play our music, the ’60s and ’70s,” said Gary Todd, a Vietnam veteran.

  • Oakdale woman now facing first-degree murder charge

    By Joe King


    The voluntary manslaughter charge against Tonya Baughman in the killing of Ellis Hamby at their Oakdale home has been upgraded to first-degree murder.

    The upgrade in the charge came following the result of additional information gained in the investigation, according the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

    In addition to first-degree murder, Baughman is also charged with tampering/fabricating evidence, although authorities have not given details on the additional charge.

  • Security cameras at vets memorials

    Culprits causing damage to the veterans memorials at David Webb Riverfront Park will now be caught on camera.

    “If they are down there doing something we are going to catch them,” said Cliff Cole, adjutant at American Legion Post 53. “At least we are going to get their photograph.”

    Post 53 has been heavily involved with fundraising for the monuments at the park, and its members feel passionate about protecting them.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Now it’s time for us to work together

    I’m writing this Monday afternoon as perhaps the most contentious presidential elections in recent history is winding down.

    By the time you read this the election will be decided, hopefully, and a new chapter will open in the long and admirable tradition of democracy in our country.

    I can only hope whichever candidate received the most electoral votes has accepted the honor in a gracious and dignified manner that shows respect for everyone who voted.

  • GLIMPSES: May we follow example of Banker, Skinner


    As I write these words, Election 2016 is barely 48 hours away. When you read this column, that painful ordeal will (thankfully! hopefully?) be over.

    In the interim, I reflect on two exceptional men – with hope that their good lives may help calm our present anxieties.


    Midtown’s intersection of Hwy. 70 and Pine Ridge Road can be a dangerous place, but officials say a project is in the works to make the intersection safer.

    Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms said city and state officials have been working since around 2014 to address the problem. The state is now looking at their spot safety program to fund improvements at the intersection.

    Helms said the project may go to bid in the first quarter of 2017.

    “It is not a big project so hopefully it won’t take too long to get through,” said Helms.

  • Student killed getting off bus

    A 12-year-old student was hit and killed by a motorcycle after getting off a Roane County school bus Friday.

    The accident happened on Old Harriman Hwy. in the Blair area around 4 p.m.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating.

    Jacob Paterson, the student who was killed, attended Oliver Springs Middle School.

    According to the THP, Jacob exited his school bus on the west side of the road.

  • Lots turn out for early voting

    Early voting was a hit in Roane County.

    According to the Tennessee Department of State, 14,860 people voted early or by absentee as of Nov. 3, which was the last day to vote early for Tuesday’s election.

    “That’s the record since I’ve been here,” Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said.

    Holiway has been in the position since April 24, 2009.

  • Revenues from proposed sales tax hike ‘kind of like a grant’ for city

    Harriman officials think at least 50 percent of the city’s sales tax revenue is generated by shoppers who do not live in the city.

    City Manager Kevin Helms hopes that will be a good reason for Harriman voters to support a sales tax referendum that would increase the city’s sales tax in Harriman .25 percent, from 2.5 to 2.75 percent.

    That increase would mean an additional 25 cents for a $100 bag of groceries, for example.

    He compares the proposal to a grant, a mixture of funds from outside the community matched by those within.

  • Duncan facing more legal woes

    Jesse Lee Duncan, a 34-year-old Harriman man, faces a sentencing hearing next year in his federal criminal case.

    Duncan was indicted by a federal grand jury in June on two counts of knowingly possessing a rifle with a barrel less than 16 inches in length not registered to him and one count of knowingly possessing a silencer not registered to him.

    He pleaded guilty to those charges last month, and is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Phillips on Feb. 22.