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Today's News

  • Dough for denture damage

    A man who claimed he broke a partial denture eating a crouton at Pizza Hut in Harriman won a judgment against the restaurant on Friday.

    Roane County General Sessions Court Judge Jeff Wicks awarded Everett Chatman $2,400, interest and court costs.

    “We tried to work it out with their insurance company, but they never wanted to talk,” Rockwood attorney Mark Foster said Friday. “So we went ahead and filed.”

    Foster represented Chatman in the case.

  • Ex-cop now up on murder attempt

    Former TVA and Lenoir City police officer Jeremy Alexander Gambrell, accused of shooting his ex-wife Jenny Lynn Gambrell multiple times in the chest last week, is now facing stiffer charges.

    District Attorney Russell Johnson advised Roane County Sheriff’s Investigator Greg Scalf to upgrade the charges to attempted second-degree murder, according to a news release sent out last week.

    Gambrell, 41, was initially charged with aggravated assault. The decision was made to upgrade the charges after Scalf was able to interview the victim.

  • County drivers at fault but not cited

    Two county employees were found at fault in crashes that occurred last month while driving county vehicles.

    Neither was cited nor arrested.

    “When a trooper or any law enforcement officer makes contact with an individual, he/she has the discretion to give verbal or written warnings, issue a citation or make an arrest,” Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. Bill Miller said.

    The THP investigated both accidents because they involved county vehicles.

  • No quake damage to retaining wall

    The underground retaining wall at the TVA ash spill cleanup site held up just fine during an earthquake earlier this month, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    The 2.5-magnitude earthquake centered about 7 miles east/northeast of Kingston the afternoon of March 8.

    “The perimeter stabilization wall did not sustain any damage,” EPA Remedial Project Manager Craig Zeller said.

  • Attorney Donice Butler suspended

    Harriman attorney Donice Butler has been temporarily suspended by order of the Tennessee Supreme Court.

    According to the March 13 order, the court took the action because Butler failed to respond to the Board of Professional Responsibility concerning a complaint of misconduct.

    “This suspension remains in effect until dissolution or modification by the Supreme Court,” a board press release on Butler’s suspension said.

  • SEUSSIFY YOUR APPETITE

    A second-grade classroom at Kingston Elementary could have easily been confused for a restaurant earlier this month.

    Twenty different waiters and waitresses could be found running around.

    Jeri Allen’s second-graders opened the doors of Dr. Seuss’s Readers Cafe.

    It’s the seventh time students under her tutelage have taken on the project.

    “We serve up books all day long,” Allen said.

    Much like a café where you eat, students dress and hold roles as servers, hosts and chefs for their peers.

  • Fires strike Proton Power, Scenic Drive

    A Harriman home and a Roane County business sustained damages from fires earlier this month.

    A blaze gutted a barn and destroyed items stored at what Proton Power affectionately refers to as “the farm.”

    “They are trying to find out what the cause was,” said Daniel Hensley, chief operations officer for Proton Power, of firefighters who worked the scene.

    He said company officials are trying to determine losses. The pole barn was used for storage and had some equipment stored inside.

  • Man charged with running over fiancée

    A Harriman man is charged with aggravated assault in connection with an incident earlier this month.

    Brady Chase Satterfield, 29, of 216 Shady Drive, was taken into custody for a domestic disturbance that police said involved him and his fiancée, Alexi Nyreen Shaw.

    Reports said Shaw told officers Satterfield had run over her with their car.

    She had injuries on the left and right sides of her face, the palms of both hands and her stomach, all consistent with “road rash,” the report said.

  • Business Licenses

    HARRIMAN

    January-February 2015

    Karen M. Sella, LMT

    518 Devonia St.

    924-7354

    Mountain Cellular

    Raj Jain

    1205 S. Roane St., Unit C

    275-5106

    Walsh & Associates

    James T. Walsh

    117 McNew Drive

    704-737-0902

    Mirror Image Salon

    Connie Susan Woods

    611 Carter Ave.

    882-9172

    Pride’s Trail Guides

    Brian Pridemore

    121 Navaho Lane

    617-1713

    Wheels Towing

  • Yager bill aims to protect volunteer drivers from liability

    Legislation which encourages good Samaritans to volunteer to take senior citizens to places such as doctor appointments, the grocery store or the pharmacy has received final state Senate approval.

    The Protection of Volunteer-Insured Drivers of the Elderly Act, sponsored by state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Kingston, would help non-profit Human Resource Agencies and charitable organizations by giving transportation volunteers civil immunity as they seek to provide these citizens the help they need to remain independent.