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Today's News

  • 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.

  • CONTROVERSIAL PLAQUES PLACED AT COURTHOUSE

    The exterior “In God We Trust” plaques the Roane County Commission approved last year have been installed at the courthouse.

    One is over the parking lot entrance. The other is over the doors on the Race Street side of the courthouse.

    The plaques were installed last weekend.

    The commission approved the “In God We Trust” plaques last July. It wasn’t without controversy, however.

    Commissioner Randy Ellis was accused of playing politics by some of his fellow commissioners.

  • Shot violation of policy, not law

    The District Attorney General’s Office has determined Kingston Police Department Investigator Keith Kile didn’t do anything to warrant prosecution when he fired a warning shot into the ground during a foot pursuit on March 13.

    However, he did run afoul of the rules of the department.