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Today's News

  • J.D. Sampson: Community center essential

    Harriman City Councilman J.D. Sampson has a passion for the city, often willing to go to battle for what he feels is in its best interest.

    “I’ve really enjoyed the last 10 years I’ve been on Council,” he said. “I just love my city and love trying to help to do what we can do.

    “Some people say the city council isn’t doing enough, but in 15  years, we haven’t raised the property tax,” Sampson added.

  • Professionalism takes another turn in clerk race

    Professionalism has again become an issue in the race for Roane County circuit court clerk.

    “Customer service has got to be addressed,” candidate Marty Miles said during a forum last week.

    He wasn’t the only candidate who took aim at the issue.

    “I will also position this office to operate by utilizing the utmost in professionalism,” Sarah Stewart said. “From personal appearance to proper phone etiquette.”

  • Circuit clerk candidates slug it out

    Circuit court clerk candidate Sarah Stewart didn’t get a chance to respond at a forum in which opponent Marty Miles took a shot at her.

    “Ms. Stewart, I’d be crazy not to say it, she’s probably walked in that office about two or three times in her life,” Miles said during his closing comments at Tuesday’s candidate forum in Oak Ridge.

    Stewart gave her closing before Miles and didn’t have a chance to answer the allegation.

    She did address it afterward, saying she was at the office several times a week.

  • Rocky Houston in Atlanta pen, could be moved

    Rocky Houston is now in the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons as a resident of U.S. Penitentiary Atlanta.

    U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves sentenced Houston to nine years last month for his conviction on a firearms charge.

    USP Atlanta is a medium-security federal penitentiary with an adjacent minimum-security satellite camp and detention center.

    More than 2,500 inmates were housed there – 2,032 at the penitentiary and detention center and 531 at the camp.

  • No frills? Not at this soccer camp
  • Boys and Girls Club ends first season successfully

    Barefoot children busily color with sidewalk chalk outside while a pair of young girls sing at a piano in the gymnasium.

    Exuberant children fill the Boys & Girls Club in Harriman, which is nearing the end of its summer program. It opened to all school-age children in the Harriman area this summer.

    “It has been going great,” said Reggie Coleman, site director. “The kids are doing well.”

    The program’s goal is to provide children a safe refuge for the summer at a price parents can afford

    Eric Parrott made plenty of friends through the program.

  • Wimmer dies in farming accident

    A former Harriman orthodontist and Harriman Lions Club stalwart died after an accident at his farm.

    Bill Wimmer, 88, of Oakdale, had been working on his farm last Tuesday, July 15, and was putting his tractor-pulled brush mower in the barn at day’s end when he became trapped by it.

    He was calling for help when friends and family found him hours later and was taken to University of Tennessee Medical Center.

    “When we found him, he was talking and laughing a little bit,” said Joe Williams, a fellow Lions Club member and dentist.

  • Alleged burglars ‘friends’ of victim

    Kingston police arrested a Knoxville man and woman for allegedly attempting to break into an apartment on North Kentucky Street Monday.

    “It was approximately 9 o’clock this (Monday) morning,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said.

    Tiffany Nicole Long, 30, and Kyle Thomas Myers, 25, are each charged with aggravated burglary. Police said Leroy Brummett called 911 and said someone was breaking into his apartment.

  • McFarland loans campaign $75k

    How bad does Tom McFarland want to be circuit court judge?

    Enough to loan his campaign $75,000. According to his second-quarter campaign financial disclosure report, he did just that on June 18.

    McFarland’s contributions from individuals during the period totaled $2,000.

    John Valliant Jr., a Knoxville attorney, donated $1,000 of that.

    McFarland faces Mike Pemberton in the race for circuit court judge of the 9th Judicial District. Russell E. Simmons Jr., the current judge, is retiring on Aug. 31.

  • Church Calendar: Aug. 1-10

    FRIDAY, AUG. 1
    • Rockwood Church of God of Prophecy will have a two-day church rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the church at 812 S. Kingston Ave.