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Today's News

  • Abandoned asphalt pile was road department’s

    The pile of asphalt that was left abandoned on the side of Creekwood Road belonged to the Roane County Road Department.

    Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said employees Mike Sensaboy, Gage Patterson and Matthew Bolden were filling in potholes on the road and dumped the asphalt after it got cold.

    “They weren’t just out riding down the road trying to waste asphalt,” Ferguson said. “That wasn’t it. It just got cold. It would have gotten cold on me, or you, or anybody.”

  • Harriman to finance $1.5 million for paving

    Harriman City Council will possibly pass a budget next month that includes financing of approximately $1.5 million for paving.

    “One of the biggest things that I am proud of in the budget is the money set aside for paving,” Mayor Chris Mason said.

    “We need to and are going to try to find a way to fund paving every year in the future, as well as maintain the storm drains.”

    The latter, in particular, have him concerned.

  • Aug. 17 Harriman Happenings

    Those who attended womens’ ministry service in Knoxville last Tuesday were Mary Hickey (great soloist), Julia Harris, Ceola Lawrence, Virginia Childress, Marie Frazier, Rosa Osborn, Virginia Hickman, Carolyn Griffin, Carolyn Clemmons, Gloria Ward and Louise Warmley, who gave the memorial.

    The general theme was “Refocusing our missions.”

    The Rev. Margaret Mack presided. Guest speaker was Minister Ruby Winton.

    She gave a great message.

    Henrietta Caldwell is the president. Elder Dr. Joe B. Maddox is moderator.

  • Croce, lawyer with Legal Aid, to be honored by peers

    The Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services will present the 2015 Access to Justice Awards on Sept. 2 at its annual Equal Justice University.

    The awards honor legal professionals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the cause of expanding access to civil legal services.

    Among those to be honored is Lenny Croce.

    Croce will receive the B. Riney Green Award, which recognizes advocates who coordinate statewide efforts to improve the quality of legal services for low-income Tennesseans.

  • Roane Alliance volunteers make a difference

    The Roane Alliance benefits from those who volunteer in its programs.

    They honored those individuals recently with a barbecue cookout.

    Two of those volunteers made a huge difference to Allen Lutz, education & workforce development specialist.

    One of those is Kim Tharp, who volunteers at festivals and other events.

    “She is one of those individuals who takes initiative. She steps up and takes charge,” said Lutz.

  • J. Neal Jewelry a new name for a familiar Harriman business

    Ernie Neal has been doing jewelry repair for 28  years.

    “I was a former Marine. I got out and trained under the GI bill with my uncle,” said Neal.

    He is a third-generation jeweler, with the tradition starting with his grandfather.

    He started out as a boilermaker, which he said was feast or famine — mostly famine.

    “This just seemed the most lucrative easy way to make a living,” he said.

  • Man charged with assault

    Levi Comer, a 25-year-old Rockwood man, is accused of holding his girlfriend hostage.

    Comer is charged with aggravated assault and kidnapping in the incident, which reportedly occurred at 321 Vernal Ave., Harriman. Comer allegedly used a knife in the incident.

    Sgt. James Wadsworth said in the warrant that he saw blood at the scene.

    “I also observed two knives on the coffee table,” he said.

    Wadsworth said he also observed dried up blood on a shirt the alleged victim said she was wearing during the assault.

  • Smoot murder case weakened

    A major blow was dealt to the state’s first-degree murder case against Shawn Nelson Smoot on Thursday.

    Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen approved a defense motion to suppress evidence police obtained during a search of Smoot’s residence.

    Defense attorney Bob Jolley argued the warrant that authorized the search violated the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution because it didn’t specify what police were looking for.

  • Women jail numbers a problem for Roane

    The Tennessee Corrections Institute conducted its reinspection of the Roane County Jail on Aug. 7.

    Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said he believes it went well.

    The exit interview report said, “no deficiencies other than square footage and toilet ratios in female housing.”

    Phillips said that’s because of female overcrowding. The jail is certified to hold 32, but had 49 in custody on Aug. 7.

  • School board prepares for director search

    The timeframe for finding a new director of schools could be similar to the one the Roane County Board of Education followed in 2012, which was the last time the job was open.

    “I would say the process will probably begin in January or February,” Chairman Mike “Brillo” Miller said. “Somewhere in that timeframe.”

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes said this will be his last year in the position. The board hired Aytes in 2012 to replace Toni McGriff, who retired.