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Today's News

  • Former asst. principal not rehired

    A former Roane County school administrator who had some run-ins with the law over the past school year may not be back in the fall.

    Donna Renee Moore had been assitant principal at Oliver Springs High School, but was then reassigned to a nonadministrative job at Midtown Education Center.

    “Her status right now is she is not hired back,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said last week.

    Moore was moved to Midtown in March following her arrest for driving under the influence and violation of the implied consent law.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of June 5

    25 Years Ago
    A reception at Harriman’s Bank of Roane County honored three retiring board members. Frank L. Faris of Harriman had served on the board for 30 years. He was the retired owner and operator of Norris Creamery. Rhea R. Browder, president and secretary/treasurer of Harriman Oil Co., had served on the board for 12 years. And Jackson T. Rymer, appointed to the board in 1973, practiced public accounting for more than 35 years.

    10 Years Ago

  • Special chair burns in downtown Harriman fire

    A fire shut down Roane Street in Harriman for hours and damaged two buildings in the 500 block Monday afternoon.

    Most of the damage was in Looking Good Hair Salon owned by Glenda Copeland, but also damaged was the former Edwards Shoe Store, which has been vacant for years.

    “The fire appeared to be what we call a high fire, so it started between the roof and the office area below,” said Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss.

    Firefighters were dispatched at 1:08 p.m.

  • Teens go ‘Beneath the Surface’ for reading

    A number of activities are planned for “Beneath the Surface,” Harriman Public Library’s 2013 Teen Summer Reading Program.

    Activities get underway on July 7 with a focus on relaxing and making worry stones.

    All programs are from 3:30 to 5 p.m. each Tuesday in July.

    Upcoming activities include:

    July 16 — Making a personal time capsule and snacks.

    July 23 — Percy Jackson and Son of Neptune Book Club with snacks.

  • Congressional investigations must be done right

    By Lee H. Hamilton, Center on Congress
    By my count, 11 separate Washington investigations are looking into the three big issues besetting the Obama Administration right now: Benghazi, IRS targeting of Tea Party groups, and the Justice Department’s pursuit of national security leaks to Associated Press reporters.

    That’s a lot of scrutinizing by any measure.

     Don’t get me wrong.

  • CORRECTION

    Due to a clerical error at the circuit court clerk’s office, recent court records involving Berta Presley were wrong.

    Original charges were entered at tampering with evidence, but Presley pleaded to an amended charge of obstruction.

    The charge was subject to diversion and will be dismissed if Presley completes a one-year diversionary program.

  • Caring Hearts sew to help others

    Roane County's Caring Hearts sewing group recently donated 245 quilts to various organizations that help the needy.

    Anyone interested in joining the group or donating supplies may call 376-0867.

    Materials used for quilts include denim fabric, clothes or sheets; polyester fabric or clothes; cotton sheets (good or stained), blankets; and mattress pads.

  • Does the time fit the crime?

    Scottie Hill and his family left the Roane County Courthouse upset on March 27. Nearly two months, later that frustration was still there.

    “The court system is just not right,” Hill said in a May phone interview.  

    His opinion of the court system was formed by the case involving the man who killed his mother. Nancy Hill died in a head-on car crash on Gateway Avenue in Rockwood on June 20, 2011.

  • Harriman summer reading activities kick off June 19

    “Dig Into Reading,” the 2013 summer reading at Harriman Public Library, kicks off June 19 with music and stories.

    Activities for all ages that day will be from 11 a.m. to noon in the library at 601 Walden St.

    With the exception of July 3, programs continue each Wednesday through July 31.                     

    Upcoming activities are:

  • GUEST OPINION: More on media and government secrets

    By Gene Policinski, First Amendment Center
    Will the government ever do it — charge a reporter under the Espionage Act with endangering national security for disclosing classified information?

    No journalist ever has been prosecuted for receiving and writing about such leaked information. Two recent controversies raised questions of how far the Department of Justice officials might go in investigations of such “leaks.”

    But President Obama clearly stepped back from taking the issue to any constitutional cliff.