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Today's News

  • Harriman man indicted for aggravated sexual battery

    Leonard Lloyd James, 33, was indicted by the Roane County grand jury last month for aggravated sexual battery.
    James, who also goes by the name Buddy Love, was arrested on Nov. 2. The alleged crime occurred on July 8. The alleged victim was younger than 13.
    Court records listed James’ address as 929 Sewanee St., Apt. 101, Harriman. 
    Assistant Public Defender Walter Johnson has been appointed to represent James. A status hearing is scheduled for March 10.

  • IRS warns of phone scam

    The IRS is warning the public about a phone scam that targets people across the nation, including recent immigrants.
    Callers claiming to be from the IRS tell intended victims they owe taxes and must pay using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer.
    The caller threatens those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license.
    The callers who commit this fraud often:
    •  Use common names and fake IRS badge numbers.

  • J&B Furniture closing shop in Rockwood

    After 29 years of family business, Jack and Betty McGuire have decided it’s time to close the doors of Rockwood’s J&B Furniture.
    The store is a fixture on downtown’s West Rockwood Street.
    “In February, it would have been 30 years,” Betty McGuire said.
    Jack McGuire has been in Rockwood 45 years and worked at many businesses before finding his passion in furniture sales.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Old-fashioned flavor and good food at Dean’s Restaurant

    Oak Ridge is known as the Secret City. Dean’s Restaurant & Bakery at Jackson Square may be included as one of the city’s best-kept secrets.
    I’ve previously mentioned that my wife, Carol, and I went to school in Oak Ridge and are involved in planning our high school class reunions.
    Several reunion committee members had mentioned eating at Dean’s, which opened last June, so I suggested a committee lunch meeting there.

  • Harriman man killed in Saturday morning wreck

    Coy R. Slaven, a 35-year-old Harriman man, was killed in a Saturday morning car crash.
    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the wreck happened on Highway 27 at the intersection of Rock Bridge Road just after midnight.
    The report said Slaven ran off the road and struck a tree in his 1996 Ford Explorer. 
       
     

  • Rockwood falls at Silverdale

    There’s something about Chattanooga that doesn’t sit well with the Rockwood Tigers, as Friday night marked the third straight season and fourth in the past five years that the Tigers would see their season end in the city bordering Georgia.

    The first three trips were at Boyd-Buchanan in 2009, 2011 and 2012, while Silverdale Baptist Academy knocked the Tigers out of the TSSAA Class 2A playoffs Friday night, 34-18.

  • Midway rolls past Unaka in playoff opener, 40-7

    The Midway Green Wave hosted their first playoff game since 2007 and the wait was worth it as Joe Campbell’s squad rolled past Unaka, 40-7.

    The Green Wave started this season red hot scoring no less than 28 points through the first five games. They had a little lull scoring wise in the next four games but seem to have picked up the pace a little in the last two games, scoring 38 at Greenback last week and 40 Friday night against the Rangers.

  • Harriman falls at Moore County, 20-7

    The 2013 season ended on a sad note for the Harriman Blue Devils Friday night as Travis Tapp’s squad dropped a 20-7 decision at Moore County in the opening round of the TSSAA Class 1A playoffs.

    Harriman faced an uphill battle Friday, but stayed within striking distance until late in the contest. The Blue Devils were without about half of their starting lineup due to injuries, plus they had to deal with a long bus ride to Lynchburg to take on the Blue Raiders.

  • Pinnacle Pointe case ends with a whimper

    Litigation that has pitted Harriman city officials with the developers of Pinnacle Pointe shopping center ended in somewhat of a whimper.
    The parties met in mediation for hours Tuesday before coming up with a settlement significantly less than both parties said they could be owed.
    “We were up there from 9 to 6 kicking everything around,” said Councilman J.D. Sampson. “We made an offer. They came back and counter-offered. We ended up getting not what we wanted, but they didn’t get what they wanted. We kind of met in the middle.”

  • VEC launches new website for customers

    VEC customers are finding that www.vec.org is the most convenient way to pay their bill, update account information, ask a question, or access a wealth of information about VEC’s products and services.
    Now VEC’s customers are finding it convenient to take care of their business while waiting to pick up their children from school, while they sit in a doctor’s waiting room, or anywhere and anytime they find themselves with a few minutes to spare.
    Mobile internet devices are making that possible.