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Today's News

  • Harriman police starting up their Citizens Academy

    Harriman Police Department is accepting applications for its upcoming Citizens Academy.

    The academy will be at 6 p.m. each Tuesday for the next eight weeks. It will cover many aspects of law enforcement, including police procedure and policy, basic firearms, law, officer survival and a ride-along upon academy completion.

    Applications are available at the police station at 130 Pansy Hill Road.

    Call Karen Joseph at 882-3383 for details.

  • Book sale starts April 14

    Rockwood Public Library’s annual book sale will begin at 10 a.m. April 14 in the library at 117 N. Front Ave.

    Hardbound and paperback books, magazines and videos will be offered for all ages.

    The book sale will take place through the week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

    Call the library at 354-1281 for details.

  • Harriman Happenings: March 26

    Last week during spring school break, Carolyn Clemmons’ son Roy gave her a trip to the Isle of Palms near Charleston, S.C. Her hotel was on the beach, and it was so beautiful.

    Carolyn and some friends toured the old plantations, took a horse carriage ride, went to the open-air markets and ate lots of seafood. This was a great vacation.

  • ’Round Rockwood: March 26

    Another possum story I have to tell you: this 90-year-old lady grew up on a small farm in the community of Swan Pond, where possums were plentiful. Even some folks enjoyed hunting them for food.

    Among them was a nearby neighbor who not only hunted them but also enjoyed the tasty meat!

    He didn’t know how to cook anything, let alone a possum, so he brings it over to our house and ask my Mama to cook it for him.

  • THP to conduct April license checks in Roane Co.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting driver license roadside safety checkpoints this month in Roane County.

    The first checkpoint will be from 9 to 10 p.m. April 6 on Hwy. 27 at the Morgan County line.

    Another checkpoint is planned from 1 to 2 p.m. April 20 at Hwy. 70 and Poland Hollow Road.

    Recognizing the danger presented to the public by unqualified drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by drivers who would violate the driver license laws of `Tennessee.

  • Out to Lunch: Forte’s Restaurant has offerings galore on menu

    Again I have combined writing this “Out to Lunch” article with another  committee lunch meeting.  

    As executive director of a furniture-buying group, I scheduled a meeting with the president and treasurer of the group at Forte’s Restaurant on The Square, in Crossville.

    TBG executive committee members have previously enjoyed lunch at Forte’s.

  • 4 dead animals found at home

    A 49-year-old Roane County man is facing three counts of aggravated animal cruelty.

     
    Animal Control Director John Griffin said three dead dogs, a dead horse and a dead turkey were found at the home of Jack Wayne Terry at 470 Old Valley Road, Harriman.

    “We’ve had animal cruelty cases before,” Griffin said. “But some of the things we saw in that house was pretty horrible.”

  • Parking around courthouse going to one hour

    Downtown visitors who park in the vicinity of the old courthouse had best watch the signs in the weeks and months to come.

    Kingston City Council moved in March to simplify much of the area parking by changing several blocks to one-hour zones.

    According to Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam, the problem has been that the zone in question offers such a patchwork of parking — 15-minute spots, 30-minute spots, as well as one- and two-hour spots — that police often have trouble keeping tabs on violators.

  • Sophie’s Choice keeps mom close to home

    Tracie Graham started her now lucrative business Sophie’s Choice so she could stay home with her pride and joy and company namesake Sophie Graham Cooley.

    “I was an older mom and I was looking for something to do so I could hang out with her,” Graham said. “I wanted to spend as much time with her as I could. She would play and I would just mix stuff up.”

  • Harriman Fire Dept. raising funds for vehicle

    Harriman Fire Department is attempting to raise funds for a utility vehicle for emergencies at special events.

    “We already started getting donations,” said Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss. “We had several businesses already help us out.”

    The department has raised about $2,000 toward the estimated $13,000 cost.

    A $5 all-you-can-eat pancake and waffle breakfast is being held at Bowers Elementary on April 14 beginning at 7 a.m.