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Today's News

  • Leon Houston’s officer ID deadline up

    The government has until today — Friday — to disclose the names and addresses of law enforcement officers who were present the night Leon Houston was arrested in January.
    Houston requested the information in his federal case.
    Prosecutors objected to the disclosure, but U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. ordered the government to produce the information.

  • Donice Butler case may be settled sans hearing

    Harriman attorney Donice Butler might not have to face her accusers at a disciplinary hearing next month.
    This no-go could have nothing to do with a continuance in the case, either.
    On Wednesday, Butler said she is in the process of working to resolve the matter with the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility.
    If negotiations go well, she said the hearing won’t be necessary and the case would be over.
    Some former clients have accused Butler of wrongdoing.

  • Bounty hunters at wrong house, lawsuit contends

    A Harriman family is seeking $525,000 in damages from an Alabama bail bond company and two bounty hunters.
    Attorney Scott McCluen filed the lawsuit in Roane County Circuit Court on Monday against Ruben Brown, Michael Anthony Henderson Jr. and Learnest Wilson.
    They are accused of assault, aggravated assault, aggravated criminal trespass, false imprisonment and reckless endangerment.
    Brown owns Affordable Bail Bonds of Montgomery, Ala. According to the lawsuit, he posted a $1,000 bond for a Kayla Inman in Montgomery Municipal Court in August 2012.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Hope is that bum knee can be fixed, not replaced

    A couple of years ago, my doctor made one of those scrunched-up faces he gets when talking about my left knee.
    It’s a face that says, indirectly, I’m looking at a bionic knee or two down the road.
    Those of you who have followed me for the past 11 years or so know I’m no stranger to surgery. At least one of them saved my life.
    But this is one surgery I don’t want to have.
    Not now.
    Not ever.
    After last year’s talk with my doc, I backed down on my hiking. I quit trying to run. I put away my tennis racquet.

  • GUEST OPINION: Crazy free speech battles on campuses

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    Inside the First Amendment
    Robert Van Tuinen’s run-in with campus police would be a funny story — if it weren’t such a disturbing example of how freedom of speech is under assault on many American college and university campuses.
    As reported in The Daily Caller and elsewhere, Van Tuinen, a student at Modesto Junior College in California, was stopped from handing out copies of the Constitution on Sept. 17 – the 226th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: CEO pay steals from workers and stockholders

    In the past couple of years we have seen and heard many things from some of our Tea Party-type friends that have amazed us, but probably the most amazing thing yet was Marsha Blackburn’s complaint this past Sunday about the U.S. Senate not being in session on that day!

    Miss Marsha is, as you no doubt know, one of the members of Congress from a district in Middle Tennessee, one of the strongholds of the Church of Christ.

    We had always thought that that area was a member in good standing of the Bible Belt.

  • Harriman Garden Club decks Riverfront display for fall

     

    Jamie Russell, left, Harriman Garden club vice president, and Bridget Stricker add the finishing touches to the fall garden display at Riverfront Park in Harriman. “Everyone just loved it so much that we decided to do it bigger this year,” said Pat Ramsey, president. Club members said this year they are planning on decorating for the winter holidays as well. Harriman Garden Club celebrated its 55-year anniversary last week with a picnic drawing almost 30 people.
     

  • Loose change rejected by HUB

    It’s hard for Wendy Jackson to keep her lights on.

    She felt helpless when she went to Harriman Utility Board last week after her most recent outage and brought money she’d begged from family and friends — some of it in change jars.

    It was shortly before closing, and the clerks initially denied her the coins before changing their minds.

    “I had $281,” Jackson said. “They (originally) refused to take my change because it wasn’t rolled.”

  • Rockwood man stabbed in Wartburg

    One man was in intensive care and another facing charges following a stabbing incident in Wartburg.

    Wartburg Police were called to Roane Medical Center around 5 a.m. Sunday to investigate a report of a stabbing that had allegedly occurred near the intersection of Hwys. 27 and 62 in Wartburg.

    According to authorities, Harold Gene Raby, 39, 207 Elm Grove St. in Loudon, and his wife, Janice Bramblett, gave Warren Dyer, 27, Rockwood, a ride from Kroger in Midtown to Wartburg.

  • TWRA informed of federal area closings

     

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is informing sportsmen that due to the federal governmental shutdown on Oct. 1, several federal public lands have been impacted.