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Today's News

  • Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss!

    The Henry Center’s 4- to 5-year-old class recently celebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss with a number of activities, including donning the ever-familiar ears from the book “Horton Hears a Who!”

    Class members are, front row from left, Jacob Dingus, Audrey Boles, Emorie Barton, Amanda Woody, Jessica Pugh, Landon Stafford; and back row, Brody Johnson, Lucas Shore, Tom Evans, Ridley Scalf and Daylan Habib.

  • Blood drive March 21 in Harriman

    Medic Regional Blood Center is one of many area organizations eager to say goodbye to the cold doldrums of winter and welcome the warmth of spring.

    “This winter has been brutal, and we have been playing catch up because of all the drives we have had to cancel due to inclement weather,” said Christi Fightmaster, Medic spokeswoman.

    The area blood provider is hoping that warmer weather will bring a renewed interest on behalf of blood donors.

    “We hope that this new season we see an upswing in our collections,” Fightmaster said.

  • Arrests: Nov. 21-Dec. 4, 2013

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Nov. 21 — Harley Steven Brown, 23, 165 Branham Hollow Road, Ten Mile: violation of probation (after-trial mittimus). No bond listed; court date Nov. 18.

    • Tracy Michelle Gibson, 47, 1904 Natchez St., Knoxville; driving on revoked/suspended license. Bond $1,000; court date Jan. 27.

  • Prosecutor may run for public defender

    Kingston attorney Terry L. Stevens II picked up a petition on Monday to run for public defender for the 9th Judicial District.

    That creates a potential conflict of interest, because Stevens currently works as a prosecutor for the 9th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office.

    “At my direction, Assistant District Attorney Terry Stevens has contacted the U.S. General Counsel for the federal Hatch Act to request a formal opinion on the issue since his DUI prosecutor position is federally funded,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.

  • Rocky trial still on

    Rocky Houston’s federal trial remains on schedule for March 17, despite a late effort by his court-appointed attorney to get off the case.

    Michael McGovern filed a motion to withdraw just hours before Monday’s 1 p.m. status conference.

    The timing didn’t sit well with U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. He admonished both McGovern and Houston, who also filed a last minute motion to get rid of McGovern.

    “I take it you’re not going to argue against his request to withdraw,” Shirley asked Houston.

  • Lack of talk led to cellphone snafu, Farmer says

    Mike Farmer blamed a communication snafu for the high taxpayer funded cell phone bills incurred during his time as county executive. One of the bills was $660.25. Another one was $512.56. Several others ranged from $425 to $450.

    “It appears that there was a miscommunication between purchasing and the provider on the text messaging package when the line was established,” Farmer said.

  • Legislation would stymie Harriman annexation efforts

    Harriman officials aren’t too pleased about proposed state legislation that would require annexation of a territory by a municipality be subject to approval by the majority of the residents in the proposed territory.

    “We desperately need to annex in Midtown,” said Harriman Councilman J.D. Sampson.

    Harriman has invested heavily in the Midtown area. Investments include contributions to the Pinnacle Pointe Shopping Center anchored by Kroger and Lowe’s and the city’s part in the expansion of the Interstate 40 interchange.

  • GUEST OPINION: Something was missed in debate in Arizona

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s veto last week of SB 1062 — a controversial “religious freedom” bill few Americans read and even fewer understood — may well have been a defining moment in the history of gay rights in America.

    Post SB 1062, it will be politically difficult, if not impossible, to pass laws that are perceived to allow discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation — even to protect religion, even in red states with Tea Party-favored governors.

  • Putting on the dog

    Roane County Sheriff K-9 Deputy John Mayes and his four-legged partner, Max, paid a visit to some Bowers Elementary third-grade students.

    “I think we have a serious drug problem, and I want our children to be safe,” Lillian Stevens, third grade teacher, said.

    Stevens said having police officers come out and make themselves known takes a lot of the fear of them from the students.

  • Lon Mee work is wrapping up

    The movement of utilities on Lon Mee bridge on Harriman’s Pansy Hill Road is near completion.

    Harriman Utility Board manager Bill Young said they are running tests on the water line currently before putting it online.

    “The paving will come as the weather clears up hopefully pretty soon,” he said.

    The road has had temporary lane closures and workers directing traffic while the move was completed over many months. Several cuts in the road have been made to move the lines on both Pansy Hill and on Emory Drive as well.