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Today's News

  • Santa rides the rails in December

    For the first two weekends in December, Santa Claus will leave his sleigh in the garage and climb aboard the Secret City Scenic Excursion Train.

    St. Nick be on board the train Dec. 3-4 and Dec. 10-11.

    He's sure to delight children of all ages as he makes his way through the train passing out gift bags and making himself available for pictures with children.

    The volunteers of Southern Appalachia Railway Museum will have the train all decked out in holiday style to add to the excitement of the trips and the season.

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Oct. 3 — Robin J. Gorth, theft of merchandise shoplifting. Guilty.

    • Brent C. Spangler, criminal impersonation. Dismissed.

    • Justin C. Solock, theft of property $1,000-$10,000 solicitation. Guilty.

    • Melanie M. Cofer, implied consent misdemeanor and first-offense DUI. Bound over.

  • Property Transfers

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse Oct. 27-31:

    From Joshua A. Wallace to Megan R. Wallace by quit-claim deed, Dist, 2, 3.17 acres, Scandlyn Cross Road, $0.

    From David O’Daniel, Linda Baxter Acuff Trustee, Randall Horton Trustee, Terry Ann Nelson Trustee, Donald Steven Acuff 2004 Revocable Trust, and Donald S. Acuff Estate to James Kenneth Beaty by warranty deed, Dist. 4, O’Daniel David Property, Lot 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, Acuff Donald S. Property, Lot 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, $73,581.

  • Arrests

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Nov. 16 — Amber Nicole Bray, 26, 1728 Knoxville Hwy., Wartburg: failure to appear, and violation of probation. No bond; court date Jan. 9, 2012.

    Nelson Lee Harmon, 41, 220 Hillside Dr., Harriman: four counts violation of probation. Total bond $40,000; court date Dec. 5.

  • Shawn Alexander Burney

    Shawn Alexander Burney of Harriman celebrated his second birthday on Nov. 18 with a Mickey-Mouse-themed party.

    He is the son of Scott and Melissa Burney of Harriman.

    Grandparents are Linda Utley Banks of Harriman, and Troy and Annette Burney of Oliver Springs.

    Great-grandparents are the late Melvin and Lola Utley, Junior and Sarah Burney, and O.T. and Etoy McDaniels.

    Shawn has an older brother, Brayden.

  • Alyson Kate Wheeler

    Alyson Kate Wheeler turned 8 years old on Nov. 6.

    She celebrated with a Monster-High-themed party at Roane County Skating Center with friends and relatives.

    She is the daughter of Richard and Carla Wheeler of Kingston.

    Grandparents are R.L. Lawson and the late Shirley Lawson, and Richard and Elizabeth Wheeler, all of Harriman.

    Alyson has an 11-year-old brother, Noah.

  • Braxton Olivia Fritz

    Braxton Olivia Fritz celebrated her sixth birthday Oct. 11.

    She celebrated at Premier Athletics in Farragut with family and friends.

    She is the daughter of Matt and Angie Thomas Fritz of Kingston.

    Grandparents are Jim and Becky Moates Thomas of Kingston and Ernest and Cynthia Fritz of Harrison.

    Great-grandmothers are Betty Pratt of Urbana, Ohio, and Madeline Moates of Rockwood.

  • Mr. & Dr. Easter

    Sarah Rae Strunk and Nickolas Paul Easter were married on Oct. 22 in a candlelight ceremony at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Abingdon, Va.

    The Rev. Ray Jones Jr., pastor emeritus of Wise Baptist Church in Wise, Va., officiated during the double-ring ceremony.

  • Shelter opened after public housing fire

    By CINDY SIMPSON
    and KATIE HOGIN
    A temporary shelter at Harriman Community Center was set up Sunday after a small fire and extensive smoke damage forced the evacuation of dozens of public housing residents at Harriman Gardens shortly after midnight.
    The fire appears to have originated in a fourth-floor dayroom in the 925 Sewanee St. building.
    Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss said the fire’s cause is still under investigation.
    Goss had one bit of key information, however.
    “It started on a couch, it appears,” Goss said.

  • Holiday meals without the fuss

    Cracker Barrel stays busy, but the Thanksgiving crowd is an exceptional challenge.
    Each year, people break with tradition and the hard work of preparing a big meal and head out to eat — often to the popular eatery.
    “From the guest’s point of view, it is more of a way for the family to get together and not worry about the mess, cooking and cleaning,” said Sherman Minton, an associate manager at the Harriman restaurant. “They can actually enjoy Thanksgiving.”