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Today's News

  • 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.

    MAY 6 CASES DISPOSED

    Dorian L. Lester, financial responsibility law. Dismissed.

    Michael D. Forbes, speeding. Conditional dismissal. Financial responsibility law. Guilty.

     Steven D. Bain, speeding. Conditional dismissal. First-offense seat belt 16-17. Guilty as charged. Registration law and financial responsibility law. Dismissed.

  • Salute the Bill of Rights and save on legal bills

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    Here we go again.
    In a familiar legal skirmish, a judge has once again told a local government that it has to remove a Ten Commandments monument from public grounds because it violates the establishment clause of the First Amendment.
    Senior District Judge Maurice Paul ordered Dixie County, Fla., officials to remove the monument from the grounds of the courthouse in Cross City.

  • Take a sales tax break: Exempt items include clothes, computers and school supplies

    Area businesses and consumers will get a boost from Tennessee’s Sales Tax Holiday next weekend, said state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman.

    The special weekend begins at 12:01 a.m. Aug. 5 and ends at 11:59 p.m. Aug. 7.

  • Last chance to pick up Harriman alum photos

    Harriman City Schools Alumni Association will offer miscellaneous photographs to the public for the last time this summer on Aug. 13.

    The photos of stu-
    dents who attended Harriman City Schools have accumulated since the 1970s.

    They will be available to the public from 3 to 6 p.m. in front of the Temperance Building.

    A few yearbooks from the 1980s and 1990s will also be available.

    Donations will be accepted to help support scholarship funds administered by the Alumni Association.  

  • Nuts & Bolts by Terri Likens: Letters to the editor — why some do not run

    We love hearing from our readers, especially when they express their opinions in a letter to the editor.
    But now and then we get letters that, for one reason or another, we cannot run.
    A recent example was one criticizing the tax assessor and her office.
    A major reason this letter did not run was it was written by another person who has openly expressed running for the tax assessor’s office.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of July 27

    25 Years Ago
    Efforts to combat drug use, abuse and trafficking in Kingston were given a substantial boost by the establishment of a drug fund for the city. Money for the fund is brought in through court-ordered donations upon conviction of drug offenders and allows the police department to finance undercover operations or any type of enforcement activities which relate to drugs, without going before the commission with an expenditure request. Such requests could unnecessarily alert targeted suspects.

    10 Years Ago

  • THP to conduct sobriety check in Roane Co.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct sobriety roadside safety checkpoints in Roane County during the week of Aug. 1 on Hwy. 58 near the new bridge.

    Impaired driving is a serious crime that annually kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 in the United States, a THP release said.

  • Single punch, man is dead: Parking lot fender-bender led to attack outside bar

    A vehicle mishap led to a single, angry punch outside a bar early Saturday morning.

    That has left one man dead and another charged with his death.

    Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) for David Harvey, 46, of Harriman.

    “He’s going to be missed,” mother Rebecca Harvey said. “What happened to him shouldn’t have happened.”

  • Trouble for bar now?

    Authorities are taking a hard look at the Grill and Pub, which is also known as the Big Orange Bar, after Saturday’s violence.

    “It is a nuisance, and we’re looking at what we can do to make sure they are abiding by all the beer board rules,” said Roane County Chief Deputy Tim Phillips.

    Longtime missing person Cheryl Payne was last seen at that location, Phillips said.

    “We don’t know what we can do legally, and we’re going to find out,” he said.

  • Teacher in oinking incident resigns

    The Bowers Elementary School kindergarten teacher who was suspended for a taunting incident this past spring has resigned.

    Debbie Hayes notified Roane County Director of Schools Toni McGriff of her intention to step down in a letter dated July 21.  

    “I wish to submit my resignation and intention to retire from Roane County Schools effective immediately,” Hayes wrote. “My medical condition, due to the stress from my employment, causes me to be unable to work.”