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Today's News

  • 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.”

  • HUB official talks about utility’s plans

    Despite a moratorium from the state, sewer service to any prospective developments on North Pine Ridge Road shouldn’t be a problem.
    Harriman Utility Board manager Bill Young said the utility can extend the service to pick up a customer.
    An issue was whether sewer lines were already under the railroad tracks that cross Pine Ridge.

  • School board wants to keep control on calendar

    Longtime Roane County Board of Education Member Mike “Brillo” Miller found himself on the losing end of another school calendar vote last Thursday.
    This one dealt with a resolution that opposes legislation to impair a local board’s ability to establish its own calendar. It passed by a 6-3 vote.
    “I don’t like to bring up school calendar, but I do think it should rest with the local board and not with the legislature in Nashville,” Board Member Wade McCullough said.

  • Rockwood cloverleaf to get new design

    The confusing Rockwood intersection known as the cloverleaf, where Hwys. 70 and 27 merge, will soon be getting a makeover.
    Message boards and signs for the construction are in place now.
    “The message boards will be notifying the public of the change in traffic pattern for Nov. 30,” said Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesman Mark Nagi.
    Preliminary work at the intersection started this week. Traffic will be shifted to two lanes during construction, which is scheduled for completion in May.

  • Safeguards in place on court collections

    One of the components of Circuit Court Clerk Kim Nelson’s program to recover unpaid fines and court costs includes the collections agency Solutia.
    The agency once had its contract with the county suspended because officials said they found out it was trying to collect from people who didn’t owe money.
    Nelson, who wasn’t in office at the time, said she heard from people who were wrongly targeted and has put in place measures to keep that from happening.