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Today's News

  • DA says no proof of theft in bar death

    Witnesses reported seeing someone go through David Harvey’s pockets as he either lay dying or dead in the parking lot of a bar outside Harriman.

    No one, however, has been charged with theft or robbery, and that’s not gone over well with Harvey’s family.

    “We’ve talked to the family,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said. “The family wants us to charge theft or robbery, but we can’t prove anything was taken.”

    Harvey, 46, died outside the Grill & Pub on July 23, 2011.

  • THP to conduct February license checks in Roane

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct driver license roadside safety checkpoints from 10 to 11 a.m. Feb. 1 on Pansy Hill Road in Roane County.

    Recognizing the danger presented to the public by unqualified drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by drivers who would violate the driver license laws of Tennessee.

    THP officials said they have found these driver license roadside safety checkpoints to be an effective means of enforcing driver license laws of Tennessee while ensuring the protection of all motorists.

  • More meth labs seized in Roane over the last year

    Meth labs continue to proliferate in Roane County, despite state laws passed in recent years that were supposed to curb the problem.

    “We’ve dealt with more labs than we care to deal with, but they’re there and we got to deal with them,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said.

    Kristin Helm, a public information officer for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, said complete statistics for 2012 were not available.

  • Arrests: Jan. 12-17, 2013

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Jan. 12 — Warren Everett Dyer, 27, 402 Furnace Ave., Rockwood: criminal trespassing, shoplifting theft of property, an unknown charge. Total bond $3,000; court date Feb. 25.

    • Tiffany Laura Edwards, 34, 536 Baumgarder Road, Harriman: failure to appear. Bond $5,000; court date Feb. 4.

  • Harriman Happenings: January 28

    There was a new arrival Monday at the home of Shannon and Ashley Jones Blakely.

    Marie James was born Monday, Jan. 21, in a hospital in Cookeville.

    Blakely is the couple’s first child. Grandparents are the Rev. and Mrs. Odel Cruckfield, Lametea Moore and Shannon Jones Sr.

    Ceola Lawrence is the great-grandmother.

    Congratulations to this young couple on becoming parents.

    Last Sunday, Julia Harris was honored with a pre-birthday dinner in Oak Ridge with some of her children and grandchildren.

  • Get Connected: Clearinghouse aims to help match volunteers, agencies for perfect fit

    Finding volunteer opportunities that match your skills and interest just got easier.

    The United Way went live late last week with the Roane County Volunteer Clearinghouse, an easy centralized way for organizations to promote their volunteer opportunities and a way for those interested in volunteering to search with ease.

    “So many people here in our community want to serve,” said Amy Harmon, executive director of Roane County United Way.

    “They want to give, but they just don’t know how.”

  • Beer board to consider permit for Maggie’s Place

    The Roane County Beer Board is scheduled to meet on Tuesday to consider an application for an on and off premises beer permit.

    The applicant is Deborah Violet, 181 Tacoma Road, Oak Ridge.

    The permit is for Maggie’s Place, 3015 Harriman Hwy., Harriman.

    The property is owned by Tony Clough. According to Violet’s application, Bill Lassiter held the last beer permit at the location.

    Members of the public can appear before the Beer Board to express approval or disapproval of the permit.

  • Give blood for The King

    Medic Regional Blood Center is offering one blood donor in January a trip for two to Graceland, home of Elvis Presley.    

    Donors who give blood during the month are automatically entered to win the prize package that includes two tickets to Graceland, overnight hotel stay and a gas card.    

    Medic will be at Oliver Spring Food City from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 30 for a blood drive.

    All donors will receive a limited-edition Elvis T-shirt.

  • Officers complete crisis training

    Lt. Maretta McNichol and Capt. Tim Hawn of the Roane County Sheriff’s Office recently graduated with the fourth class of the East Tennessee Crisis Intervention Team training.

    To date, 71 area law enforcement officers have completed the program.

    “Law enforcement agencies in the area are to be commended for the value they place on this program by allowing officers to participate, especially given the shortage of staff in some departments,” said Brian Buuck, chief operating officer at Ridgeview Psychiatric Hospital and Center in Oak

  • Ice storm? ‘Please stay home’

    Roane County officials are advising people to stay off the roads if icy conditions develop.
    “We can’t stress that enough,” Office of Emergency Services Director Howie Rose said. “Please stay home.”
    According to the National Weather Service Office in Morristown, significant icing is possible across the East Tennessee Valley late Thursday through Friday evening.