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Today's News

  • Former Harriman council member Stout dead at 62

    Sandra Stout, one of Harriman’s more vocal and memorable former leaders in recent years, lost her lengthy battle with cancer on Thursday evening. She was 62.

    Stout, a member of Harriman City Council for a number of years, was on various boards and often took a tough look at some community issues. She was particularly opinionated on the Harriman Utility Board’s rates and often butted heads with other former officials.

  • Former excavator given immunity in Pinnacle Pointe dispute

    Harriman city officials have secured legal immunity for a bankrupt contractor in their dispute with Pinnacle Pointe developers Steve Kirkham and Jerry Duncan.

    The immunity is for Brian Mullins, who was hired by Prestige Land Co. to perform earthwork on the project.

    In a letter to the editor last year, Harriman City Treasurer Charles Kerley called Pinnacle Pointe “an innovative idea that was to be a good public/private partnership.”

  • Fire at house where teen was slain

    Tragedy struck a Kingston home for the second time in less than two years on Thursday.

    Kingston fire and police departments responded to a house fire at 516 N. Third St. shortly after 10 a.m.

    “We went in and did a search of the house,” Fire Chief Willie Gordon said. “While we were attacking the fire we found a lady in the bathroom in the bathtub.”

    The woman, Sandra Webb, was in critical condition at the Vanderbilt Burn Center in Nashville on Friday.

  • Shoe-in out in Oliver Springs race

    The unopposed candidate for Oliver Springs alderman in Ward 6 might have seemed like a shoe-in.

    However. officials say Deneise Terry is ineligible because she doesn’t live in the ward.

    Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway confirmed what Oliver Springs officials have said.

    Holiway said that Terry’s street, Tri County Boulevard, is a dividing line for the wards and that those lines fall in the middle of the street.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Summer books are stacking up

    After falling behind a couple of years, I started my personal summer reading program early this year.

    And still the books are piling up.

    Just this week I finished the last book in the most wonderful trilo1gy of works by Ferrol Sams, an author who ought to be much more widely known than he is.

    The semi-autobiographical trio of books began with Run With the Horsemen, in which a smart, young Porter Osborne Jr. sorts out life and conflict on a Georgia farm during the Depression.

  • Construction force voting change in Harriman

    People who normally vote at Bowers Elementary School in Harriman will vote at the South Harriman Baptist Church Family Life Center on Tuesday.

    Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said construction at the elementary school is the reason for the change.

    Holiway said he was notified Thursday morning that the school wouldn’t be available.

    Holiway said the change will only affect people who vote at the South Harriman precinct.

  • Rarity Ridge properties auctioned for $9 million

    A foreclosure sale for properties in Rarity Ridge subdivision netted $9 million on Thursday.

    The purchaser was listed as RL REGI-TN OAK LLC.

    The sale took place on the steps of the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.

    Kyle Baisley, an attorney with the Knoxville firm Baker Donelson, was representing RL REGI.   

    “The property is being sold all together, everything as a whole, all real and personal property,” he said.

  • No recording policy baffling twist for public

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    More than 220 years ago, the nation’s founders — after gathering in Philadelphia to create the Declaration of Independence — risked life, liberty and property in fighting to create a new nation.
    Admittedly, they never had to overcome the fear of being seen on Facebook.
    Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., has banned most video and audio recording devices from his town-hall meetings.

  • Is our country truly broke? Not hardly!

    Gentle reader, how many of the right-wing radicals have you heard over the last several months make the claim that the country is broke? We know that you are too bright to fall for such malarky, but in order that you can refute this claim if you are confronted by one of these know-nothings, consider this:
    Let us say that you’ve got $1 million, but because of current low interest rates your yearly income is less than $30,000?
    You’ve got an income problem, but you certainly are not broke.
    Neither is USA.

  • United they worship

    Bethel Presbyterian and Kingston United Methodist churches have been close for years.
    So much so that when renovations for Bethel started in 2008, the two youth and young adult groups merged and have been inseparable and indistinguishable since.
    After Kingston United Methodist's fire April 30, the church has been meeting at Bethel Presbyterian, but they have also shared services in the past.
    Before the fire, they would meet every fifth Sunday.