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Today's News

  • Harriman’s Monroe top MMC employee in March

    Melanie Monroe has been named March’s MMCer of the Month at Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge.
    Monroe is a certified nursing assistant who works with patients in the hospital’s flex pool.
    “She is a hard worker and tries to put the patient’s needs first,” said Carolyn Shipley, director of Acute Care Services.
    Monroe assists patients, family members and visitors with their needs and is responsible for taking and recording patients’ vital signs, assisting with meals, bathing and transportation.
    She also provides assistance to registered nurses and licensed practical nurses on staff.

  • The Garden Gate: It's beginning to look and smell like spring

    By Ellen Probert Williamson

  • Lack of growth not all bad news

    Roane County’s 4.4-percent growth in population over the last decade didn’t disappoint Sequoyah Shores resident Tony Scruggs.  

    “That’s a good thing,” he said. “We don’t need no more people here.”

    Scruggs may not be alone in his opinions.  

  • Temperance Town may relax restrictions on beer sales

    The Town that Temperance Built hasn’t been “dry” for more than a decade, and Harriman officials may be on a path toward loosening beer restrictions even further.

    The relaxed restrictions to go before Harriman City Council propose allowing for beer sales during special events for occasions such as festivals and weddings.

    “I wouldn’t have a problem at the Labor Day festival if you had a place fenced off,” said Allen Williams, chairman of the Harriman Beer Board.

  • Cleanup commences on dump site near Harriman

    What some has termed the worst dump in Roane County is getting a cleanup.

    “People have been dumping here for years and years,” said Tony Brown about the site on Ben Henry Road near Harriman. “I bet you there is over 1,000 tires on this site.”

    Brown oversees Keep Roane Beautiful as part of his job as Roane County parks director.

  • 19 put in for HUB mgr.

    Nineteen people have put in applications seeking the top utility job in Harriman.

    The application deadline to fill the Harriman Utility Board general manager’s post was Friday, and HUB assistant manager Bill Young is among those seeking the job.

    “I guess what we’ll do is sort of plan where do we go from here,” said HUB Manager Chuck Flora, who will retire this summer.

    The board will meet at 7 p.m. today, Monday, in the HUB building, and the manager’s search is one of the topics up for discussion.

  • Police Taser knife-wielding suspect

    A knife-wielding man was stopped in his tracks by a Taser on March 21.

    Kingston police were dispatched to 1354 Byrd Circle on a call about an out-of-control drunk.  

    “Officer made contact with said person in the back bedroom,” the report said. “Mr. (Terry) Luffman had a brown-handled knife to his throat to keep officer from getting close to him.”

    The report said the officer’s attempt to talk Luffman into putting down the knife was unsuccessful.

  • Woody’s finance policies get commission OK

    It’s no secret that Roane County Executive Ron Woody gets worked up about finance.

    That’s why he couldn’t hide his enthusiasm earlier this month after Roane County Commission passed his policies on debt management and capital projects.  

    “I’m excited,” he said. “I really am.”

    Putting the policies together for the county was something Woody, an accountant, promised voters during last year’s campaign. Both can be found on the county executive’s page on roanegov.org.

  • 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.

    James B. Coode III, speeding Sept. 3. Traffic ticket paid Sept. 9.

    Brandy A. Trail, speeding Sept. 6. Traffic ticket paid Sept. 22.

    Mindy G. Wicks, seat belt law Aug. 25. Traffic ticket paid Sept. 14.

    Mindy G. Wicks, financial responsibility Aug. 28. Traffic ticket paid Sept. 14.

  • Patrick a new chiropractor

    Ronald Patrick of Harriman earned his chiropractic doctorate degree from Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis.
    He will practice at The Back Pain Institute in Knoxville.
    Patrick is the son of Richard and Ronda Patrick of Harriman.
    At Logan College, he completed a 10-trimester program of study. His program is the equivalent of five two-semester academic years.
    Logan’s curriculum encompasses basic and clinical (diagnostic) sciences, chiropractic science, research and patient care.