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  • Van-truck crash injures four

    Traffic was snarled on the westbound lanes of Interstate 40 Tuesday afternoon due to a crash involving a van and a tractor-trailer.

    Tennessee Highway Patrol reports said Melvin Dean Branson, 47, of Rockwood was driving a Roane Metals Group semi-truck loaded with shredded automobiles when he lost control of the rig while negotiating the curve at the westbound 347 exit at Harriman.

    The truck lost control, tipped over and spilled its cargo onto the roadway.

  • Turbine may remain to preserve papermill history

    A monument to Harriman’s industrial past may be preserved in the cleanup of the Harriman papermill property.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is cleaning up the site along the Emory River through the Superfund program.

    As part of the cleanup, Harriman officials have been asked if they’d like to keep a steam turbine that remains in one of the dilapidated buildings.

    “I think it would be a good memento,” said Councilman Buddy Holley.

  • Woman: Helper turned stalker

    A woman who said she was in need of a child’s car seat told Rockwood police that she was stalked by the man who helped her out.

    Robert Bargy, the purported stalker, steadfastly denies the allegations, however.

    The encounter happened on May 8 at the Rockwood Walmart.

    “I spoke with Laura Lunsford who told me that she was needing a car seat for a 1-year-old,” officer Jared Hall wrote in the police report. “She said that Jerry Wells had asked on Facebook for help getting it.”

    Bargy offered to help out.

  • Rockwood ‘Turkey’ chase stopped in Eagle Furnace

    Rockwood Police Officer Charles Haubrich reported getting into a pursuit on Sunday.

    The incident happened around 1:30 p.m. when Haubrich said he clocked a Chevrolet TrailBlazer on South Gateway Avenue traveling 22 miles over the 40 mph speed limit.

    “When I turned around to stop the vehicle, it accelerated and continued to head southbound on Spring City Hwy.,” the report said.

    “I turned my lights and siren on in order to catch up to the vehicle.”

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  • Codes enforcer brings property up to standards in a personal way

    Every day Harriman’s Codes Enforcement Officer David Branam tries to address property issues around the community.

    This week, however, he took an even more hands on approach to tackling a need that was going unaddressed when he loaded up his own equipment to clear an overgrown yard owned by an elderly woman.

    “He’s out there helping this lady. It was just so overgrown and she didn’t have anyone to help her,” said Harriman Police Chief Kenneth Humphrey.

  • ‘Spread the Health’ at microclinic program

    Mid-East Community Action Agency Senior Services, Free Medical Clinic in Harriman, and Microclinic International are teaming up to present “Spreading the Health” a new 16-week, evidence-based program to promote overall health and wellness.

    The Microclinic Program is based on the philosophy that “health is contagious.”

    “We can interact with each other to influence positive or negative changes within our diet and exercise,” said Amber Jacks, Mid-East senior services director.

  • Kelley’s widow to finish his term

    Roane County Commission voted 8-5 Monday to allow the late Steve Kelley’s widow to serve the remainder of his District 4 Commission term.

    Renee Kelley was sworn in during a 10-minute break and sat with the Commission afterward.

    “I have big shoes to fill,” she said.

    Steve Kelley’s term expires on Aug. 31. That’s how long Renee Kelley will serve in the seat. She is not running in the Aug. 2 election.

  • Man called ‘menace’ gets 13 years in prison

    A Rockwood man described by authorities as both a “career criminal” and a “menace to society” is facing more than a decade in prison.

    A Roane County jury found Larry Adkisson guilty of aggravated burglary and theft last November.

    On May 8, Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks sentenced Adkisson to 12 years as a career offender for the theft conviction and 13 years as a persistent offender for the aggravated burglary conviction.

  • Park speeders getting tickets

    Speeders, beware blue lights flashing at David Webb Riverfront Park in Harriman.

    Harriman City Councilman Tim Johnson raised concerns about speeding in the park and worried a child might be struck as they crossed the roadway.

    In response, Harriman police are running radar and writing tickets or warnings to violators.