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  • Time to think about Thanksgiving

    The number of needy families getting their Thanksgiving meals from Hands of Mercy and the Kingston Police Department grows each year.

    It’s that time of year again for the partnership to begin collecting donated food items for the event in earnest.

    This year they have set a goal for 800 families.

    “Last year we wanted to do 750 and wound up doing 800,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said.

    “This year, our goal is 800, but we may do more.”

  • INSIDE the First AMENDMENT by Charles Haynes

    Kim Davis, the now famous county clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky, is out of jail, back to work — and not interfering with the clerks in her office who are processing marriage licenses for same-sex couples.

    Davis, who objects to gay marriage on religious grounds, is apparently satisfied that removing her name and position from the licenses sufficiently guards her freedom of conscience.

    What better way to commemorate Constitution Week than with a good old-fashioned American compromise?

  • Roane man charged in brawl

    A Rockwood man was arrested for an altercation involving a handgun at a East Tennessee State University fraternity last Friday.

    Johnson City Police arrested Gary Taylor, 21, 107 Lilac Lane, Rockwood, and charged him with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm while intoxicated.
    “Shortly after midnight, officers responded to 734 W. Maple St., the Sigma Chi Fraternity, on the report of a disturbance,” a Johnson City Police Department release said.

  • Kudos big for readers

    Ridge View Elementary School students read a lot compared to many schools in the state — and they trump a lot of international schools.

    Ridge View students tackled the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge with gusto, reading  168,451 minutes over the summer and beginning of the school year.

    “This is our third year to do it, but it really took off this year,” said Robin Thompson, the school’s librarian.

    They were fifth in the state and also in the fifth percentile internationally when the competition drew to a close.

  • Harriman’s Curecia Kreis in Miss Tennessee Teen USA

    A Harriman teen is competing in the Miss Tennessee Teen USA 2016 competition at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville.

    Curecia Kreis, 17, will compete on Oct. 8-10.

    “I want to make a difference in someone else’s life, to show them even if you are from a small town anything is possible as long as you set your mind to it,” she said.

    The event is the preliminary for the Miss Teen USA, Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants.

  • Vandals cut electricity, spoil food at concession stand

    The power to the concession stand at Harriman High School was turned off by vandals over Labor Day weekend.

    The concession stand, which is the fundraiser for the Harriman High School Rhapsody in Blue marching band, has been vandalized before, according to officials.

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said vandals at one point broke a handle on the door.

    “Maintenance went over there and reinforced the doors,” he said.

  • Fence to go up at Roane Academy

    Omni Visions has agreed to put a perimeter fence around Roane Academy.

    “Apparently, that was the commitment that was made early when this was under consideration, and I felt like we ought to fulfill it,” President and CEO Steve Norris said Friday.

    Omni Visions has a contract with the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services to house Level 3 male juveniles at Roane Academy, which is in the Roane County Industrial Park.

  • Harriman on board with consultant

    Harriman voted at a special-called meeting to work with Retail Strategies to provide professional consulting and related services to recruit businesses.

    The City Council approved doing the contract with Retail Strategies if one more community votes to do so. Whether it happens hinges on the votes of Rockwood City Council and Kingston City Council.

  • Alexis makes her big-screen debut

    The image of a Roane County teen beaming in her pageant wear was shown briefly on the big screen at New York’s Times Square last weekend.

    Fifteen-year-old Alexis Alsup’s picture was on the screen Saturday, the same day as the Buddy Walk, an event geared at raising awareness and praising the accomplishments of those with Down Syndrome.

    Alexis said being selected made her feel “magical.”

    Her mother, Karen Alsup, sent Alexis’ picture into a yearly contest of the National Down Syndrome Society.

  • Riverfront Park slated for new playground equipment

    The aging playground equipment at Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park will be replaced this fiscal year.

    Harriman City Council voted to allow City Manager Kevin Helms to pursue the issue, and he said he may look at existing bids between companies and local governments.

    “I think it is something we need to do,” Council member Ken Mynatt said.

    “If we’re working with broken equipment down there, then we have the possibility of a child being injured down there and we don’t want that to happen.”