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  • Other Dunn cuts

    The Michael Dunn Center is still open for business helping those with developmental disabilities.

    President and CEO Mike McElhinney said there has been confusion in the community.

    “There are still 10 other programs,” he said.

  • Former Harriman teacher dies

    A beloved Harriman school teacher passed away on Sunday.

    Bobbie Ruth Mee, 76, who taught 47 years, was known for leading the yearbook staff and teaching typing class at Harriman High School. She retired in 2008.

    “She was very dedicated to anything she was a part of, whether it was school clubs and groups or being faithful to go to church,” said her son, Kenyon Mee, a Harriman City Councilman. “She was very loving and caring.”

    Her family was a fixture at First Christian Church.

  • Binge reading at book picnic
  • Kentucky Street paving underway

    A long-anticipated paving project on North Kentucky Street in Kingston has begun.

    City Manager David Bolling said the work is expected to be done in a couple of weeks.

    “It is a city project being paid for with State Surface Transportation Program funding,” Bolling said. “We’ll be resurfacing North Kentucky Street from the intersection of 58/70 to the interstate at no local cost.”

    The road work will take place from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

    Traffic cones were placed along the road Monday night.

  • Thanks for being you, Curtis Moore

    Can one person make a difference?

    Look around Kingston this week. The lanky figure of Curtis Moore is nowhere to be seen.

    Curtis Moore isn’t hanging out at the Rocky Top Market on the main drag.

    Curtis Moore isn’t strolling near the lakefront.

    Curtis Moore isn’t ambling down Kentucky Street.

    Kingston’s most recognizable pedestrian — our own Street Angel — was killed Thursday evening when he was struck by a car while crossing Kentucky Street.

    It’s a loss for us all.

  • Map exhibit also sheds light on TN history

    In the movies, explorers consult well-worn maps to aid them in their pursuit of hidden treasures.

    In historical research, the maps themselves often are the treasures.

    Maps provide clues not only about political boundaries and geographic features at various points in history, but also how people actually lived.

    Now through Sept. 12, a free exhibit showcasing some of the maps available at the Tennessee State Library and Archives is open in the lobby of TSLA’s building in downtown Nashville.

  • New fences going up at five fields

    Harriman didn’t waste time approving the lone bid to replace fences at the city’s five ballfields.

    The Roane County Economic Development Foundation approved proposed expenses for public image repair from TVA for the 2008 Kingston ash spill. City officials decided to improve the ballfields to make them more attractive, particularly for potential tournaments.

    “This is coming from the public-image repair money from the TVA board ... not taxpayer money,” stressed Mayor Chris Mason.

  • Theft-weary Harriman woman complains to city

    A woman had harsh words with Harriman police after the most recent of a string of thefts from her property.

    Over the years, Mary Helen Nichols said, a dirt bike, a motorcycle and a four-wheeler were stolen off her lot on Russell Avenue.

    “I’m an old lady who lives alone, and they know it,” Nichols said.

    She said she’s lost confidence in the force, and complained to city officials she does not see them patrol her area.

  • Day of Prayer
  • A Harriman man’s look at racism goes to the top

    I remember, from my youth while growing up in Harriman, the segregated drinking fountains, theater entrances and seating.

    I never understood it, but never bothered to question it. My first black friend shined shoes, as did I, at one of the downtown barber shops.

    We remained friends until his death several years ago from complications brought on by Agent Orange.

    One of his sons, who is now a grandfather, pleases me when he calls me “Dad.”

    I don’t bother trying to explain that to anyone else who might be present.