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  • 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.

  • Making it Formal: Big night for Michael Dunn Center

    The Michael Dunn Center holds a number of social events throughout the year.

    “The spring formal is always one of the highlights of those,” President and CEO Mike McElhinney said.

    The formal took place Saturday evening at Midtown Elementary School.

    Sarah Brown said her son, Christopher Forrester, had been looking forward to it for weeks.

    “He loves it,” she said. “He’s been coming for the last three years.”

    Barbara Snell said this was her son T.J.’s third year as well.

  • Workshop delves into customer-focused selling

    “Customer-Focused Selling: Skills to Take You to the Next Level of Excellence” is the topic of an upcoming workshop for business owners and managers.

    The workshop, a cooperative effort between Roane County Chamber of Commerce and SCORE, will be from noon to 2 p.m. May 26.

    It will be in the conference room of Kingston City Hall at 900 Waterford Place.

    Space is limited; call 376-5572 for reservations.

    The workshop is free to Chamber members and $35 to the general public.

  • ‘He loved to walk,’ brother recalls

    It wasn’t uncommon to see Curtis Moore strolling around Kingston.

    “He loved to walk,” brother James Harrison said.

    Moore died doing what he loved last week. According to Kingston police, he was struck by a 2015 Hyundai while walking across Kentucky Street late Thursday.

    The driver of the Hyundai was identified as Peggy Sheppard of 223 Ross Estates Road, Kingston.

    Moore was flown by Lifestar to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville after being hit. He was pronounced dead shortly before 1 a.m. Friday.

  • Roane tasked with Harriman fire cleanup

    An opinion from the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office appears to have nixed any hopes county officials had of holding Fikret Gencay financially responsible for cleaning up the old Miller & Brewer building.

    The building in downtown Harriman was destroyed by fire in January.

    “I was disappointed,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said about the opinion.

    Woody wanted to go after Gencay to try and recoup the county’s expenses, which is around $100,000 so far.

  • Listeria found at Blue Bell plant in 2013

    The hits keep coming for Blue Bell Creameries.

    Last week, the Food and Drug Administration released a report that showed listeria was found at the ice cream maker’s plant in Broken Arrow, Okla., in March 2013.

    The company didn’t suspend operations at the plant until last month.

    “Several swab tests did show the presence of listeria on non-food surfaces in Blue Bell’s Broken Arrow plant in 2013,” company spokesman Joe Robertson said Friday.

  • Roane could take hit if Battelle appeal OK’d

    An appeal by UT-Battelle could leave Roane County lighter in the coffers.

    “UT-Battelle appealed one of their real property parcels that we have valued at over $98 million for the 2014 tax year,” Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan said.

    “They believe the fair market value of that property is just over $71 million,” he added.

    “They appealed because they believe their property is appraised too high.”

  • Rockwood man charged with rape, hit his mom

    Warren E. Dyer, a 29-year-old Rockwood man, is accused of raping a woman in March.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Phillip Geyer picked up Dyer on May 3 at the Anderson County Jail, where he was being held in an unrelated case.

    Dyer was brought to Kingston and booked into the Roane County Jail for rape and other charges.

    Dyer was not a stranger to his accuser. According to the warrant, he took the woman to his mother’s apartment just outside the Rockwood city limits on March 17.