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  • Educators visit NetShape, TVA

    Innovation Valley’s Educators in the Workplace series involved three Roane County businesses and teachers from school districts in Roane, Blount, Jefferson, Knox and Loudon counties.

    Participating businesses were NetShape Technologies and Kingston’s TVA Fossil Plant.

    Educators also visited Kimble Chase. (See photo and article on page 4.)

    Participating educators at Roane County industries included:

  • Harriman Happenings

    Kayelon and Kalonji Graham, 9-year-old identical twins, turned 10 years old on July 8.

    They danced on stage in Knoxville with the Oak Ridge Academy of Dance last month.

    This is not the only performance they enjoy doing. In school, Kayelon plays viola, and Kalonji plays the violin.

    Both are members of Oak Valley Baptist Church and sing in the children’s choir and with Just Lead in Knoxville.

    They just finished summer camp in Knoxville with Just Lead.

  • Boys & Girls Club hosts annual golf tournament

    The second annual Boys & Girls Club Golf Tournament is set for Saturday, July 18.

    It begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at noon at the Emory Country Club and Golf Course, 201 Westbury Heights, Harriman.

    The format is a four-man best ball.

    Price per four-man team is $400 or $100 per golfer.

    Mulligans are $5, with one per player.

    Prizes for longest and closest to the hole are included.

    First prize is $500. Second prize is $200.

    Door prizes and drawings are also part of the event.

  • Harriman promoter has hometown ties

    Rebecca Schwepfinger will be promoting her hometown.

    Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms announced her selection as the special events and public relations coordinator on Tuesday.

    “As a native of Harriman, I am especially pleased,” Schwepfinger said. “I look forward to interacting with Harriman’s leadership team in continuing efforts to let others know about the great things going on there.”

  • Man rebuilds railroad ticket office on lawn

    Larry Goldston’s eye-catching home in Harriman just got a little more interesting.

    “This is an original ticket station for Harriman,” said Goldston, showing off a new structure on his corner lot. “I saved a little bit of Harriman history.”

    He heard about the structure from someone who lived nearby who was going to expand their yard and get rid of it. Goldston clamored for and got it.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Is Nixon/Mitchell ‘Southern Strategy’ going?

    Ah, Gentle reader, were we not inundated with the recent rains, we are now deluged with the efforts to expunge all evidence of our racist past.

  • Court overturns Houston case

    A federal appeals court overturned Leon Houston’s conviction for threatening his former attorney on Thursday.

    The ruling from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals cited the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of Anthony Douglas Elonis, a Pennsylvania man who was convicted of making threats via Facebook.


    School starts in a month.

    Is that too soon for the Roane County Board of Education to implement a redistricting plan? That’s something its members are grappling with now.

    Changes in school enrollments and lengthy bus rides for some students are bringing the problem to the forefront.

    “We need to address this issue,” Danny Wright said. “My concern is I don’t know if we can address it this month.”

    The board held a work session on redistricting Tuesday.

  • ‘Dub’ Harmon: Good man, good commissioner

    James “Dub” Harmon passed away on Wednesday at Roane Medical Center.

    Harmon was a former Roane County commissioner, who represented the Harriman area. He was 87.

    “He was a good man and a good commissioner,” Commissioner Bobby Collier said. “If he told you something you could believe it.”

    Commissioner Mike Hooks also had fond memories of Harmon. He and Collier served on the commission and the budget committee with Harmon.

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