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  • Downtown Roane Street to fully reopen in Harriman

    The closed lanes of Roane Street in downtown Harriman are expected be reopened Thursday.

    "We have been given information that all lanes of travel will be open by late Thursday, weather permitting," said Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms.

    The lanes closest to the former Miller & Brewer department store building site have been closed ever since a Jan. 8 fire gutted the old department store.

    Roane County government, which acquired the buildings on that block in a back-tax sale, was responsible for the demolition of the buildings.

  • Schools’ FluMist on back order

    Roane County Schools has been forced to delay its FluMist vaccinations it offers to students.

    According to the school system, it may be as late as January 2016 before the system can offer the nasal-spray form of the flu vaccine due to a manufacturer shortage.

    “The Health Department has been told that they will receive a 6-percent supply in the beginning of November, a 6-percent supply by the end of November, and a 10-percent supply by the holidays,” said Patti Wells, school health coordinator.

  • TCAT a Model of Excellence

    Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Harriman’s SkillsUSA chapter has been recognized as a national Model of Excellence for its commitment to community service and developing personal skills of its members.

    The award was presented at this year’s SkillsUSA national conference.

    “Our award was both on leadership skills and community service,” said Harriman TCAT Director Danice Turpin.

  • In The Spotlight
  • County officials looking into probation violation matters

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton’s frustration with Community Probation Services didn’t subside when his office did an inmate analysis on Oct. 20.

    It concluded that of the 184 people in jail, 107 were in for violation of probation.

    That was more than half.

    “It’s ridiculous,” Stockton said. “Something’s got to be done.”

    County officials are aware of Stockton’s concerns.

  • Push on for Korean War Vets Memorial

    Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park will soon be home to a memorial honoring men and women who served in the Korean War.

    Though fundraising for the $30,000 project is in the early stages, the debut of the monument isn’t far away.

    “We hope to have a part in by Veterans Day this year,” said David Webb, the park’s namesake who is helping spearhead the memorial.

    “It’s going to be similar to the one in Washington, D.C.,” he explained. “The guys in Korea — they really like it.”

  • Grand jury indicts three for sex crimes

    Bob Lee Babineau, a 29-year-old Kingston man, is facing two counts of child rape and seven counts of aggravated sexual battery in Roane County Criminal Court.

    He was indicted by the Roane County grand jury on Oct. 19.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office deputies Kyle Canup and Dusty Bryant traveled to 107 Raintree Lane, Apt. 1, last week to arrest Babineau.

    He was still incarcerated at the Roane County Jail on Friday.

    The alleged crimes occurred between Sept. 11, 2013 and Dec. 25, 2014.


  • Speaker of the House: Tennessee ‘definitely headed in the right direction’

    Beth Harwell, speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives, was in Roane County on Wednesday.

    She stopped by the courthouse in Kingston and then headed to The Roane Alliance building for a business roundtable.

    She was joined by state Sen. Ken Yager and state Reps. Kent Calfee and Ron Travis.