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  • Gun evidence seized at Smoot home admissible

    Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen dealt a major blow to the state’s case against Shawn Smoot over the summer.

    On Tuesday, he gave it a major boost when he ruled that gun evidence seized at Smoot’s home can be admissible at trial.

    “You ruled in favor of the state, is that what I heard?” defense attorney Bob Jolley asked.

    “Yes,” Eblen responded.

    Smoot is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 23-year-old Brooke Nicole Morris.

  • One tax auction better than two?

    When Roane County has back tax sales they typically do not include the cost of taxes owed to a city.

    A proposed agreement would change that for Harriman and the county.

  • Tour the Fort by candlelight in weekend event

    Kingston’s Fort Southwest Point will host its annual Candlelight Tour this Saturday, Dec. 12, from 6 to 9 p.m.

    All four buildings on the Fort property, along with the visitors center, will be open to the public.

    The Fort encompasses a blockhouse, a blacksmith shop, a leather shop, and a barracks; outside the Fort is a Cherokee cabin, a nod to their active presence in the area during that time.

    Volunteer re-enactors in period dress – from the turn of the 19th century - will lead tours of the property.

  • Man accused of pulling knife

    A Wartburg man was arrested for aggravated assault and domestic assault last Friday for a fight at a Harriman home.

    Stoney James Collins, 38, of 413 Heidel Road, Wartburg, is accused of shoving down Brittany D. Cooper and later pulling a knife, threatening Shawn M. Tinch and punching him at the 436 Mays Valley Road home rented by Tinch and Jaime Collins, a relative of Stoney Collins.

    The altercation started when Stoney Collins allegedly shoved Cooper, who struck her head on a small refrigerator, according to police reports.

  • Have yourself a Merry TubaChristmas
  • Prowl for owls on the Obed next weekend

    The Obed Wild and Scenic River will conduct an Owl Prowl program from 6-7 p.m. Dec. 18.

    The program takes place at the Lilly Bluff Overlook parking lot just off Ridge Road in Morgan County.

    All participants will be taught the habits and mannerisms of the Eastern screech owl and the barred owl, two of the most common owls in East Tennessee.

    Participants will also be taught how to distinguish between their different and unique calls.

    No reservations are necessary for this program.

  • Last push before REACH shopping events
  • HUB denies allegations of discrimination

    Harriman Utility Board is denying allegations they discriminated against a former employee who has sued the city entity in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Knoxville.

    Linda Flores claims in her lawsuit against the utility that she was fired on Dec. 30, 2014 because she is of Mexican descent.

    “It is affirmatively denied that Plaintiff was terminated in any way based upon her race and/or national origin,” said an answer filed last month.

  • New home for tornado victim

    Tom Allen will have a brand new house for 2016.

    The Kingston resident’s original home on Third Street was severely damaged by the June 2014 tornado and straight line winds that hit the city.

    Allen said the storm, “tore the roof off the house, and damaged the foundation,” and, luckily, he was away visiting friends when the storm struck.

    Due to the damages, Allen was subsequently selected as a recipient of a THDA Rebuild and Recover Grant awarded to the city earlier this year.

  • Tractor-trailer crash shuts down I-40

    A tractor-trailer crash Friday morning shut down Interstate 40 East for over an hour, but no injuries were reported.

    Two tractor trailers were involved in the wreck, which occurred around 8 a.m. Friday near the Gallaher Road exit.

    No passenger vehicles were involved, according to Lt. Don Boshears, media spokesman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

    No additional information was available at press time.