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  • Scammer said he was doing Bill Gates’ work

    A 65-year-old Rockwood woman reported being scammed out of $750 last month.

    Her alleged scammer reportedly invoked the name of Microsoft Founder Bill Gates to swindle her out of the money.

    “I spoke with Elizabeth Raulston, who told me that a man identifying his self as Charlie Monger scammed her out of $750 on Tuesday, July 16, 2018,” Rockwood Police Officer Jared Hall wrote in the report.

    “She told me that she was contacted through Facebook messenger and told Bill Gates was giving away money.”

  • Harriman, police chief sued

    The man allegedly assaulted by Harriman Police Chief Kenneth Humphrey in Oak Ridge this summer is seeking $1.5 million in damages.

    Knoxville attorney Michael S. Shipwash filed a lawsuit in federal court on July 26 on behalf of Joshua Bridges, the alleged victim.

    “Because of the brutal assault at the hands of Chief Humphrey, Mr. Bridges suffered physical and emotional injuries, including but not limited to: neck injury, shoulder injury, and anxiety over being retaliated against by the Harriman Police Department,” the lawsuit said.

  • Early voting down

    Early voting was down for Thursday’s election. According to figures from the Tennessee Secretary of State, 7,022 people voted during the 14-day early voting period that ended on July 28.

    That was down nearly 4 percent compared to the 2014 election when 7,313 people voted early.

    “I don’t know if people might not have had their mind made up or whether it’s going to be a light turnout,” Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said.

  • MUDDY good time
  • Harriman parks get boost from state

    Harriman will have a splashing good time thanks to a Local Parks and Recreation Grant from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

    The $412,500 grant will go toward a splash pad next to the Harriman Community Center and other upgrades at area parks. The 50 percent grant will be matched by the city.

    “This project here is going to add a new amenity to the community I believe the children will be very excited about,” said City Manager Kevin Helms.


    A Roane County jury believes a man accused of shooting his estranged wife on March 21, 2015, acted in self defense.

    Jeremy Alexander Gambrell, known as Alex, didn't get off scot-free, but he and his defense were visibly relieved when a jury found him not guilty of attempted second-degree murder and aggravated assault for shooting and seriously injuring his then-wife Jenny.

  • Bowers teachers blue?

    Results from the 2018 Tennessee Educator Survey were released last week. According to the results posted by the Tennessee Department of Education, 79 percent of Roane County teachers participated in the survey.

    “The Tennessee Educator Survey is an effort to deepen state, district, and school level policymakers’ understanding of the perspectives held by school-level educators on the issues affecting classrooms and schools,” the state explains about the survey.

  • Initiative protects state’s water supply

    Tennessee has lots of water but it needs a plan to ensure that water is managed properly, according to state and Roane County officials who met in Kingston Friday to discuss such a plan.

    “We think the best way to protect Tennessee water is to plan,” said Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Shari Meghreblian.

    The plan is called TN H2O.

    The initiative was launched in December 2017 and will include an assessment of current water resources, including surface and groundwater infrastructure and natural resources.

  • Harriman saving $100,000 in fire truck buy

    Harriman City Council approved purchasing a fire truck at a special called meeting last Tuesday, July 24.

    It was a last-minute opportunity to get the truck at a steal of a price and replace one of the two engines that are regularly being taken in for repairs.

    “This will be replacing our oldest engine that is 18 years old. It’s engine 2. It’s in the shop now having the engine replaced. After it is fixed it will be moved to a reserve truck,” Harriman Fire Chief Brad Daniels said.

  • Audition to take part in Pirate Fest

    Planning for the third annual Tennessee Pirate Fest is underway.

    The costumed family fun event will come to life for two weekends in mid-October at the Tennessee Medieval Faire site in Harriman.

    The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 13-14 and Oct. 20-21, rain or shine.

    This year’s Pirate Fest offers an escape to the fictional pirate town of Port Royale in the Tortugas, circa 1700-1800s.