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  • Single punch, man is dead: Parking lot fender-bender led to attack outside bar

    A vehicle mishap led to a single, angry punch outside a bar early Saturday morning.

    That has left one man dead and another charged with his death.

    Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) for David Harvey, 46, of Harriman.

    “He’s going to be missed,” mother Rebecca Harvey said. “What happened to him shouldn’t have happened.”

  • Trouble for bar now?

    Authorities are taking a hard look at the Grill and Pub, which is also known as the Big Orange Bar, after Saturday’s violence.

    “It is a nuisance, and we’re looking at what we can do to make sure they are abiding by all the beer board rules,” said Roane County Chief Deputy Tim Phillips.

    Longtime missing person Cheryl Payne was last seen at that location, Phillips said.

    “We don’t know what we can do legally, and we’re going to find out,” he said.

  • Teacher in oinking incident resigns

    The Bowers Elementary School kindergarten teacher who was suspended for a taunting incident this past spring has resigned.

    Debbie Hayes notified Roane County Director of Schools Toni McGriff of her intention to step down in a letter dated July 21.  

    “I wish to submit my resignation and intention to retire from Roane County Schools effective immediately,” Hayes wrote. “My medical condition, due to the stress from my employment, causes me to be unable to work.”

  • Swan Pond Church to celebrate 185 years

    Harriman’s Swan Pond United Methodist Church will celebrate its 185th anniversary as a small,  close-knit congregation Sept. 18.

    Established in 1826, the church building has undergone various renovations and closing due to a dwindling and fluctuating congregation, along with a history of vandalism.

    However, through all the years, the near-two-centuries-old church has aged well — with a few facelifts.

  • More than a whistle-stop: Rockwood eyed by locomotive refurbisher

    A company interested in locating in Rockwood would like to purchase a piece of property from the city.

    Vice Mayor Peggy Evans said LocoDocs Inc. is interested in a parcel behind Southern Alloy, in an overgrown area near the city’s animal shelter.

    The company, which refurbishes locomotives, would also like the area rezoned for its use.

    The company’s website said it is a locomotive sales, parts, service, repair, retrofit, modernization and emissions solutions firm.

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  • Harriman man charged with weekend murder

    Eric Glenn Gallaher, a 31-year-old Harriman man, has been charged with a death that occurred over the weekend. On Saturday morning around 2:30 a.m., officers were dispatched to the Grill and Pub, which is also known as the Big Orange Bar, on Harriman Hwy. When officers arrived on the scene they found David Harvey dead.
    “Some witnesses there had reported that he had been struck by a man and dropped on his head,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.
    Gallaher was arrested on Sunday. He’s charged with reckless homicide.

  • Matricide trial reset for Aug. 9

    A man accused of bludgeoning his mother to death will have to wait a little while longer before seeing a jury.
    Milford Barnett was scheduled to stand trial on Wednesday for the murder of Pearl Barnett, but the case was reset for Aug. 9 because a key witness was unavailable.
    The case has been pending for more than four years. Officers responded to Milford Barnett’s home at 703 Black Jack Road in Rockwood on April 18, 2007.

  • Department of Safety Commissioner visits Rockwood facilities

    The sign on the outside says “Tennessee Department of Safety Drivers License Service Center,” but much more goes on inside.
    “They handle handgun permits,” Tennessee Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons said. “As a result of legislation this year, they will also start handling photo IDs for voters who do not have government-issued IDs.”

  • Haslam supports reading campaign

    Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam visited Roane County to help launch the campaign initiative to increase children’s reading skills.
    Having also helped launch the initiative for Knox County, Haslam kicked off “Read With Your Child” campaign for Roane through the Children’s Reading Foundation of the Tennessee Valley.
    The initiative encourages young pupils’ parents or guardians and other adults to devote 20 minutes a day to reading to their child.