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    The Hooray for Harriman Labor Day Festival celebrates a big anniversary when the annual street festival comes to town from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3.

    Thirty years have passed since the festival first started in 1988, when organizers didn’t let rain stop them from their inaugural festival. This year’s festival will have the same traditional street festival fun and fare but also focus on the history of the festival.

  • Murder for hire lawyer to argue entrapment

    Murder-for-hire suspect Laura Ann Buckingham may contend law enforcement officers duped her into committing a crime.

    Her attorney, Joseph Fanduzz, notified the court this month that they intend to assert an entrapment defense.

    Buckingham, 32, is charged with solicitation to commit first-degree murder. She allegedly tried to hire someone to have the father of her child killed. The case is tentatively set to go to trial in Roane County Criminal Court on Nov. 5.

    Buckingham was arrested on Feb. 24, 2016, and indicted later that year.

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  • Woman going to court to answer to charge she stole kin’s identity

    Jacqueline Kight, 27, has a Tuesday court date on an identity theft charge. The alleged victim is a relative.

    According to the warrant, Wanda Davis contacted Harriman police earlier this year on behalf of her mother, Barbara Davis.

  • New Harriman fire truck in service

    Harriman Fire Chief Brad Daniels, City Manager Kevin Helms and Councilman Tim Johnson took a quick spin around the city in the pumper truck that arrived Friday.

    The Pierce engine holds 1,000 gallons and can pump 1,500 gallons per minute when hooked up to a fire hydrant.

    “I’m very thankful we got it. First of all I want to thank God, because that is where all our blessings come from. I want to thank the city manager for working on it, the City Council, Mayor Best, everyone who worked on it,” said Chief Brad Daniels.

  • Driver in fatal wreck admits to using meth

    The man charged with vehicular homicide in an Aug. 7 wreck admitted to using meth, according to a warrant filed in the case.

    Anthony Taylor has been in custody at the Roane County Jail since he got released from the University of Tennessee Medical Center on Aug. 14.

    The crash happened on Riggs Chapel Road. Taylor was reportedly driving a Geo Tracker when he ran off the road and struck a tree. His passenger, Timothy Taylor, was killed.

  • Duo charged in meth bust

    Checking out a call about a suspicious vehicle ended with Harriman Police Officer Logan Vitatoe taking a suspected 14-plus grams of methamphetamine off the streets.

    Vitatoe answered a July 26 call regarding suspicious activity at 149 McNew Drive, where a caller told police they heard an alarm activate and saw a man and woman wearing backpacks leaving in a silver vehicle and heading toward West Hills Drive’s bridge.

    The officer spotted the suspected vehicle and couple matching the description a short time later and stopped them at 1034 S. Roane St.

  • Teen arrested for threat to Roane High

    A teen was arrested Thursday for making an alleged “threatening statement” toward Roane County High School.

    “He was charged for false report – 14-year-old juvenile,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

    No one was hurt.

    “We appreciate the cooperation of the Roane County Sheriff’s Department to fully address this incident to the extent of the law,” Roane County Schools said in a Facebook post.

  • New use for historic Pennybacker house

    Kingston’s newest location for events and other gatherings is at one of the city’s most historic structures.

    Known as the Pennybacker House, the beautiful white house at 411 North Third St., has been the home of numerous restaurants and is now getting new life as the Jim Henry Event Center thanks to Coldwell Banker Jim Henry & Associates.

    “We are going to use the grounds out here for special events throughout the year,” said Realtor Kathy May Martin.

  • Harriman city budget over first hurdle

    Harriman City Council approved first reading of the fiscal year 2019 budget with no tax increase this week.

    A second and final reading will be voted on at the 6 p.m. regular Harriman City Council meeting on Sept. 4.

    “Revenues for the general fund are estimated to be $11,851,283. We have a fund balance of $2,521,309 for total available funds of $14,372, 592,” Treasurer Charles Kerley said while reading over the ordinance Tuesday.

    The general fund is estimated to end the 2019 fiscal year with a $2,683,077.61 balance.