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Today's News

  • Firefighters spruce up park memorial

    Progress is steadily being made on the Harriman Fire Department memorial at David Webb Riverfront Park.

    “I want something that is really going to honor them. After we get it completed it will be nice,” said Chief Brad Daniels of the memorial to honor those who died at the department.

    The memorial includes the names of James Brown, James Lawson and Gene Schubert.

    “The biggest thing right now is finding a piece for the top,” Daniels said.

  • Alleged altercation attracts police attention, results in drug charges

    From staff reports

    A traffic stop initiated by Harriman Police Chief Kenny Humphrey late last month netted drugs and led to the arrest of a man and woman.

    Around 9:30 p.m. May 31, Humphrey saw a man and woman in a black Nissan Maxima who appeared to be in a physical altercation. Humphrey stopped the vehicle before calling for backup.

    Officer Jeff Coffey found both occupants making odd movements and unable to sit still.

  • Aytes named interim schools head

    The Roane County Board of Education is turning to a familiar face to lead the school system.

    “I’d like to nominate Gary Aytes as interim director of schools,” Board Member Mike “Brillo” Miller said during an emergency called meeting on Saturday.

    Miller’s motion to hire Aytes passed 10-0. He will take over for Leah Rice Watkins, who resigned last week to take the director of schools job in Obion County.

    Aytes served four years as Roane County director of schools, retiring after the 2015-16 school year.

  • Motorist crashes into, kills biker

    A Kingston man was killed last week when a suspected intoxicated driver crashed into the back of his Harley Davidson motorcycle.

    Stacey Neil Vance, the man suspected of driving impaired, was charged with vehicular homicide.

    The crash happened on Highway 58 at the intersection of Squaw Valley Road around 6:30 p.m. on June 13. The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated.

    According to the report, David Hughes was stopped and about to make a left turn on his motorcycle when Vance, driving a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier, rear-ended him.

  • Rockwood 2000 holds forum for local candidates

    Rockwood 2000 is hosting a public candidate forum at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 12, at Rockwood Electric Utility, 341 Rockwood St.

    The purpose of the event is to introduce the public to candidates running for County Executive, County Trustee, County Clerk, Register of Deeds and County Commission District 1 candidates.

    Those running for the positions are:

    County Executive — David Morgan and Ron Woody;

    County Trustee — Christopher Mason and Nicholas Forrester;

    County Clerk — Chase Clem and Elizabeth Johnson;

  • Cornstalk Heights holding meet the candidates event

    Cornstalk Heights Historical Community Board is hosting a meet the candidate forum at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 8, at Killeffer Park on Cumberland Street in Harriman.

    It will be a question and answer session and opportunity for residents to meet local candidates for Harriman City Council and District 2 candidates for the Roane County Commission.

    Other candidates for other offices are welcome to attend and mingle.

    People should bring a chair. Water will be provided.

  • Fox marks 20 years at The New Brewery

    It’s been 20 years since Linda Fox and her husband Jim bought a small pub and restaurant on North Kentucky Street in Kingston.

    Jim passed away a few years ago, but six days a week Linda can still be found behind the bar at The New Brewery pouring beers and taking orders for handmade burgers.

    She said she likes sharing stories with the patrons, many of whom are regulars.

    “I like the people,” she said.

  • Gunter director at Jamestowne; Jago promoted

    James Gunter is the new executive director at Jamestowne Assisted Living in Kingston.

    He replaces Fay Jago, who has been promoted to clinical operations specialist for parent company Senior Solutions Management Group, with whom she will provide operations leadership and support for 19 communities in Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina.

  • What’s the SCORE? Is connectivity destroying your productivity?

    By DANA PETERKA

    Several months ago, we discussed letting others control our priorities. In the column I wrote that when I see people immediately responding to a phone call, email, instant message or text, I wonder if they are managing themselves or letting others control them.

    I quoted a Microsoft and University of Illinois study which found, when interrupted by an email, instant message or text, it takes a worker an average of 17 minutes to get back to what he was doing.

  • Going With the Flo: There’s a war going on for the soul of this nation

    By Flo Charles

    Noah Webster — the great scholar and university president who gave us the Webster’s Dictionary — said, “Let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers just men who will rule in the fear of God ... if the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted. ... if a republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it is because the citizens neglect the Divine commands and elect bad men to make and administer the laws.”