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Today's News

  • Kingston can’t hold off Gibbs

    By David W. Doonan

    ddoonan@roanecounty.com

    Anemic hitting and errors in defense loomed large in the Lady Jackets 12-1 defeat at the hands of the Gibbs Lady Eagles in their Division 1 2AA Section 2 playoff game at Gibbs High School Thursday evening.

    A fifth inning rally was too little too late, and the game was called under the 10-run mercy rule.

    Strong pitching by Gibbs was hard to overcome, as their pitcher was hurling a no hitter up to that point.

    “We need to play better” commented Kingston coach Wendy Johnson.

  • Van-truck crash injures four

    Traffic was snarled on the westbound lanes of Interstate 40 Tuesday afternoon due to a crash involving a van and a tractor-trailer.

    Tennessee Highway Patrol reports said Melvin Dean Branson, 47, of Rockwood was driving a Roane Metals Group semi-truck loaded with shredded automobiles when he lost control of the rig while negotiating the curve at the westbound 347 exit at Harriman.

    The truck lost control, tipped over and spilled its cargo onto the roadway.

  • Turbine may remain to preserve papermill history

    A monument to Harriman’s industrial past may be preserved in the cleanup of the Harriman papermill property.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is cleaning up the site along the Emory River through the Superfund program.

    As part of the cleanup, Harriman officials have been asked if they’d like to keep a steam turbine that remains in one of the dilapidated buildings.

    “I think it would be a good memento,” said Councilman Buddy Holley.

  • Woman: Helper turned stalker

    A woman who said she was in need of a child’s car seat told Rockwood police that she was stalked by the man who helped her out.

    Robert Bargy, the purported stalker, steadfastly denies the allegations, however.

    The encounter happened on May 8 at the Rockwood Walmart.

    “I spoke with Laura Lunsford who told me that she was needing a car seat for a 1-year-old,” officer Jared Hall wrote in the police report. “She said that Jerry Wells had asked on Facebook for help getting it.”

    Bargy offered to help out.

  • Rockwood ‘Turkey’ chase stopped in Eagle Furnace

    Rockwood Police Officer Charles Haubrich reported getting into a pursuit on Sunday.

    The incident happened around 1:30 p.m. when Haubrich said he clocked a Chevrolet TrailBlazer on South Gateway Avenue traveling 22 miles over the 40 mph speed limit.

    “When I turned around to stop the vehicle, it accelerated and continued to head southbound on Spring City Hwy.,” the report said.

    “I turned my lights and siren on in order to catch up to the vehicle.”

  • McCLINTON rocks the PRINCESS
  • Original copies of Tenn. Constitution to be on display for Statehood Day

    The Tennessee State Library and Archives will put all three of the state’s original constitutions on display to the public in commemoration of Statehood Day.

    The constitutions are typically protected in a vault, but all three versions will be in the Library and Archives’ lobby for public viewing June 1-2 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CDT.

    The Library and Archives is at 403 Seventh Ave. N., directly west of the Tennessee State Capitol in downtown Nashville.

    Free parking is available around the Library and Archives building.

  • Codes enforcer brings property up to standards in a personal way

    Every day Harriman’s Codes Enforcement Officer David Branam tries to address property issues around the community.

    This week, however, he took an even more hands on approach to tackling a need that was going unaddressed when he loaded up his own equipment to clear an overgrown yard owned by an elderly woman.

    “He’s out there helping this lady. It was just so overgrown and she didn’t have anyone to help her,” said Harriman Police Chief Kenneth Humphrey.

  • Rockwood pool opening May 29

    The swimming pool at Rockwood Community Center will open for the summer season on May 29.

    Open swimming hours will be from noon to 5 p.m. May 29-June 1. Afterward, open swimming hours will be from 1 to 5 p.m. weekdays.

    Admission for open swimming will be $3 for ages 18 and older, $2 for K-12 students; ages 3 and younger will be admitted free.

    Lap swimming and water aerobics will take place from 5:15 to 6 p.m. each weekday. Admission is $1.

  • ‘Spread the Health’ at microclinic program

    Mid-East Community Action Agency Senior Services, Free Medical Clinic in Harriman, and Microclinic International are teaming up to present “Spreading the Health” a new 16-week, evidence-based program to promote overall health and wellness.

    The Microclinic Program is based on the philosophy that “health is contagious.”

    “We can interact with each other to influence positive or negative changes within our diet and exercise,” said Amber Jacks, Mid-East senior services director.