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Today's News

  • County drivers at fault but not cited

    Two county employees were found at fault in crashes that occurred last month while driving county vehicles.

    Neither was cited nor arrested.

    “When a trooper or any law enforcement officer makes contact with an individual, he/she has the discretion to give verbal or written warnings, issue a citation or make an arrest,” Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. Bill Miller said.

    The THP investigated both accidents because they involved county vehicles.

  • No quake damage to retaining wall

    The underground retaining wall at the TVA ash spill cleanup site held up just fine during an earthquake earlier this month, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    The 2.5-magnitude earthquake centered about 7 miles east/northeast of Kingston the afternoon of March 8.

    “The perimeter stabilization wall did not sustain any damage,” EPA Remedial Project Manager Craig Zeller said.

  • Attorney Donice Butler suspended

    Harriman attorney Donice Butler has been temporarily suspended by order of the Tennessee Supreme Court.

    According to the March 13 order, the court took the action because Butler failed to respond to the Board of Professional Responsibility concerning a complaint of misconduct.

    “This suspension remains in effect until dissolution or modification by the Supreme Court,” a board press release on Butler’s suspension said.

  • SEUSSIFY YOUR APPETITE

    A second-grade classroom at Kingston Elementary could have easily been confused for a restaurant earlier this month.

    Twenty different waiters and waitresses could be found running around.

    Jeri Allen’s second-graders opened the doors of Dr. Seuss’s Readers Cafe.

    It’s the seventh time students under her tutelage have taken on the project.

    “We serve up books all day long,” Allen said.

    Much like a café where you eat, students dress and hold roles as servers, hosts and chefs for their peers.

  • Yager bill aims to protect volunteer drivers from liability

    Legislation which encourages good Samaritans to volunteer to take senior citizens to places such as doctor appointments, the grocery store or the pharmacy has received final state Senate approval.

    The Protection of Volunteer-Insured Drivers of the Elderly Act, sponsored by state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Kingston, would help non-profit Human Resource Agencies and charitable organizations by giving transportation volunteers civil immunity as they seek to provide these citizens the help they need to remain independent.

  • Man charged with running over fiancée

    A Harriman man is charged with aggravated assault in connection with an incident earlier this month.

    Brady Chase Satterfield, 29, of 216 Shady Drive, was taken into custody for a domestic disturbance that police said involved him and his fiancée, Alexi Nyreen Shaw.

    Reports said Shaw told officers Satterfield had run over her with their car.

    She had injuries on the left and right sides of her face, the palms of both hands and her stomach, all consistent with “road rash,” the report said.

  • Fires strike Proton Power, Scenic Drive

    A Harriman home and a Roane County business sustained damages from fires earlier this month.

    A blaze gutted a barn and destroyed items stored at what Proton Power affectionately refers to as “the farm.”

    “They are trying to find out what the cause was,” said Daniel Hensley, chief operations officer for Proton Power, of firefighters who worked the scene.

    He said company officials are trying to determine losses. The pole barn was used for storage and had some equipment stored inside.

  • Businesses urged to go purple to fight cancer

    The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Roane County is offering an opportunity for businesses and communities to show their awareness and support in the fight against cancer.

    The community is urged to Paint the Town Purple on April 6-10 by decorating businesses purple, including putting up purple-themed displays in storefronts, swapping out white bulbs for purple bulbs, or selecting a day for everyone to wear purple at work or school.

    Businesses can also ask for donations for purple items sold in their stores.

  • Huge drop in unemployment in Roane, state

    What goes up must come down.

    Unemployment rates that took drastic jumps in January took big dips in February, according to the numbers released late last week by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    Roane County’s unemployment rate fell by 0.8 percent to reflect a jobless rate of 7.2 percent in February.

    That means 21,200 workers in the county’s 22,830 labor force were employed during the month.

  • Copeland’s of Kingston in new book

    Copeland’s of Kingston is one of more than 125 restaurants throughout the state that has been chosen for “Tennessee Back Road Restaurant Recipes,” the third in a series by Anita Musgrove.

    Owner Jeremy Copeland shared his recipe for bacon-stuffed mushrooms to be included in the third of the State Back Roads Restaurants cookbook series.

    “Tennessee Back Road Restaurant Recipes” is a cookbook and restaurant guide featuring every-

    thing from restaurant

    signature recipes to fam-

    ily favorite recipes the