Family of Roane County man killed in 2010 hit-and-run still sear

Family of Roane County man killed in 2010 hit-and-run still searching for justice

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Four years ago Monday, a Harriman man was the victim of a hit-and-run in Roane County. James Kirkland, 65, died from his injuries a few weeks later at UT Medical Center. Four years ago Monday, a Harriman man was the victim of a hit-and-run in Roane County. James Kirkland, 65, died from his injuries a few weeks later at UT Medical Center.
His family is still searching for the driver who hit him along Highway 61 between Harriman and Oliver Springs. Kirkland was able to tell his family at the scene of the accident that it was a blue logging truck, but other than that they have few details to His family is still searching for the driver who hit him along Highway 61 between Harriman and Oliver Springs. Kirkland was able to tell his family at the scene of the accident that it was a blue logging truck, but other than that they have few details to
"Every day of my life I can see my husband laying there, my big old James W. Kirkland, laying there not breathing anymore," Connie said. "Every day of my life I can see my husband laying there, my big old James W. Kirkland, laying there not breathing anymore," Connie said.
"We struggle with it daily. He was a big fixture in our family," said Travis Kirkland, the victim's son. "We struggle with it daily. He was a big fixture in our family," said Travis Kirkland, the victim's son.

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter


HARRIMAN (WATE) - Four years ago Monday, a Harriman man was the victim of a hit-and-run in Roane County. James Kirkland, 65, died from his injuries a few weeks later at UT Medical Center.

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His family is still searching for the driver who hit him along Highway 61 between Harriman and Oliver Springs. Kirkland was able to tell his family at the scene of the accident that it was a blue logging truck, but other than that they have few details to go on.

"People forget but we will never forget, and all we've ever asked of this driver is to come forward and face the family," said Kirkland's wife Connie.

She doesn't call it a hit and run, but murder.

"Every day of my life I can see my husband laying there, my big old James W. Kirkland, laying there not breathing anymore," Connie said.

"We struggle with it daily. He was a big fixture in our family," said Travis Kirkland, the victim's son.

Travis keeps his dad's memory alive by writing encouraging quotes on an outside chalkboard in Harriman. His dad used to do it while selling produce there.

"Very generous, philosophical, humorous. Miss his sense of humor and big smile," Travis said.

The family has a message for the unknown driver.

"Stop being a coward. Come forward, come forward and meet this family, meet this family that you have totally crushed," Connie said.

They are now offering a $25,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver responsible. If you know of any details, you can call the family at (865) 313-1854 or (865) 406-4311.

While they continue searching for answers, the family also started the James Kirkland Pay it Forward Foundation dedicated to random acts of kindness in Kirkland's honor.

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