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  • More to come on greenway

    The gates are open and the ribbons are cut.

    So what’s next for the Ladd Greenway?

    We’ll know soon, after Kingston City Manager David Bolling gets word back from Tennessee Department of Transportation.

    But there are plans aplenty, for both the short term and the long haul, as local officials seek to make the greenway a fully realized, full-service park.

  • Serving those who sacrificed

    Roane County native Matt Cofer has one of the most important jobs in the U.S. Armed Services.

    He is responsible for honoring our military serviceman who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

    The 2013 Rockwood High School graduate is a member of an elite unit stationed at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, formerly Fort Myer, Va., home of Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

  • Estranged husband said to wield axe handle in fight

    Harriman police arrested a man who was reportedly swinging an axe handle in an altercation near Little Caesars on Roane Street.

    Jerry Butler II, 45, of 905 Unaka St., Harriman, was charged with three counts of aggravated assault, three counts of reckless endangerment and vandalism in the Monday fracas.

    Jerry Griffin told police  Butler struck him with an axe handle in an altercation that drew onlookers from nearby area businesses.

  • Fall 2020 tentative date for new school

    There was no change in the Roane County Board of Education’s high school plan last Thursday.

    The board met in regular session, and approved a timeline for its plan to build a new consolidated school for Harriman, Roane County and Rockwood High Schools.

    Richard Foster with Lewis Group Architects said construction is estimated to take 18-20 months, and the goal is to have the new school open by August 2020.

  • Hwy. 70’s next widening phase now underway

    Road crews are clearing trees and doing other site preparation in the second phase of the widening of Hwy. 70.

    The project picks up  from where Phase 1 ended to an area about 100 feet from Lakeside Drive.

    “Once completed, this will be a four lane with a center turn lane,” said Mark Nagi, a spokesman for Tennessee Department of Transportation.

    “The project has begun with clearing operations, and then utilities will be moved. Once the utilities are moved, construction will begin on the roadway,” Nagi added.

  • 16 grams of suspected meth lands man in jail

    A 36-year-old Roane County man was allegedly found with 16 grams of suspected methamphetamine Thursday morning.

    The suspect, McKinley Shane Gunter, is facing a felony charge of manufacture, delivery, sale, of schedule II drugs.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Blake Norman stopped a juvenile driver for a head lamp being out. He was taking the juvenile home when he encountered Gunter.

  • Kroger Fuel Center open in time for Memorial Day

    Kroger is celebrating the grand opening of its new Fuel Center at the 1820 Roane State Hwy. store in Harriman on May 17.

    “We are pleased that we can now offer fuel at this location,” said Melissa Eads, spokeswoman for the Kroger Nashville Division.

    “Gasoline is a natural addition to our one-stop-shopping strategy, because it offers our customers tremendous convenience and value.”

    The Fuel Center, open from 6 am. to 11 p.m. daily, offers 18 fueling stations. Diesel fuel is also available.

  • Roane Medical earns gold seal for mammography

    Roane Medical Center, Midtown, has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology.

    Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose X-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.

    The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety.

  • Swaying driver had a few things hidden

    Anthony Buckner, a 45-year-old Knoxville man, was suspected of driving drunk in Rockwood on May 13.

    Buckner denied drinking, but Rockwood Police Department Deputy Chief John Mayes wasn’t swayed and asked Buckner to exit his truck.

    “As he exited the vehicle, he attempted to hide something and a [vacuum constriction device] fell from his pants and vehicle,” the report said.

    Mayes gave Buckner some sobriety tests, which he did not perform well on, according to the report.

  • Gas tax ‘big deal’ for Roane roads

    Officials gathered at the Highway Department on Tuesday to celebrate the IMPROVE Act’s impact on Roane County.

    “This is a big deal,” Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said. “It’s much needed.”

    IMPROVE is an acronym for Improving Manufacturing Public Roads and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy.