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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.

  • School board retreat at home

    From staff reports

    The Roane County Board of Education is staying home.

    After considering a weekend retreat in Gatlinburg, plans were reversed on Friday to have the Jan. 27-29 meeting at Roane State Community College.

    Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said meetings will take place from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Sunday. A listing of many of the topics can be found on page 3 of today’s Roane County News.

  • Obama denies O’Neal clemency

    President Barack Obama commuted hundreds of prison sentences last week.

    Ralph O’Neal’s wasn’t one of them.

    The former Roane County resident is serving a life sentence in federal prison for his conviction on drug charges. He applied for clemency, but his petition was denied by Obama on Jan. 18.

    “I had to write a letter in opposition and send them some information,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.

  • ‘We rescued her, but really, she rescued us’

    Although her owner passed away, a dog has eased into new ownership among residents and staff at Brookdale Senior Living Community in Kingston.

    Izzy came to Brookdale last fall with her owner, unnamed due to privacy concerns, who didn’t want to leave her, explained Brookdale Sales and Marketing Manager Lesa Fuller.

  • Use sought for historic Harriman building

    Harriman City Council wants public input on what should become of the Temperance Building as they work toward more grant funding to help stabilize the building.

    “We need to find a use for it,” said Councilman Chris Ahler.

    Ahler said buildings that sit empty “decay faster than buildings being used.”

    Others agreed.

    Mayor Wayne Best encouraged the community to come forward with ideas and bring them to city officials.

  • A DAY on the FARM
  • It’s School Board Appreciation Week
  • Woman injured in crash with sheriff’s K-9 vehicle

    A deputy with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office was involved in an automobile accident Thursday in Rockwood on Gateway Ave. It happened around 5:30 p.m. near Tractor Supply.

    Sheriff Jack Stockton said the officer involved was K-9 Deputy Justin Edwards.

    “We just took information from him about the accident,” Stockton said Friday. “He said a lady pulled out in front of him and into his traffic lane and he had to swerve to miss her and struck another vehicle.”

  • Rockwood police chief to step down

    Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright has announced he will not ask for an extension to his employment contract, effective Jan. 31.

    The contract expires on that date, and Wright confirmed Wednesday that he is leaving the post “strictly for economic reasons.”

    Wright, 62, said according to the state retirement system for law-enforcement employees, he either needs to retire, or require higher compensation to make his stay personally economical.