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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.

  • Feds to sentence Ten Mile man for having gun

    A Ten Mile man pleaded guilty in federal court last week to illegally possessing a firearm and ammunition.

    Albert Childs, 52, is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Pamela Reeves on Nov. 15.

    According to federal court records, Childs was convicted of felony theft of property in Bradley County in 2009. He also has a 1983 conviction in Roane County for felony burglary.

    Convicted felons aren’t allowed to possess firearms.

    Childs was indicted last December for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

  • A need for speed?

    Area law enforcement is participating in Operation Southern Shield, a week-long crackdown on speeding and aggressive driving across the South.

    Authorities in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and North Carolina are involved in the enforcement effort.

    “NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) has told us that speed is a major factor in a lot of accidents,” Rockwood Police Department Deputy Chief John Mayes said.

  • It’s TOMATO TIME in TENNESSEE
  • Dad of 10 killed while cleaning window

    A Utah father of 10 was killed last week after he was struck by a tractor trailer in the parking lot of the Pilot gas station on Lawnville Road. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, a Kenworth tractor trailer and a Freightliner tractor trailer were parked on the far side of the parking lot on July 13.

    Robert D. Edlund was the co-driver of the Freightliner. The report said he was outside in between the two trucks cleaning the passenger window of the Freightliner.

  • Teen gets 15 years for church bus sex crimes

    From staff reports

    A Rockwood teen will spend years in prison for sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl and a 10-year-old girl on a church bus.

    The District Attorney General’s Office said Larry Lynn Allison pleaded guilty this week to two counts of aggravated sexual battery.

    The crimes happened on March 16, 2016. Allison and the two girls were on a Mount Pisgah Baptist Church bus when he sexually assaulted them.

  • Assistant moves to RCHS principal

    Kent Millsaps is taking over as principal of Roane County High School.

    Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins announced his hiring this week.

    Millsaps served as assistant principal at Roane County High the past two school years.

    Before that, he spent 16 years at Halls High School in Knox County, where he taught physical science, chemistry, and anatomy and physiology.

    Watkins said Dan Matthews will move from the half-time assistant principal position to the full time assistant principal at Roane County High.

  • Water, water everywhere
  • Harriman OKs library sewer fix

    Harriman Public Library’s concerns about backed up sewer may soon be alleviated.

    Harriman City Council approved moving forward with a $11,750 quote Harriman Utility Board got from Barger & Sons to resolve the sewer issues at the library.

    “I think this will fix the problem we have down there. The sewer problem, not the drainage problem,” said Mayor Wayne Best.