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    Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks doesn’t like cases dragging through the system.

    “One thing about this court, we like to move cases,” Wicks told attorney Joseph Fanduzz on Friday. “We don’t like delay.”

    The penchant for moving cases along is why Fanduzz had a hard time convincing Wicks to delay Laura Buckingham’s April 3 trial. Fanduzz was ultimately successful, but the delay Wicks granted Friday could be the last one in the murder-for-hire case.

  • Harriman seeks public input on recreation needs

    Harriman residents have multiple chances to voice their opinion about city recreation needs as the city prepares to file a Local Parks and Recreation Fund application in hopes of grant funds for recreation projects.

    The city is holding two public hearings. The first is 2 p.m. Monday, March 19, at the Harriman Community Center.

    A second meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20. The Harriman City Council will meet in regular session at 6 p.m. and a resolution regarding the fund is on the agenda for consideration.

  • Manager retiring from HUB

    Four finalists are being considered for the position of the next general manager of Harriman Utility Board.

    General Manager Bill Young is retiring on May 25. The board is meeting in a workshop at 4 p.m. Monday for discussions about his successor.

    “We’ll be making a selection at our monthly board meeting the last Monday of the month,” HUB Chairman Buddy Bowers said.

  • Energy-efficient upgrades to shut down Rockwood Public Library

    Rockwood Public Library will be closed temporarily as the first of many energy efficiency projects begin in earnest in Rockwood.

    The library is closed Tuesday and Wednesday to allow a crane at the library for work to replace the roof and heating and air units at the library.

    The library will reopen March 22-24, then close for a few weeks beginning March 26 until the work is completed.

    “We cannot have people sitting in the library reading and using computers” while work is going on, explained City Administrator Becky Ruppe.

  • Ex-BOE member on budget panel?

    Former Roane County Board of Education member Earl Nall could be returning to county government.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody is looking to add him to the County Commission’s Budget Committee.

    “Earl would be a good member,” Woody said.

    The Commission is scheduled to meet in regular session today – Monday – at the courthouse in Kingston. An agenda item listed under special orders ask the Commission to confirm Nall’s appointment to the budget committee.

  • Clinton woman racks up meth charge

    A Clinton woman was charged with possession of methamphetamine after a routine traffic stop last Friday, March 9.

    Harriman Officer Logan Vitatoe stopped the Hyundai Accent with expired tags on Ruritan Road and found driver Leslie M. Anderson inside.

    A check found Anderson’s license was revoked.

    Vitatoe said Anderson consented to a search of the vehicle and passenger Kerstin Renea Lively consented to a search of her purse in the vehicle.

  • Bow-wow Hoosegow

    Ruby escaped the Roane County Animal Shelter only to find herself happily behind bars at the Roane County Jail.

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office trustees, the inmates selected to do work around the county, have adopted the sweet furry mascot.

    “I think a dog brings love and compassion to those who may not be getting a lot of love and compassion, and they can share it back and forth,” said Sheriff Jack Stockton.

    The trustees built her a shelter themselves, decorating it lovingly with a bone that says Ruby Red.

  • No school vote before filing deadline

    It’s looking like the Roane County Commission will not take a vote on the school system’s building program before next month’s filing deadline.

    The last scheduled Commission meeting before the April 5 deadline is Monday, March 19. The agenda for the meeting does not include any resolutions about the building program.

    Commission Chairman Ron Berry indicated the Commission is still waiting to receive something from the school system before taking a vote.

    “The schools will initiate sort of the time schedule,” he said.