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  • Harriman officials eye lot for farmers market downtown

    The demolition and cleanup at the old Miller & Brewer building site by Roane County holds some promise for Harriman’s goal of having a farmers market downtown.

    City officials have been waiting on utilizing a grant they received for a farmers market pavilion so they could see what becomes of that property.

    “If timing allowed, we wanted to see what developed at those locations to see if they could somehow tie into the farmers market being relocated downtown,” said manager Kevin Helms.

  • Paving in Rockwood budget for 2015-16

    Rockwood’s 2015-16 city budget includes $125,000 for paving.

    The City Council approved the budget on first reading Thursday.

    Part of the paving is offset by $35,785 in disaster relief the city received last fiscal year.

    Paving itself is one reason why Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller wanted to get moving on the budget. He said the city could be cut in on a deal Roane County Road Department got on paving and get asphalt for much cheaper than if they went out later. The Road Department is using Rogers Group.

  • Musical expression taught at theater camp

    Morrison Hill Christian Church’s weeklong musical theater camp took place earlier this month.

    The play “Make It Loud” was put together by the children’s ministries director Adrienne Schaffer.

    “They are learning the songs, script and the meaning behind the play.” Schaffer said. “Not to be ashamed of telling other people about Jesus.”

    The campers come in not knowing anything and are able to perform at the end of the week in front of their friends and family.

  • No furlough for man who pleaded guilty to burglary

    John Mark Moore didn’t garner any sympathy from Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen on Friday.

    After pleading guilty to seven crimes in Roane County Criminal Court, Moore’s attorney requested a furlough on his behalf.

    “He has a number of things that he needs to do before he goes for this lengthy penitentiary sentence,” defense attorney Joshua Headrick said.

  • Class-ranking policy to include dual enrollment

    A revised class ranking policy could be in effect when Roane County students return to school next month.

    The Board of Education approved a revision on first reading at its May meeting.

    It wasn’t approved on second reading in June, however, because board members were concerned that it didn’t address students who take dual enrollment courses.

    The board did approve a revision at its July 16 meeting that school officials say addresses dual enrollment students, advanced placement students and middle college students.

  • Budget OK’d, but raises for county workers yet to be paid

    The Roane County Commission approved a 1.5 percent raise for county employees this month, but the extra cash has yet to show up in their paychecks.

    That’s because while commission has approved a budget for the fiscal year, it has yet to set the tax rate that will fund it.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said the money for the raises will not be released until a tax rate is approved.

    “There’s still some risk that they may not approve the tax rate,” he said.

    The vote that set the budget passed 8-7.

  • POWERS DEAL ADDS UP TO 13 YEARS

    Christopher Lee Powers cut a deal with prosecutors on Friday in his criminal cases.

    Judge E. Eugene Eblen accepted the agreement and sentenced Powers to 13 years in prison.

    “I think it was an acceptable outcome,” Assistant District Attorney General Terry Stevens said. “It was important to get someone with his criminal activity off the streets.”

    One of the cases that Powers entered a guilty plea in stemmed from a Feb. 9 police chase that ended with him getting shot.

  • TVA properties go for more than $9 million

    Luxury homes and home sites bought by TVA in the wake of the 2008 fly ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant were auctioned off Saturday for $9.183 million.

    Sixty-two properties were sold at absolute auction by J.P. King Auction Co., a firm retained by TVA to publicize and sell holdings the federal agency purchased after the ash catastrophe, which released more than 5 million cubic yards of ash, a byproduct of coal burned at the Plant, into the environment.

  • Powers pleads guilty in deputy shooting case

    Christopher Powers has pleaded guilty to a Feb. 9 assault on Sheriff's Deputy John Mayes.

    Criminal Court Judge Eugene Eblen sentenced Powers to 13 years in prison on Friday morning.

    His sentence is a culmination of charges related to this incident and two other cases.

    Powers was shot several times by Mayes as he aimed his car toward Mayes in a chase that ended on Airport Road. Mayes was cleared of any wrongdoing in the case.

    Read Monday's issue of the Roane County News or visit RoaneCounty.com for more on this development.

  • Tractor fire an accident

    A Roane County Road Department employee who served time for burning down a church was behind the wheel of a county tractor that caught on fire on July 1.

    Don’t read anything into that, officials said.

    According to E-911 dispatch records, the incident involving employee Glenn Eugene Armes happened that day shortly after noon on McKinney Road.

    The Midtown Volunteer Fire Department responded. Chief Randy Scarborough Sr. said foul play was not suspected.