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  • Graduation coaches making a difference

    Do Roane County schools need graduation coaches?

    That was a question raised by community members and some Roane County commissioners last week in both a public hearing and a commission workshop.

    If you want results, the answer is yes, according to Director of Schools Gary Aytes.

    He said statistics show the school system has increased its graduation rates since adding the coaches.

    Last year the graduation rate was 92.5 percent. It has steadily climbed since 2007, when the graduation rate was 77.3 percent.

  • Event combines love of God with love of boating

    It was a peaceful in the cove of the Blue Springs Marina Saturday. A warm breeze came across the waters as Pastor Chuck Griffin of Luminary United Methodist Church gave the first Blessing of the Fleet with Horizon Yacht Club.

    “And may God bring you all safely in when you turn your boats homeward to shore,” Griffin said into a megaphone as he stood at the pulpit of the Donna Lou Too.

    About 30 boats participated — yachts, pontoons, sailboats and even canoes. Horns and other signaling devices were sounded in place of an “amen.”

  • Woman charged in Harriman fight

    A fight outside the Oasis gas station resulted in a criminal charge for one Harriman teen. Alicia Eskridge, 19, is charged with aggravated assault in the May 30 incident.

    According to the warrant, Cassie Church told Harriman Police Officer Cody Guge that she got into a fight with Eskridge and was stabbed.

    Church was bleeding from her hand, arm and back, Guge reported.

  • Former officer’s case goes to grand jury

    Roane County General Sessions Court Judge Jeff Wicks determined there was enough evidence presented at a preliminary hearing on Monday to send the case against Jeremy Alexander Gambrell to the grand jury.

    Gambrell, a former TVA police officer, is accused of shooting his estranged wife, Jenny Gambrell, in March. He was originally charged with two counts of aggravated assault in the incident, but one of them was upgraded to attempted second-degree murder.

  • Leon Houston verdict in jeopardy?

    Could a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding threats via Facebook help Leon Houston?

    That remains to be seen, but the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals wants to know his stance on the matter.

  • For those who didn’t get a parade

    Only a year ago, the Vietnam War Memorial at Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park was celebrated.

    Now veterans and their supporters are working toward a memorial to honor Korean War veterans.

    “It is important you recognize each and every group,” said Gary Todd of American Legion Post 53. “World War II was supposed to be the war to end all wars, but it didn’t.”

  • Mom charged with abuse says she’s the victim

    A Rockwood mom said accusations that she assaulted her 9-year-old son have caused her grief.

    “I didn’t do anything wrong,” Jessica Rudd said Monday. “I had two cops looking in my window, which is kind of an invasion of privacy, I think.”

    Rockwood police charged Rudd with child abuse. Police went to 1026 Kingston Ave. at 11:20 p.m. on May 28 to investigate a child abuse call.

  • Man shot by officer out of jail

    Christopher Lee Powers was released from the Roane County Jail on bond Sunday.

    Powers was shot multiple times by Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy John Mayes at the Airport Road exit ramp on Feb. 9.

    Powers spent time at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville after the shooting.

    He was booked into the Roane County Jail on Feb. 18.

    “I’m glad that he’s out,” Powers’ mother, Doris Powers said Monday.

  • Pine Ridge Road to be closed Wednesday

    From STAFF REPORTS

    Drivers will need to avoid the typically busy Pine Ridge Road on Wednesday morning while work is done on the railroad crossing on the bustling road.

    Pine Ridge Road, also known as State Route 29, will be closed to through traffic between Interstate 40 and Ruritan Road for several hours that day.

    The road will be impassable “for about three or four hours between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. while the railroad replaces the crossing in that area,” said Mark Nagi, a spokesman for Tennessee Department of Transportation.