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  • ARRESTS Dec. 31, 2015 - Jan. 6, 2016

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Dec. 31 – Gary Dewayne Fisher, 51, 123 Tubb Springs Road, Harriman: attachment for contempt/non support, attachment for contempt/non support.

    • Steve Allen Godsey Sr., 48, 201 Sewanee Street, Harriman: public intoxication, simple possession or casual exchange, failure to appear (felony).

    • Steven Waychoff, 31, 1543 James Ferry Road, Kingston: domestic assault .

  • TBI closes probe into Revitalization group

    A TBI probe of Rockwood Revitalization Inc. has resulted in no criminal charges.

    “We did not seek an indictment,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.

    Former Rockwood city councilwoman Peggy Evans and her son, Rockwood Revitalization president John Evans, were subjects of the probe. When asked about the case last week, John Evans said he feels vindicated.

  • County animal shelter looking for a few good volunteers

    The Roane County Animal Shelter is hoping a change in policy will bring with it a slew of help in the new year, as the shelter is revamping its volunteer program.

    “At our last shelter committee meeting in October we approved a volunteer program that is open to the general public,” animal shelter office manager Stephanie Kolski said. “Before it was just for the Tennessee Scholars program and Beta clubs, but we had some people in the general public that wanted to help.”

    Volunteer opportunities at the county-operated shelter are plenty.

  • State disbars Donice Butler

    The Tennessee Supreme Court has disbarred Harriman attorney Donice Butler.

    According to the Board of Professional Responsibility, which handles disciplinary matters for the court, Butler violated rules of professional conduct on diligence, communication, declining and terminating representation, bar admission, disciplinary matters and misconduct.

    “A petition for discipline was filed on Nov. 14, 2014, and a supplemental petition for discipline was filed on April 16, 2015,” the board said in a press release about the disbarment.

  • Legislature to again eye gas tax

    State Sen. Ken Yager heard an earful about taxes during his appearance at last week’s Roane County Tea Party meeting.

    Some people, like Val McNabb, feel like governments – federal, state and local – get enough of their money and don’t need any more.

    “Every branch of the government every year wants a nickle, a dime more,” McNabb said. “So anytime a tax comes up, you’re always going to get these people and myself to say, ‘No. You’ve got enough. Manage what you’re doing right now.’”

  • Do-nothing demolitions may soon end

    Rockwood property owners don’t need to dawdle when they have a demolition permit.

    An ordinance that would shorten the amount of time to get to work on demolitions was approved on first reading by the Rockwood City Council in December.

    Presently, demolition permit holder have 180 days to start work on razing structures.

    The proposed ordinance instead would give the permit holder 90 days to start work.

  • Karate donation honors Harold Long

    The International Association of Isshin-Ryu Karate recently made a special donation toward Harriman’s Korean War Memorial.

    The $500 contribution is in honor of all veterans, but it is particularly given in memory of the Association’s late founder, Grand Master Harold Long.

    Grand Master Tommy True of Roane School of Isshin-Ryu Karate in Harriman said Long, a Rockwood native who was raised in Morgan County, founded the International Isshin-Ryu Karate Association.

  • Yellow DOT gives first responders info they need

    Emergency responders will know your medical concerns and even your preferred hospital and other such information with the Yellow DOT program.

    Harriman Fire Department can help residents get started if they stop by Fire Station 1 for the free folder to store the information, as well as take a photo for identification to include in the folder.

    “It has all your medical information in it,” said interim chief Brad Daniels.

    The packets are available at the fire station from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

  • ELECTION 2016: County hopefuls pick up petitions starting today

    Candidates for the Aug. 4 election can start picking up petitions today – Friday.

    A number of offices are up for grab this year, including property assessor, road superintendent, general sessions court judge Part 1 and 9th Judicial District criminal court judge.

    Candidates for those jobs are already emerging.

    Molly Leggins-Hartup, an accounting clerk in the Roane County Executive’s Office, filed paperwork last year to start raising money for the property assessor’s race.

  • ORDER UP! Archie’s brings past tastes to The Bridge of today

    Archie’s Café is back in business.

    The 5-year-old fast-food hangout in The Bridge at Rockwood closed over the holidays to renovate its look and expand its fare.

    Now, it has a ’50s vibe, along with a soda machine, hot dog spit and a milkshake machine to help its residents – and their families – enjoy more of a homey environment, explained Kathy Parks, admissions/marketing director.

    “The residents and their families love it,” she said.