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  • Sentenced to prison, but still at jail: Clark convicted for mugging 84-year-old

    Nine months after he was sentenced to prison for mugging an 84-year-old Kingston woman, Benjamin Heath Clark is still being held at the Roane County Jail.

    It’s not clear when, or if, he will go to a state prison.

    “There is not set or standard time frame,” said Robert Reburn, a spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Correction.

    Kingston police described the mugging of 84-year-old Eleanor Rogers as an “attack.”

    It happened on Dec. 3, 2012, when she was about to enter a nail salon on Kentucky Street.

  • Man leads police on chase, skids into house

    A man who led Harriman police on a pursuit before crashing into a utility pole and skidding into a house and SUV on Baumgartner Road on Thursday is in custody.

    Brannon Anthony Hennings, 24, of 1360 Riverbend Drive, Kingston, was charged with evading arrest, driving on revoked/suspended license, compliance with financial responsibility law required and reckless endangerment.

    According to reports, police were told a green Ford Taurus that might have been stolen was seen on South Roane Street.

  • Cleanup over, now TVA to look at its property

    TVA is turning its attention to some of the property it purchased in Swan Pond now that the ash spill cleanup is complete.

    The agency’s board of directors are scheduled to meet on Thursday in Huntsville, Ala.

    One of the items on the agenda is “Kingston – Emory River Road Properties.”

    “There are a few properties that TVA has been using for housing and storage as part of the recovery project,” TVA spokesman Scott Brooks said.

  • Roane State honors memory of Jadah and Rod

    The memory of Jadah Gallaher and Rod Drummond was honored at Roane State Community College Friday with the presentation of two benches in the pair’s memory outside the gymnasium where they played basketball.

    The pair were killed in a train accident last May when the vehicle they were riding in was struck at a crossing at Mountain View Road.

  • DOE’s study/survey of K-25 slab to be determined

    A recent update on the historic preservation efforts at the K-25 Site in Roane County included a listing of commitments met through the memorandum of agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy.

  • Correction

    A story in the May 1 issue of the Roane County News about the Roane County Sheriff’s Office budget contained an error.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said the budget committee approved a $125,000 contract between the sheriff’s office and WestCare for the 2015-16 fiscal year, which will require a property tax rate increase of 1 cent to fund.

  • State tomato-growers to discuss former association

    Tennessee tomato growers have the opportunity to help build a foundation for their industry’s future at a number of meetings across the state.
    The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has been granted federal funds to launch the Tennessee Tomato Initiative.
    The goal of the initiative is to provide growers necessary information to determine if a grower-owned organization can increase national recognition and markets for Tennessee tomatoes. The growers will decide by vote in May.

  • You don’t want to know what’s for dinner
  • Medical transport may locate at airport

    Air transport for medical help might be closer for some Roane County residents — particularly some in West Roane County.

    Rockwood City Council passed a resolution allowing Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller to execute a two-year ground lease with Med-Trans Air Medical Transport allowing it to place a modular building on a portion of the Rockwood Municipal Airport property for crew, pilots and maintenance for air medical transport services in Roane and surrounding counties.

  • Harriman officials hope for home run on new fencing

    Harriman officials will be ready to go if the Roane County Economic Development Foundation approves the replacement of the city’s ballfield fences.

    It’s one of Harriman’s proposed public image repair projects, and the city is bidding out replacing the fences so they’ll be ready to vote on it in their May Council meeting.

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said he had heard the Roane County Economic Development Foundation plans to meet May 5.