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  • Meadows managed bank not a problem for trustee

    The Roane County Trustee’s Office can continue to do business with United Community Bank after Darryl Meadows becomes a county commissioner on Sept. 1. That’s the opinion of Greg Leffew, who will become the county attorney on that same day. 

    The trustee’s office banks with United Community Bank, where Meadows serves as the branch manager. 

  • Roane County Commissioners retire
  • Guy ‘good hearted,’ mom says

    Loved ones of Miranda Guy will remember more than her tragic death.

    “She wasn’t a bad person,” said her mother, Tammy Guy Edwards.

    “She was a good-hearted person.”

    Guy, 28, who was shot and killed during an altercation with law enforcement, is said to have pointed a gun at her own head before pointing it at law enforcement on Tuesday afternoon.

    She was a burglary suspect who had fled from police in a white pickup before stopping at 314 Fairchild St. and fleeing inside.

  • South Roane firefighters battle Laurel Bluff blaze
  • Miller vs. Evans for mayor in Rockwood

    From staff reports

    One of Rockwood’s most outspoken City Council members and a former mayor will be facing off in November for the city’s top elected position.

    Mike “Brillo” Miller filed papers Tuesday to reclaim the seat he vacated in 2009 due to Rockwood term limits.

    He will be challenged by Peggy Evans, a first-term City Council member who, until recently, sat as the city’s vice mayor.

  • Community honors ‘good man’ judge upon his retirement

    Circuit Court Judge Russell E. Simmons Jr. is retiring at the end of the month.

    On Tuesday, colleagues, attorneys, friends and family paid homage to his 24 years on the bench during a reception at the Old Roane County Courthouse.

    “He has a lot of friends in this community and in the 9th Judicial District,” said Darla Watson, Simmons’ administrative assistant. “It’s phenomenal the friendship that’s being shown and turned out for him for his retirement.”

  • Wider Ruritan closer to reality by the shovelful

    Dark gray clouds and booms of thunder loomed overhead while state, Harriman and Roane County officials celebrated the pending widening project of Ruritan Road/Hwy. 29A with a ceremonial groundbreaking.

    Contractors The Rogers Group and state officials will have a pre-construction meeting early next month to stamp out details on the $9.6 million project, which finishes the project that started with widening Pine Ridge Road, once a winding country road that now merges onto Ruritan Road.

  • Judge’s race again headed to courtroom

    Tom McFarland filed a complaint in Roane County Chancery Court on Wednesday contesting the Aug. 7 election.

    McFarland ran for circuit court judge of the 9th Judicial District and was defeated by Mike Pemberton.

    Pemberton, the Roane County Election Commission and Tennessee Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins are named as defendants in the complaint.

    McFarland is asking that the election be voided. Pemberton said he hadn’t seen the complaint, but wasn’t surprised one was filed.

  • Investigation: Officers justified in shooting; identities released

    Investigators concluded Wednesday that law-enforcement officials were justified in the shooting death of burglary suspect Miranda Guy.

    Guy was shot Tuesday afternoon at a 314 Fairchild St. home in Harriman after a pursuit in her white pickup and running inside the home.

    Police have said she pointed a gun at officers going into the home to detain her.

  • Piñata Pride: Ferrante crafts colorful party centerpieces

    Festive colors and fun-filled parties aren’t complete without a centerpiece.

    For Lania Ferrante, a piñata was the focal point of a party in her native Costa Rica.

    She’s trying to encourage Roane Countians to also enjoy the party item.

    “That is the main attraction at any party, adults and little kids,” said Ferrante.

    In her Kingston home, Ferrante makes elaborate piñatas for parties in the area.

    It’s catching on, but she said using piñatas is really still a novelty here.