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  • Holiway decision helps make history

    Despite all the attention that came with it, Roane County’s Liz Holiway said she has no regrets serving as a member of the Electoral College.

    “I just thought it was awesome,” she said. “It was the greatest thing I’ve ever done.”

    Tennessee has 11 of the 538 electoral votes. Holiway and the state’s other 10 electors met in Nashville Monday morning and cast their ballots for Donald Trump as president and Mike Pence as vice president.

  • Drug plea given

    The man who walked into the Roane County Courthouse over the summer with suspected meth in the chest pocket of his shirt pleaded guilty to simple possession on Dec. 5.

    According to court records, Cody James Branham was sentenced to supervised probation for 12 months and ordered to make a $500 contribution to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office drug fund.

    “Jail sentence (suspended) except 30 days with credit,” court records said.

    The incident that led to the charge happened on July 12.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Balanced election system works

    The Electoral College has cast its votes for the 2016 presidential campaign, and we now have a legitimately elected president.

    Late in the election cycle there was talk about a “rigged” system. We heard a lot about the importance of accepting the results of the election.

    We were reminded, rightfully so, that to not accept the results of the election would be a dangerous threat to the foundation of our country.

  • Road leveling for jobs gets thumbs up

    Execution of a contract that one official said is critical to completing a key industrial project should be able to go forward following the Dec. 12 Roane County Commission meeting.

    “We’ve been trying to get this contract done since July,” said Wade Creswell, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance.

    The county received a Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development grant earlier this year for improvements at the Jones Road site in Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

  • HAMMING IT UP: Bowers kids read for pig kisses

    Bowers Elementary School Principal Brenda Arwood puckered up and planted a big kiss on a pig Friday.

    Arwood smooched the pig after students reached a certain amount of Accelerated Reader program points.

    “In just the second nine weeks, they read over 4,000 Accelerated Reader points. That is not counting the first nine weeks,” said Bowers Librarian Michelle Greene.

    Students at the Harriman school read 4,500 points worth of books, and it doesn’t look like that number will slow down any time soon.

  • Harriman’s rec league growing

    Harriman Parks and Recreation just kicked its basketball season into gear, and officials hope to make a big difference for the community’s older youth by bringing back a part of the program.

    The league now includes an age group for 14- to 17-year-olds to give an opportunity for those not participating in school athletics to still have access to good clean fun.

    “The reason I’m most excited about that age group is because they have the ability and capability to get in some mischief at that age,” said Recreation Director Allen Hickman.

  • DUMP TRUMP? Elector pledges support, despite the thousands of letters, emails received

    Roane County’s own Liz Holiway is one of 11 Tennesseans expected to cast electoral votes for President-elect Donald Trump during a ceremony today – Monday – at the state Capitol in Nashville.

    “I’m going to represent this area on the electoral college,” she said Friday. “That’s why it’s so exciting.”

  • OS man dies, two injured in Morgan crash

    An Oliver Springs man was killed and two others were injured in a head-on car crash Thursday night in Morgan County.

    Tennessee Highway Patrol reports said 35-year-old Timothy J. Young was killed in the collision that was reported at 7:34 p.m. in Coalfield.

    Young was driving a 2003 Ford SPE westbound on Hwy. 62, and attempted to pass another vehicle when he struck a 2000 Nissan XTR head-on, THP reports said.

  • Man guilty of rape

    John Paul Little might never be a free man again.

    On Thursday, a Roane County jury found him guilty on four counts of child rape.

    “Whenever we get one of these and get a guilty verdict, it’s all such a relief,” Assistant District Attorney General Bob Edwards said.

    Little was indicted on four counts of child rape in 2013. His trial started Wednesday at the Roane County Courthouse and finished Thursday.

    The victim, who said she was 5 years old when Little first raped her, testified on Wednesday.


    It’s not quite Santa’s naughty or nice list, but several Kingston Elementary School students were rewarded for good behavior this week when the school opened its Bee Bucks Store.

    “The kids are rewarded all year long with Bee Bucks,” Kingston parent volunteer Michelle Stewart said. “They get a Bee Buck when they are caught doing something good or going above and beyond what they need to do.”

    The Bee Bucks Store is a yearly tradition at the school and gives the students a chance to do some Christmas shopping.