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  • File lacks details on transfer

    Jon Leffew’s personnel file didn’t provide any indication on why he was abruptly removed from his teaching/coaching position at Midway High School.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said Leffew was the focus of a recent investigation conducted by his office.

    He said Detective John Mayes spoke with the mother of a female student during the investigation.

    No criminal charges were filed, and Stockton said school officials decided to handle the matter internally.

  • City hopes surplus will pay for more paving

    Harriman is presently under budget on its paving projects, and city officials hope the money saved will enable them to resurface even more streets.

    City Manager Kevin Helms is optimistic the initial list of streets can be completed below officials’ estimates, which were higher than what was actually budgeted.

    If all pans out, even more paving can be completed.

    “We felt pretty confident we had estimated some quantities high, so we felt our actual expenses would be less,” said Helms.

  • KINGSTON TO BRING IN THE FOURTH WITH A BANG

    Kingston will make quite the splash starting next Friday when it kicks off its Smokin’ the Water four-day extravaganza.

    Long a regional center for July Fourth activities, Kingston promises more of the same this year, with boat races by the American Power Boat Association, live entertainment, the July Fourth parade, a sand volleyball tournament, a car show, and a handmade raft contest, all of which culminates with fireworks after sunset July 4.

  • DA releases dashcam of Harriman officer-involved shooting

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson has released the dashcam video from a March 8 shooting that involved two Harriman police officers.

    The video was released Thursday afternoon, a day after Nathan Manis was indicted for his involvement in the incident that escalated from a domestic situation.

    Sarah Moore and Steve Hart were the officers involved. Moore is back on duty; officials said Thursday Hart has since retired.

    See Monday's issue of the Roane County News for more details.

  • Very Blessed Seniors

    In 1936, Caney Ford Baptist Church in Midtown held its first-ever vacation Bible school.

    In attendance that year were Don Alford, Sanny Bowman and Jack Bowman.

    A lot has changed in 80 years, but one thing is still the same: the trio is still attending VBS at the church they love.

    Sanny Bowman and Alford are both 85 years old, while Jack Bowman is 83.

    Other than serving their country, they have never missed a VBS.

  • ‘Joy is gone’ with new HHA rules

    Harriman Housing Authority resident Mary Louise Trout dedicates many hours to growing beautiful plants and trees in her yard.

    Proposed changes to the Authority’s rules might bring an end to her labor of love.

    “I really hate to see my yard go because it is my pride and joy, but because of all this stuff going on I’m afraid my joy is gone,” she said.

    The proposed changes include limits on items in the yard, including a limit to two flower pots.

  • Balanced county budget to address needs of sheriff

    Despite some challenges, the Roane County Commission’s budget committee plans to present a spending plan for the 2016-17 fiscal year that doesn’t seek an increase in the property tax rate.

    “I think we are addressing some real needs at the sheriff’s department and jail, along with maintaining the budgets in the other departments with no tax increase,” Commissioner/Budget Committee Member Darryl Meadows said.

  • Judge denies motion to delay Smoot trial

    Nearly five years have passed since Brooke Nicole Morris was found dead.

    Her accused killer has yet to face a jury, but that could change this summer.

    On Tuesday Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks denied a motion to postpone Shawn Smoot’s scheduled July 25 trial at the Roane County Courthouse.

    “The court is not inclined to continue this matter any further,” Wicks said.

    Smoot’s defense attorney, Bob Jolley of Knoxville, filed a motion for a continuance on Friday. Jolley is Smoot’s fifth court-appointed attorney.

  • 25 apply to fill Rockwood High principal post

    Rockwood High School isn’t the only place where a new face will be occupying the principal’s office this upcoming school year.

    Roane County Schools also has principal openings at Ridge View Elementary School in Rockwood and Dyllis Springs Elementary School near Oliver Springs.

    Alan Reed retired as principal at Rockwood High this year.

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes said Dyllis Springs principal David Stevens also retired and Ridge View principal Robin Smith resigned.

    Interviews for the open positions are under way this week.

  • ‘Big Hero 6’ voted to be shown at Cobbler Festival

    The votes are in — online voters have cast their ballots and chosen “Big Hero 6” to be shown as the sundown outdoor movie at the inaugural Harriman Fruit Cobbler Festival.

    The festival will be from 5 to 10 p.m. July 23 at David Webb Riverfront Park, Harriman.

    Activities at the festival also include the fruit cobbler competition and family activities.

    Visit www.cityofharriman.net or the city’s Facebook page for details.