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  • 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.

  • ARRESTS Dec. 29-31, 2015

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

    Dec. 29 – Heather Michelle Melton, 39, 444 Shady Lane, Kingston: failure to appear.

    • Howard Scotty Goad, 35, 157 Taylor Creek Road, Wartburg, violation of probation/parole.

    • Randy Lee Greene, 50, 123 Gobblers Knob Road, Harriman: driving on revoked/suspended license.

    • Alex M. Whalen, 27, 112 Zeni Lane, Harriman: violation of probation/parole.

  • Stevens new General Sessions judge

    The Roane County Commission appointed Terry Stevens to the general sessions court judge Part 1 vacancy during a special-called meeting Monday night.

    Stevens replaces Jeff Wicks, who resigned after Gov. Bill Haslam appointed him criminal court judge of the 9th Judicial District.

    “Each and every day that I come to work, I’ll bring the values of honesty, hard work and integrity,” Stevens said before a standing-room-only crowd.

  • Lights Down And Out

    GOOSE LINDSAY/Roane Newspapers
    Rockwood Electric Utility workers tend to one of their first jobs of the New Year — removing Rockwood’s lighted angels and trains that adorn the streets during the holiday season.

  • Officer involved in shooting OK’d to return to work

    Rockwood Police Officer Brandon Smith has been cleared to return to work.

    Police Chief Danny Wright said Smith was scheduled to work the Kingston-at-Rockwood basketball game Tuesday night and return to patrol today – Wednesday.

    “He’ll be back on a shift in the morning,” Wright said Tuesday.

    Smith was placed on administrative leave with pay after he shot a man on Christmas Eve following a pursuit.

  • Comments sought on upcoming papermill cleanup

    A public-comment period for the cleanup of a former papermill in Harriman is underway through Jan. 27.

    A public meeting is part of the comment period. That meeting will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 14, in Harriman Municipal Office Complex at 609 N. Roane St.

    “Several people have already expressed interest in reviewing the EPA reports/proposal options, but did not really express any opinion for or against the project,” said Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms.

    Crews hope to be on the site in March or April to begin the final cleanups, Helms said.

  • Woman accused of Vienna sausage theft

    A craving for Vienna sausages landed a Rockwood woman behind bars.

    Joni K. Mitchell, 45, allegedly hid two cans of the mini wieners in her purse while shopping at the IGA on Dec. 27.

    According to the warrant, officer Blake Norman was dispatched to the supermarket to look into the incident.

    “I spoke with Roger Sharp, the store owner/complainant,” the warrant said.

    “Mr. Sharp had a female in the store identified as Mrs. Joni K. Mitchell, who had concealed two cans of Vienna sausages and two lunches.”

  • Eblen open to sitting as special judge

    Retired judge E. Eugene Eblen might not be done with the robe.

    The man who spent 48.5 years on the bench said last month he’d consider serving as a special judge if called upon.  

    “We can sit by designation, but I’d be real choosy about which ones I take if I do,” Eblen said.

    Eblen started his tenure on the bench on July 1, 1967, as Roane County’s General Sessions Court judge.  

  • Church crash under investigation


    GOOSE LINDSAY/Roane Newspapers
    A 47-year-old Rockwood woman, Arlene Nance, was injured Tuesday morning when the 1999 Ford Mustang she was driving crashed into Faithway Church of God on North Front Avenue in Rockwood. According to Rockwood police officer Jared Hall, Nance was traveling east on Bates Street when she failed to stop and passed through an intersection on Front Avenue and into the church. Nance was taken to Roane Medical Center. Hall said the investigation is ongoing.

  • Library Holiday Fun