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  • Lifestar makes it official

    By Joe King
    jking@morgancountynews.net

    It may only seem like it saves a few minutes, but that short time could be the difference between life and death.

    And now that a Lifestar unit is stationed at Rockwood Municipal Airport, critical response times in Roane County are significantly reduced.
    The unit has responded to area medical calls from the Airport since September.

    Lifestar personnel made it official last week with a public event at the Airport involving officials from Roane, Morgan and Cumberland counties.

  • Mom whose tot OD’d on pills indicted for abuse

    A 22-year-old Rockwood woman was arrested for child abuse and reckless endangerment in the case of an alleged toddler overdosing on pills last summer.

    Marissa Bethany Nemitz, 22, 118 Butler Lane, was booked into the Roane County Jail on Feb. 26 for child abuse where the child is 8 or less and reckless endangerment (weapon involved.)

    A Roane County grand jury handed down an indictment last month.

    According to a report by Sheriff’s Investigator Art Wolf, a preliminary medical report indicated the child tested positive for Oxycodone in his system.

  • Princess fundraiser to honor Henrys

    The Princess Theatre Foundation and Roane State Community College are recognizing the contributions of Chairman Jim Henry and his wife, Pat, at a special event at the Princess.

    The evening kicks off with a VIP reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, with entertainment following at 7 p.m. at the theatre.

    “He believes in the vision of the Princess,” said Harriman Mayor Chris Mason, who also sits on the Foundation board.

    “We are honoring he and Pat for all that they have done for Roane County.”

  • Settlement offered in road damage litigation

    Roane County is looking to settle a lawsuit it filed last year against Claiborne Hauling.

    TVA hired the Knoxville trucking company in 2014 to transport dirt from a South of the River farm to the Kingston Fossil Plant for a landfill expansion project.

    Road Superintendent

    Dennis Ferguson accused Claiborne Hauling of damaging Woody Lane during that job.

    The damage was estimated at $36,000.

    Todd Claiborne, the owner of Claiborne Hauling, said it wasn’t his company’s responsibility to pay for the road.

  • 'It really does take a village': Gracey’s comfy in the classroom, thanks to benefactor’s special gift

    Mike’s Body Shop in Harriman has made it possible for a Cherokee Middle School student to remain comfortably in her classroom.

    Gracey Estes, a seventh-grader in Kellie Allen’s special education class, has cerebral palsy, and normally would be seated in her wheelchair to participate in classroom and school activities.

    But she was diagnosed with pressure sores before Christmas, necessitating that she only be in her chair for transport.

  • Coleman remembered for charm, determination

    The first black man elected to Harriman City Council died on Sunday, March 6, at Oak Ridge’s Methodist Medical Center.

    Ron Coleman was not only elected to his first term in the summer of 1987, but he was the top vote getter, making him vice mayor at that time.

    He’s remembered by former officials who served with him for his charm and determination.

    “What he believed for, he would fight for to the end,” said Jerry Davis, a former Harriman mayor who served with Coleman on City Council.

  • 2nd officer shooting in 2 months

    A state corrections officer is in a Knoxville hospital recuperating from one or multiple gunshots fired by two Harriman police officers Tuesday.

    “I am not releasing the names of the officers until the investigation is over,” said Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle, who has turned over the investigation to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

    The officers involved were responding to a domestic dispute at a 505 N. Roane St. apartment in which 911 reports said that Nathan Manis, 27, was “going off and has a gun.”

  • Threads of Love

    Ties bind literally and figuratively for Kingston First Baptist Church’s Threads of Love Quilting Ministry.

    The group recently completed a legacy quilt made almost entirely of 120 donated ties, and presented it to the church congregation.

    They called it “The Tie that Binds” from a line in an old hymn, “Blest be the tie that binds, our hearts in Christian love,” reported Brenda Malone, who oversaw the project.

  • 2nd officer shooting in 2 months

    A state corrections officer is in a Knoxville hospital recuperating from one or multiple gunshots fired by two Harriman police officers Tuesday.

    “I am not releasing the names of the officers until the investigation is over,” said Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle, who has turned over the investigation to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

    The officers involved were responding to a domestic dispute at a 505 N. Roane St. apartment in which 911 reports said that Nathan Manis, 27, was “going off and has a gun.”

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