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  • American Legion post has rich history

    American Legion Post 232 in Harriman is one of only a few predominantly African-American posts in the state.

    Bronce Cleveland, who is district commander, said the post started in 1947.

    “Our forefathers formed this American Legion back in the Jim Crow days. We had black regiments and white regiments,” said Cleveland.

    “We tried to join, but we were turned down,” said post commander Greg Love of African-American’s previous attempts at joining American Legion posts in those early days.

  • Board approves school calendar

    The first day of school for the 2015-16 school year is set.

    The calendar approved by the Roane County Board of Education last week has students starting the new school year on Aug. 10.

    The board had been considering two calendar options for the 2015-16 school year.

    The one referred to as the “balanced” calendar included a two-week break in the fall and a two-week break in the spring.

    The board picked the traditional calendar, however, which includes the customary one-week break in the fall and a one-week break in the spring.

  • County picks up tab on cleanup of Harriman’s Miller & Brewer site

    Roane County is reimbursing the city of Harriman for nearly $100,000 in costs incurred cleaning up the old Miller & Brewer building. That’s because Roane County owns the property, according to Harriman Mayor Chris Mason.

    “It went to them by default,” Mason said.

    The property on Roane Street in downtown Harriman was offered as part of a county back tax sale last year. When no one bid on the property, the clerk and master entered a bid on behalf of the county, which the law requires.

  • Mom asks for police shooting video release

    The mother of a man shot by a sheriff’s deputy is challenging authorities to release video of the incident.

    “My son did not do this, and until they show that film, I don’t believe it,” Doris Powers said. “If what they’re saying is true, why not release it and let the public see it?”

  • Land reappraisals in state’s hands

    Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan is no longer in charge of the 2015 reappraisal. That responsibility now falls to the state.

    On Thursday at Legislative Plaza in Nashville, the State Board of Equalization voted unanimously to have the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury’s Division of Property Assessments take over the reappraisal.

  • Sex offenders charged with breaking into home

    Two registered sex offenders are accused of breaking into a home on Blue Springs Road. Daniel Nunley and Terry Kincannon are charged with aggravated burglary in the Jan. 8 incident.

    Kincannon was arrested on Jan. 11. Nunley was arrested on Feb. 15.

  • ARE WE DONE NOW? PLEASE?

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Roane County may soon know whether the state and county qualify for assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help with the costs of dealing with the past two weeks’ of winter weather.

    Scott Stout, the director of Roane County’s Office of Emergency Services, said he could know something soon. From ice to heavy snow and everything in between, officials have had their hands full.

  • Salt supplies holding up in Roane

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Salt to keep Roane County’s roads safe shouldn’t be a concern.

    Roane County Highway Department Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said he’s got plenty of it, including some left from the original 500 tons he ordered last spring.

    “I have another 300 tons on its way,” said Ferguson, who had a contract to buy it in emergency situations. “This will get us through.”

  • No charges against deputy in I-40 shooting

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    A Roane County sheriff’s deputy will not face charges in a Feb. 9 officer-involved shooting. The Roane County grand jury heard testimony and watched video of the incident on Monday, and determined John Mayes acted appropriately when he shot Christopher Lee Powers.

  • ROCKWOOD: Further investigation asked for on visitor center

    A probe of Rockwood Revitalization Inc. will continue.

    An investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury found the organization did not comply with the terms of a grant it received for a visitors center.

    The Roane County grand jury reviewed the comptroller’s report on Monday.

    “The grand jury found that additional investigation should be required,” an addendum to the grand jury report said.