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  • Probation revenues down in ’16

    The revenue Community Probation Services generates in Roane County was down in 2016, according to the annual letter it sends to County Executive Ron Woody.

    This year’s letter, dated Jan. 3, said the company grossed $160,340.01.

    Roane County contracts with CPS to provide probation services for people convicted in General Sessions Court.

    The contract requires the company to pay Roane County 5 percent of its gross revenue. In 2016, that amounted to $8,017.

    Woody said the county received the check from CPS last month.

  • Roane officials to consider support for Gov. Haslam’s gas tax proposal

    A resolution expressing support for Gov. Bill Haslam’s gas tax proposal is on the Roane County Commission’s Feb. 13 agenda.

    It was unanimously recommended by the Commission’s Budget Committee.

    “Cars are getting better gas mileage,” said Commissioner Junior Hendrickson, who serves on the committee. “They’re getting lighter and the tax hasn’t been changed, so the money coming in to support the infrastructure has declined.”

  • Spring Thaw to help dementia patients

    The Leadership Roane Class 2017 is hosting a Spring Thaw Fundraising Extravaganza on Feb. 23 to raise funds that will be used to help treat Alzheimer’s patients at care facilities in Roane County.

    Leadership Roane County is sponsored by Roane State Community College and The Roane Alliance.

    The 31-year-old program seeks to develop informed leaders who will be active in community life and who will support a volunteer program dedicated to the positive growth of Roane County.

  • Rockwood High principal arrested

    Rockwood High School Principal Shannon Cawood was arrested for domestic assault Saturday morning.

    “We have become aware of that information, and we have put him on suspension pending investigation,” Roane County Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said late Saturday. “That’s really all for now until we know more.”

    The alleged victim is Cawood’s wife, Midway Middle School Principal Amy Cawood.

  • Distress call ends in tragedy

    A search for a possibly suicidal man ended tragically Tuesday afternoon in an officer-involved shooting at Tyler Pointe shopping center on Gateway Avenue in Rockwood.

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, at the request of Ninth Judicial District Attorney General Russell Johnson, is investigating the incident, which culminated in death of victim Quinton Swicegood, 58, of Harriman.

  • East Roane man hurt in propane tank explosion

    Benny Walker, a 69-year-old East Roane County man, is expected to recover from injuries he suffered in a fire on Wednesday.

    “Dad is doing well,” son Chris Walker said Thursday. “He’s going to make a full recovery.”

    The fire happened at Benny Walker’s residence at 124 Buck Creek Road, Kingston. According to an E-911 dispatch report, a greenhouse and a barn at the property caught on fire. Benny Walker reportedly got burned when a propane tank exploded.


    LeMond Composites is in the Eastern District of Tennessee.

    However, that’s not where the company wants to defend a federal lawsuit filed against it by former LeMond partner Connie Jackson.

    A motion filed on Wednesday asks for Jackson’s lawsuit to be dismissed or that the case be transferred to Minnesota.

    According to a memo in support of the motion, Jackson, a Harriman resident, signed an operating agreement consenting to all litigation being handled in Minnesota.

  • Free community college for adults a plus for area

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s latest proposal to expand access to free community college to adults could mean big things for Roane County.

    “I’m very excited about this bill. With this act and with the Tennessee Promise, we can say proudly that in Tennessee every adult has an opportunity to go to college free of charge thanks to the lottery reserve and the leadership of Gov. Haslam, as well as the support of the General Assembly of Tennessee,” said Sen. Ken Yager.

  • Movie Night donations taken for Central America

    Sixteen Roane State Community College students are traveling to the most impoverished areas of two Central American countries to deliver greatly needed items, and they are seeking the community’s help.

    The Service Learning in World Cultures class is seeking contributions of all types of school supplies and clothing. Students will be at the entrance of the historic Princess Theatre in downtown Harriman beginning at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 10 to receive donations.