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  • Roane bucks trend, road fatalities are down in 2012

    Nine people died in traffic accidents in Roane County last year compared to 12 in 2011. That trend didn’t play out across the state.
    According to statistics compiled by the Tennessee Department of Safety, 1,013 died on the road last year, compared to  937 the year before.
    “The Tennessee Highway Patrol is continuing to place an emphasis on  seat belt and DUI enforcement, such as No Refusal, to address this increase,” said Dalya Qualls, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

  • Firefighters busy over New Year’s

    Harriman firefighters had a bustling New Year’s Eve, starting with a fire at 425 Clinch St. at 8:46 a.m.
    “The police officer that found it said fire was already coming out of the top and one of those windows,” said Harriman Fire Department Chief Brad Goss.
    When firefighters arrived, fire was coming from the attic and top floor on two sides of the house. The cause of the fire is still undetermined. There was no power to the home.

  • Looseleaf Laureate by Terri Likens: An appreciation for an unwanted bird

    The other morning, I stepped out onto the carport into an unmistakable clatter.From above came whistles, chirps, clicks  and a generally collegial din. I knew what it was even before I stepped out from under the carport roof.
    Starlings.
    Lots of them.
    They were in my next-door neighbors’ trees and more were flocking to the trees across the street.
    If I had stuck around long enough to see, I’m sure a bunch would have filled the bare branches of my big maple.

  • Johnson takes helm at TVA

    TVA started the New Year this week with a new president and CEO and four new TVA board nominees being confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

    Bill Johnson, newly named president and CEO of the TVA, was welcomed Wednesday by agency employees to his first day on the job.

    Retiring CEO Tom Kilgore presented Johnson with the ceremonial keys to TVA as a symbol of the $11 billion agency’s transition to new leadership.

    In a message to TVA employees, Johnson said his initial focus will be to continue learning more about TVA, its business and its people.

  • Tennessee officials divided on fiscal cliff bill voting

    U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, whose district includes Roane County, voted against the deal legislators reached to stave off the fiscal cliff.

    “As I have long said, we have a spending problem, not a revenue problem,” the Republican said in a prepared statement. “The bill sent back to the House not only allowed taxes to increase but increased spending by $330 billion. It was simply something I could not support.”

    The fiscal cliff was a series of tax increases and spending cuts set to take effect this month.

  • Witness in Houston trial charged with kidnapping

    A high-profile witness in the Houston brothers murder trials is in serious trouble with the law himself.

    Tobey Truman Yates, 35, of Ten Mile, was charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault and simple possession on Dec. 28 after allegedly holding a woman captive for two days.

    Yates is scheduled to appear in court on the charges in February.

    The woman’s mother, Teresa Wiest, contacted authorities.

  • Berry completes Leadership program

    Roane County Commissioner Ron Berry was among 42 county and municipal government leaders who successfully completed the Local Government Leadership Program hosted by the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service’s Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership.
    UT faculty and private consultants led the three-day, invitation-only program that focused on personal leadership, stress management and ethics, and improving government effectiveness and efficiency.

  • Church to give away food

    From staff reports
    A tractor-trailer load of food will be distributed at Courts of Praise Church in Harriman starting 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4.
    Food will be given out to the needy until supplies run out.
    “They need a valid driver’s license or photo ID,” said Dwayne Linger, one of the coordinators of the food pantry at Courts of Praise.
    Linger said it would be appreciated if people could bring their own boxes and bags in which to carry supplies.

  • Alliance official’s DUI case delayed

    The drunk-driving case against Darrell Williams has been postponed again.
    Kingston police charged him with driving under the influence and violation of implied consent following a lunchtime crash on Sept. 17.
    Williams, 51, was the vice president of business development for The Roane Alliance at the time of his arrest, and he still holds that position.
    His court date in the case was set for Nov. 12, but got reset to Dec. 10.
    Williams’ attorney, Tom McFarland, reportedly had a conflict that day, so the case was rescheduled for March 4.

  • Roane’s bravest, finest of ’12 honored