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  • Schools closed Tuesday, Jan. 7

    Dut to winter weather, Roane County Schools will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 7.

    It will be second day frigid weather has forced schools to be closed.

  • NEW JOBS IN THE NEW YEAR

    ArcelorMittal is reopening its Harriman long-product finishing facility that closed in 2011.

    One of the world’s leading steel companies on Thursday announced its goal to be fully operational by April 2014, hiring 61 employees over the next two years.

    “Working hard to bring them back, we at The Roane Alliance are very happy of ArcelorMittal’s decision,” said Darrell Williams, The Roane Alliance’s vice president of business development.

  • DA wants Smoot back behind bars

    The District Attorney General’s Office sought to revoke accused killer Shawn Smoot’s bond because of a stalking allegation levied against him in Knox County.

    Assistant District Attorney General Bill Reedy said the motion he filed attempting to do so didn’t go anywhere.

    “We anticipated doing that, but when you have a witness who says I’m not interested in coming to testify, it’s a little hard to carry your burden of proof,” Reedy said Thursday.

  • Initial reports indicate allergic reaction killed Rockwood woman

    A Rockwood woman found dead outside her mother’s home appears to have died from an allergic reaction.

    Janice Pugh Tollett, 52, was found behind her mother’s home at 404 Tedder St. on Dec. 15.

    Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright said initial reports have indicated the allergic reaction, but it will be a few more weeks before a full autopsy, including toxicology reports, would be back.

  • Troubled tavern up for permit for the third time

    It costs $252 to apply for a beer permit in Roane County.

    Roma L. Christopher has now spent $756, and still doesn’t have a permit to show for it.

    The Roane County Beer Board wouldn’t even hear her application when she applied in June of last year.

    She tried again a month later, and the board voted 4-0 to turn her down.

    “We’re going to try one more time,” she said. “That’s the only thing I know to do.”

    Christopher is scheduled to appear before the board for a third time on Jan. 14.

  • EMBRACING THEIR INNER GEEK
  • Harriman steel mill reopening this spring

    ArcelorMittal is reopening its long product finishing facility in Harriman that closed in 2011.
    The world's leading steel company announced its goal to be fully operational by April 2014, hiring 61 employees over the next two years.
    “Working hard to bring them back, we at the Roane Alliance are very happy of Arcelor Mittal’s decision. It took teamwork to make this happen and I want to say thanks to all who were involved,” said Darrell Williams, Roane Alliance Vice President of Business Development.

  • A little ways back...

    J.C. Delk of Harriman found a piece of Roane County News history, thanks to his late half-brother, Sim Wright. Wright was a collector of sorts, Delk said. Wright’s daughter, Paula Gilmoore, kept everything and found an issue of the Roane County News from Oct. 19, 1961. It had a lead headline announcing, “Governor dedicated new bridge today; seven bands in parade,” and an ad for Harriman’s Men Shop adverting men’s suits priced up to $27.50.

    “Something in this made him save it,” Delk said, “I’m just not sure what.”

  • Navigating the year ahead

    Editor’s note: Several years ago, the Roane County News decided to abandon the annual practice of looking back on the top stories of the past year in favor of predicting the top stories of the coming year. We continue that tradition here.

    ROANE ALLIANCE LEADERSHIP

    Late last year, after a decade at the helm of The Roane Alliance, Leslie Henderson announced that she will retire this March as president and CEO.

    The position is critical to the three-prong agency, which includes the tourism bureau, the industrial board and the Chamber of Commerce.

  • Sanders’ gun pawn trial delayed

    The government claims to have video footage of Timothy Wayne Sanders pawning guns at a pawn shop.

    A convicted felon, Sanders is not allowed to possess firearms.

    The Rockwood man was indicted by a federal grand jury on Aug. 6, 2013, on two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

    His trial was scheduled to start next week at the federal courthouse in Knoxville, but the judge overseeing the case granted his attorney’s request for a continuance.

    The new trial date is set for April 15.