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  • Looseleaf Laureate: Now I remember why I got that bike

    Some of you have been asking me about the motorcycle I bought last fall.
    I rode it a bit over the winter — just enough to keep the battery charged and the carburetor from fouling.
    Now that spring has made its reluctant appearance, I’m logging more miles and remembering why it is I decided to purchase this rumbling roadster.

  • Odd behavior nets meth arrests

    Harriman police were dispatched to Walgreens recently on a report that several people had purchased medicines containing pseudoephedrine in close intervals.

    The call resulted in the arrest of a Wartburg man and woman.

    Jeffery Wayne England and Nicole Denise Eubanks are each charged with initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine.

    Pseudoephedrine is found in common cold and allergy medicines and is the main precursor to making meth.

    Harriman police said Eubanks was attempting to make a purchase when they arrived at the store.

  • Tax breaks for firefighters?

    Counties often use tax breaks to attract businesses.

    West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department Chief Charlie Redwine said he sees another use for tax breaks.

    “If we can do it for businesses, I don’t see why we can’t do it for volunteer firefighters,” he said.

    Roane County has five volunteer fire departments.

    Redwine said he believes offering property tax breaks would help with recruitment and retention of  volunteer firefighters.

  • Yager addresses Watts Bar shooting incident

    State Sen. Ken Yager  of Harriman said the recent exchange of gunfire by a security guard and unknown assailant at Watts Bar nuclear facility near Spring City shows the need for a law he sponsored in 2012 that allows security officers to carry firearms.  

    The new law gives security officers at Tennessee’s two Category 1 nuclear power plants, Watts Bar and Sequoyah, the authority to use deadly force to prevent an act of radioactive sabotage.

  • Tournament could be tourism home run

    Rockwood’s demographic will soon have a profound, although temporary, shift in late July.
    The town will soon be bustling with 7- and 8-year-olds and their families from Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
    Rockwood will be hosting the 2013 Dixie Youth AA baseball world series.
    “It is a huge deal for Rockwood,” said Rockwood Park and Recreation Director Jody Mioduski. “I need a lot of help; I need a lot of donations to pull this thing off.”
    He said it will be worth it.

  • Schools could cost you more

    Roane County Board of Education members wrestled again with the prospect of a tax increase to balance the proposed 2013-14 school budget last week.
    “We’re about $3 million short. Is that right?” Board member Sam Cox asked.
    “Yes,” schools business manager Eric Harbin responded.
    “What kind of tax-rate increase would that be?” Cox asked.
    “Twenty-six cents,” Harbin responded.

  • No easy path for Kingston greenway

    Even as the main installment of the Ladd Landing Greenway nears completion, other planned portions — including a fourth greenway and a parking lot expansion — have snagged on bureaucratic issues.
    Kingston City Manager Jim Pinkerton reported at a recent meeting that the project, comprising greenway sections A, B, and C in the city’s Ladd Landing development, should be finished in May.

  • Watch out for prison rip-off

     State officials are warning about a scam targeting families of inmates.
    “Several offender family members have reported receiving phone calls from someone claiming to represent the Comptroller’s Office and offering to help secure the release of inmates from prison,” Tennessee Department of Corrections officials said in a press release. “The caller instructs the family member to send two large sums of money through Western Union in order to secure the inmate’s release.”

  • Not your average model train

    A large model train constructed by late Oliver Springs resident Staples Cross recently made a long trip home from South Carolina

    What’s so special about it?

    “The mudflaps, everything, is made out of wood,” said Pat Crowe. Cross is believed to have spent 400 hours making the train.

    Dorothy Kelly, the wife of Cross’ nephew Billy Kelly, decided to donate the train to the Oliver Springs Historical Society upon her husband’s death.

  • Did you know

    ... that while Roane State is well-respected as our local community college, Roane County once had two other institutes of higher learning?
    In Harriman

    The first was in Harriman, where what we now know as the Temperance Building was used as the part of the American Temperance University.

    In 1898, its second year, the university enrolled 345 students from 20 states.

    Believe it or not, this school is in the college football record books.

    Trust us, it’s not a good thing.