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  • Roane gets TDEC grant for used oil

    STAFF REPORTS
    The state is giving out $189,550 in used motor oil collection grants.
    Of the 15 counties set to benefit from the funds, Roane County is receiving the second highest allotment at $24,600.
    According to a press release from the Tennesssee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennesseans who change their own motor oil produce more than 1 million gallons of used oil every year.
    If not properly disposed, the oil can have a negative impact on the environment. 

  • Duck, duck, goose
  • Parking lot slaying suspect gets lawyer

    Eric Glenn Gallaher has retained high-profile Knoxville attorney Bruce Poston in his reckless homicide case.
    Gallaher is accused of killing David Lee Harvey, 46, outside the Grill & Pub last July. He allegedly punched Harvey after a minor fender bender in the parking lot.
    “There is probable cause to believe ... Gallaher’s deliberate act of punching Harvey did cause his death,” court records state.

  • Loudon body not from Roane

    Human remains found in Loudon County last week are not connected to a Roane County cold case.
    Sheriff Jack Stockton was hopeful the remains belonged to Karen Beard, who hasn’t been seen since 1991.
    “It’s very disappointing,” he said. “I was hoping that would put an end to the case.”
    Stockton said authorities were able to determine the remains were not Beard’s through forensics.
    “The DNA didn’t match, and dental records didn’t match,” he said.   

  • Kingston tours city halls

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    Kingston is a justifiably proud city: It is eminently livable, soundly managed and blessed with a seemingly matchless combination of natural beauty and natural resources.
    But there’s one area where Kingston runs a distant second to many of its small-town counterparts — that is, when it comes to its aging, space-deficient city hall.

  • Ellis won’t run for state rep

    STAFF REPORTS
    Harriman resident and Roane County Commissioner Randy Ellis said Tuesday he toyed with a run for state representative, but it won’t be happening.
    Ellis was prodded to run after redistricting split Roane into two state representative districts.
    “Although it was very tempting to run for the Tennessee House of Representative for the 32nd District,” Ellis said, “after much prayer and consultation with my family I have decided I will not be running.”

  • Consumer group head to speak

    Consumer rights activist Mary Mancini, executive director of Tennessee Citizen Action, will speak Friday on the Tennessee legislative issues surrounding voter ID laws and their effect on your right to vote. Her program is open to the public and sponsored by the Roane County Democratic Party.
     It will be from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Roane County Park meeting center.

  • McKinney column moves

    Roane County News latest columnist. Josephine McKinney, is no stranger to writing.

    McKinney, 90, has been writing for about 50 years. Her “Round Rockwood” society column is being moved from the Rockwood Times to every Monday’s edition of the Roane County News.

    The newspapers Rockwood Times and the Harriman Record, which were combined into a single weekly about a year ago, are being discontinued. Most of the content is being moved into the Roane County News.

  • Yager seeks legislative pages

    State Sen. Ken Yager of Harriman is seeking local students to work as pages in the State Senate.  

    Page duties consist of anything from making copies, running errands, to distributing legislative information to members of the General Assembly.

    They report to the chief clerk of the House and Senate.

    “This is the best civics lesson I can imagine,” said Yager. “Student pages are right there with us on the Senate floor.

    They get a unique front-row view of the lawmaking process.”

  • Second phase of Gallaher project complete