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  • State questions county budget

    The state has concerns about Roane County’s budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year. Sandra Thompson, director of the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury’s Office of State and Local Finance, outlined the worries in a letter to Roane County Executive Ron Woody on Nov. 24.

    “The county’s fiscal year 2015 budget projects the Ambulance Service Fund, County Road Fund and General Purpose School Fund to close the year with fund balances that cover less than one month’s average expenditures,” Thompson wrote.

  • City Hall cameras help catch thief

    Rockwood police arrested a man earlier this month for allegedly breaking into city hall.

    They also took note of his persistence.

    Suspect Dustin Scarborough, 32, is charged with vandalism, theft and aggravated burglary.

    According to the arrest warrant, police were dispatched to city hall on Jan. 3 about a window that had been pried open.

  • Harriman lawyer loses license

    The Tennessee Supreme Court has disbarred Harriman attorney Kent Booher.

    The Board of Professional Responsibility, which oversees the conduct of attorneys for the court, announced the punishment last week.

    In September, Booher pleaded guilty to two counts of statutory rape in Loudon County Criminal Court. He was suspended by the Supreme Court on Oct. 7.

  • Kingston aims for ‘Christmas every day’

    Kingston’s Public Works made Christmas a little merrier this year.

    The city department gathered bicycles from the community, including a donation from the Harriman Police Department, and dispensed them to area children in need.

    They gave out more than 60 bicycles.

  • Truck driver dies in accident

    Timothy W. Seaman, a 49-year-old Rock Island, Tenn., man, was killed in a tractor-trailer wreck on Harriman Highway Friday afternoon.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Seaman was hauling wooden posts, and his 2006 Freightliner was the only vehicle involved in the wreck.

    A woman called 911 to report the accident at 12:16 p.m. Trooper Anthony Lay investigated the crash for the THP.

    According to the report, Seaman was traveling north on Harriman Highway when he ran off the road and struck a utility pole.

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  • Williams no longer at Roane Alliance

    Darrell Williams posted on his Facebook page last week that he was fired from his job at The Roane Alliance.

    A phone call to a number listed in his name went unanswered.

    “He’s no longer employed at The Roane Alliance,” Alliance President and CEO Wade Creswell said of Williams.

    Creswell declined to further comment.

    “We can’t comment on human resource issues,” he said.

    Williams spent nearly five years with The Alliance, which is the county’s economic development organization.

  • County behind board on TVA permit altering

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody has been directed by Roane County Commission to write a letter to the state expressing the Commission’s support of the county’s Environmental Review Board’s position on TVA’s permit modification.

    TVA is seeking the modification to store dry fly ash at its landfill at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

    The landfill currently takes dry gypsum.

  • Harriman fire chief grateful for community support

    People come together during tragedy, and Harriman has seen firsthand how true that is this month.

    An emotional Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss expressed a lot of gratitude for the reaction the city received when a fire destroyed the Miller & Brewer department store building on Jan. 8.

    “Just the way people came together … I was born across the river, and I am proud to be part of Harriman,” Goss said tearfully.

  • Kingdom Heirs sing for fire dept. benefit