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  • Hurley supports Roane’s stand on Sunshine Law

    State Rep. Julia Hurley hasn’t always agreed with the Roane County Commission.
    However, the Lenoir City Republican said she supports the county solons when it comes to the Sunshine Law.
    “I think the way that it is right now is fair to the voters,” Hurley said. “I think it’s fair to the public.”

  • Conflict of interest reason Simon not reappointed to zoning commission

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    What looked to be a run-of-the-mill reappointment took a strange twist when Kingston Council failed to re-up Celia Simon for another five-year term on the Historic Zoning Commission on Dec. 13.

  • Annexation on Harriman officials mind

    Harriman officials disagree on whether to proceed with annexing the Emory Gap and Childs Memorial areas.
    Councilman J.D. Sampson, who has been pushing for annexation to grow the city and potentially its coffers, believes it’s plausible because both these two areas of the county are surrounded by the city limits already.
    “I make a motion now to put Emory Gap and Childs Memorial on notice. We’re turning it over to the planning commission to draw up a plan of service,” Sampson said.

  • REACH wraps up Christmas

    Aisles and check-out lines at Wal-Mart were packed Friday night, Dec. 9, and the next morning after kids and their familes shopped for Christmas with help from Operation REACH. Jessica Ross and Rodney Harback of Operation REACH help fill bags during the shopping extravaganza that Friday, as seen in the second photo. Families were given a budget of approximately $225 to fill carts with anything they wanted or needed, which included groceries as well. The first photo includes Wal-Mart employee Linda Cushman and REACH volunteer Carolyn Neeley helping bag items during the rush.

  • Rockwood Middle club makes a gleeful noise
  • Harriman may shift focus of grant efforts

    For years, Harriman Utility Board has gotten much of its desperately needed funds for sewer rehabilitation through Community Development Block Grants.

    Now the grant source may be changing its emphasis from infrastructure to other types of projects.

    That is what Harriman City Coordinator Bob Tidwell shared with the Harriman City Council recently.

    Brown Pearman Russell LLC, which, for a fee, helps communities secure grants, wants to work with Harriman, Tidwell added.

  • Break-in at Harriman church dampens holiday mood

    Parishioners at Trenton Street Baptist Church in Harriman were greeted by a disheartening sight when they opened the church’s doors Sunday morning.

    Someone had broken into the church through a window, then broke through a fiberglass pane in the door of the church office to gain entry and take items from inside.

    The church had been in the process of setting up a security system.

    “They took a security camera–digital recorder,” said Pastor Gene Nelson. “They got some cash — not a whole lot.”

  • Drinking incident discussed at commission

    Two former ambulance employees — one of them involved in an alleged drinking-on-duty incident — addressed the Roane County Commission during the public comment portion of Monday’s meeting.
    Robert Cooker resigned on Dec. 1.
    His resignation letter stated he left for health and other reasons.
    However, Cooker claimed he was forced out over an incident that involved alcohol.

  • Man dies in Lawnville car crash

    A 21-year-old Roane County man was killed in a car wreck Wednesday night. The accident happened at 2521 Lawnville Road at 10 p.m.
    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Heath L. Bailey of Harriman was traveling west in a Ford Mustang.
    “While negotiating a curve, the driver lost control and ran off the right shoulder of the roadway, striking a tree head-on,” the report on the accident said.
    Bailey was not wearing a seat belt.

  • Shopping or fire? Choice made easy

    The morning of Dec. 10 started in panic for Jane Ollis, but ended in joy.
    Ollis is the district supervisor for Rocky Top Markets. She is also the president of Operation REACH.
    Shortly before hundreds of REACH children and volunteers were set to show up at the Walmart in Rockwood, Ollis said she learned that a Rocky Top in Wartburg had caught on fire.
    The dilemma of trying to decide whether to go to REACH or the Rocky Top was overwhelming.
    Ollis said she contacted her boss, Rocky Top vice president Steve Poe.