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  • Shopping local helps the whole community

    Shopping in Roane County doesn’t just save gas money traveling to Knoxville. It also keeps sales tax revenue and potential jobs here.

    “We’ve got what we call a leakage report. This shows all the different retail and trade sectors here. They (companies) estimate I guess from past performance,” said Roane Alliance President and CEO Leslie Henderson.

    Those reports give officials an estimate of just how much is going outside the county.

  • Harriman Fire Department honored for helping Roane Sheriff’s Office

    Harriman Fire Department was honored for helping save the life of a suicidal woman.

    Sheriff Jack Stockton climbed the roof of a three-story building and was able to restrain her and get her down using Harriman’s ladder truck.

    Pictured are Ken Mynatt, Harriman Vice Mayor and Fire Commissioner; Harriman Fire Chief Brad Gross; firefighter Damian Miller; K-9 Deputy John Mayes; Stockton; Capt. Tim Hawn and Lt. Rick Baker.

  • Stiches close to the heart

    Hard work, dedication and pure enjoyment can be found stitched together within the Kingston Community Center Quilters club.

    Six local Kingston women meet twice a week in three hour blocks at the community center taking part in a dying art.

    “Not a lot of people hand quilt any more,” Diane Lepsig said, “but the bottom line is we have fun doing it together.”

    These friends have become more of a family sharing stories and lunches on a weekly bases.

  • Slip-sliding roadway reopens

    Rockwood’s Airport Road is now open again, but it may be rough going.
    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said it was important to get the road open this week before Thanksgiving, but warned that while it is navigable, the road is not paved yet.

    “Because of the weather, we weren’t able to do it,” Ferguson said.

    Rockwood Mayor James Watts announced the news at the Rockwood City Council meeting Monday, thanking Ferguson and the city’s street department, including superintendent Hugh Lee O’Dell.

  • BOWERS ELEMENTARY: Thanksgiving also provides food for soul
  • Kingston library has no-fine December

    December is fine-free month at Kingston Public Library.

    If you have an overdue book or two, but are worried about having to pay fines, now’s your chance at forgiveness.

    The library is making the transition to new Verso library operating software, so it is giving patrons a chance to return their overdue books, audiobooks and DVDs without reprimand or fine.

    Fine Free days are Dec. 1-31.

    Those who ignore their overdue status will no longer be allowed to check out any items.

    Library workers are available to answer questions about the fine status and the Verso software.

  • Richie loved Roane
  • Whaley reflects on first year

     

    Chris Whaley knew what he was getting into when he became Roane State Community College’s newest president.

    As a long-time employee and former student, he hit the ground running with an intricate understanding of the college’s inner workings. It didn’t hurt that his father, Lowell Whaley, was an accountant with the college from its start.

    “I cannot remember a time in my life where I didn’t have some association with Roane State,” Whaley said recently.

  • High speed chase renders charges

    A Powell man is accused of leading Oliver Springs police on a dangerous high speed chase.

    Larry Eugene Ward Jr. was arrested on Nov. 19, but the chase occurred on Nov. 2.

    According to an arrest warrant, Oliver Springs Police Sgt. Charlie Graham stopped a Chevrolet Cruze “for what appeared to be an unsecured load.”

    The car took off on Harriman Highway when Graham approached the driver’s side.

  • Wrestler Kane bringing views to Roane State

    You know him for his signature chokeslam.

    What you may not know is that WWE wrestler Kane is a political activist, an accomplished author, and a student of history, politics and economics.

    Glenn Jacobs, known as Kane in professional wrestling, will speak at Roane State Community College’s Oak Ridge campus on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m.

    Call it the Clash in the City Room or the Rumble at Roane State if you wish, but Jacobs will not be talking about half-nelsons.

    Instead, he’ll share his views on a variety of political issues.