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  • Cox takes role as new school board chair

    The Roane County Board of Education has selected Sam Cox as its new chairman.

    Rob Jago was elected vice chairman at the board meeting late last month.

    “I appreciate the confidence the board showed by electing me the chairman,” Cox said. “I don’t know if I’m going to be able to withstand the pressure like some of the other boys have, but I’ll do the best I can.”

    Cox, who represents the Oliver Springs/Dyllis area, will serve as chairman through September of next year.

  • TVA sponsors second forum on utilities, environment

    Many of the country’s leading electric utilities participated in the second annual Environmental Forum on managing their environmental footprint and improving environmental operations.

    The Utility Environmental Benchmarking Forum,, spearheaded by TVA, was in Nashville on Sept. 27-29.
    It drew participants from throughout the United States and Canada.

    Utility representatives shared their experiences since last year’s inaugural session in Chattanooga, discussed ways to measure that progress and ideas about best-in-class environmental activities.

  • Coats for Cold collection begins

    The cooler temperatures of the last few days are a sure sign that fall is here.

    That means Dennis Ferguson is worrying about how to keep folks warm, and he plans start collecting outerwear this week for the 17th annual Coats for the Cold campaign.

  • Bar death case postponed until Jan.

    The court case for the man accused of killing another man outside the Grill & Pub on Hwy. 61 was continued on Monday.

     The case against Eric Gallaher, 31, of Harriman, has been reset for Jan. 23, 2012, in Roane County General Sessions Court. Galllaher is accused of reckless homicide in the July 23 death of David Harvey.

    District Attorney Russell Johnson said Gallaher’s hearing was continued because he didn’t have an attorney and because officials are still awaiting the final autopsy.

  • Is Brushy Mountain the answer to jail overcrowding?

    Can an old state prison be the solution to jail overcrowding for some East Tennessee counties?

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said he explored the idea with other sheriffs.

    “We went to the old Brushy Mountain site at the request of Morgan County Sheriff (Glen) Freytag to look at the facility to see if it could be utilized in the future for possible overcrowding issues for Scott, Roane and Morgan,” Stockton said. “We went through the whole penitentiary and looked at the pros and cons.”

  • TVA lawyer grills expert in trial

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    A TVA attorney worked doggedly to undermine the credibility of the other side’s expert witness during a grueling all-day cross examination Monday.

    The results of his efforts were  mixed on Monday at the TVA ash spill trial.
    TVA lawyer Mark Anstoetter grilled civil engineer Dan Marks for the entire session.

  • Firefighters sport pink for good cause

    Harriman firefighters face life-threatening situations regularly.
    They certainly aren’t afraid of a little pink.

    The city’s fire department now has candy-pink T-shirts sporting the message “firefighters for a cure.”

    October is breast cancer awareness month.

  • See, hear the shows at Roane’s band festival

  • The Dirty Dozen: Roane State’s first leaders get kudos at college’s 40th anniversary kickoff

    When state and local leaders founded Roane State Community College 40 years ago, no one could have predicted that it would grow as it has.

    The school celebrated its past and its achievements last week at a reception following a documentary of the college’s early years.

    The college kicked off the anniversary observance Friday morning with the premiere of “40 Years of Class,” by award-winning filmmaker Keith McDaniel, a Roane State alumnus.

  • Presidential hopeful Cain heading here

    Presidential candidate Herman Cain is taking his growing popularity on the road — and one of his scheduled stops is in Roane County.

    The Roane County Tea Party is hosting the Republican at Roane State Community College student lounge, where Cain will be speaking on Saturday, Oct. 15. A buffet lunch begins at 11:30 a.m.