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  • It’s beginning to look a lot like ...

    Odds and ends scattered across a tabletop don’t look like they’d turn into much, but Jesse Rittenhouse recently proved he can take the most mismatched items and create something special.

    The owner of Adkisson’s Flowers and Gifts in Harriman was the Harriman Garden Club’s November guest speaker.

    To demonstrate his point, he used Christmas items brought in by club members to decorate a wreath.

    A red ribbon, angel tree topper, tiny wooden decorations, ball-shaped ornaments and many other items found their way into the wreath.

  • Legal custom prompts McCarroll uproar

    Lawyers drawing up orders for judges to sign is a common practice in the Roane County court system.

    “Sometimes the judge gets mad about something and he draws the order, but the general rule is lawyers always prepare the order and the judge signs them,” said longtime Harriman attorney Bill Newcomb.

    The practice created some controversy recently.

    In June, Roane County Circuit Court Judge Russell Simmons Jr. signed an order restoring the citizenship rights for convicted sex offender Richard Keith McCarroll.

  • Oh, deer! Bad time to be wandering around

     

    Deer season is in full swing in Tennessee, but this pair is apparently oblivious to hunters who might want to claim them as they meander in a South of the River field. They didn’t escape the eye of Roane County News photographer Kaitlin Keane, though. With her weapon of choice — a Nikon, in this case — she shot them in a safe manner that captures their beauty on a rural fall afternoon.

  • Chamber shopping spree kicks off Wednesday

    The Roane County Chamber of Commerce’s shopping spree kicks off Nov. 27, and Chamber officials are reminding consumers to shop at participating Chamber businesses to have a chance at winning $1,000 in cash prizes.

    The winning name(s) will be drawn at noon Dec. 17 at The Roane Alliance.

    The last day to enter the contest will be Dec.  15.

    “We love this program here at the Chamber,” said Chamber President Leslie Henderson.

  • State Capitol Christmas tree grown near Oliver Springs

    Reaching more than 50 feet skyward, a tall Norway spruce is making the trip from its Morgan County mountaintop near Oliver Springs to the big city.

    The spruce has been selected as the Tennessee State Christmas tree and will soon be decorated and on display at the State Capitol in Nashville.

    “The UT Institute of Agriculture is honored to provide the tree for the enjoyment of the state’s citizens during the 2013 holiday season,” said Martin Schubert, manager of UT’s Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center.

  • Russell hopes to improve DUI prosecution results

    DUI prosecutions could ramp up in the 9th Judicial District.

    The District Attorney General’s Office now has a DUI prosecutor and DUI coordinator, thanks to a federal highway/transportation safety grant.

    “It funds the prosecutor and coordinator positions and is renewable annually,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said. “The majority of Tennessee districts have them, and others have had them for years.”

  • Judge Simmons to retire in 2014

    Circuit Court Judge Russell E. Simmons Jr. announced he’s decided to retire after 23 years.

    “I want to thank the citizens of Loudon, Meigs, Morgan and Roane counties for the opportunity to serve as your Circuit Court Judge since Sept. 1, 1990. Since I now desire to pursue other interests and spend more time with my family, I do not intend to seek re-election in 2014,” Simmons announced in a statement this week.

  • ’TIS THE SEASON
  • Midtown business corridor proposal

    A request to rezone a significant stretch of land across from Roane County Park from agricultural to commercial was before the Roane County Planning Commission Wednesday.

    The zoning request was pushed off until next month’s planning commission meeting, Dec. 18.

  • Assessor wants to change office computer systems

    Appraisal information for Roane County properties can be found on the state’s real estate assessment data website.

    That could change in the future.

    Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan is planning to switch to a different computer system.

    “I foresee us being totally off the state system around March/April of this coming year,” he said.

    Morgan said he’s not happy with the state system.

    “It’s just old and archaic,” he said.