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  • Citations over arrests reduces jail population

    The District Attorney General’s Office has been helping keep down the population at the Roane County Jail by issuing

    a directive to police officers that they can issue citations instead of making arrests for certain offenses.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson mentioned the directive at this month’s Roane County Sheriff’s Liaison Committee meeting.

    He said the offenses that could draw a citation instead of an arrest include driving on a suspended or revoked license, simple possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Undisclosed settlement made in bullying suit

    The Roane County Board of Education settled a federal lawsuit last year with a woman who claimed her son was bullied while attending Walnut Hill Elementary School in Harriman.

    Melissa L. Hunka filed the lawsuit in November 2011.

    Roane County government, all 10 members of the school board at that time, then director of schools Toni McGriff and former Walnut Hill principal Kevin Ayers were named as defendants.

  • Kingston man pleads on credit union heist

    Kingston resident Bryan Scott Samples pleaded guilty in federal court earlier this month to robbing the Y-12 Federal Credit Union on Clinton Hwy. in Knoxville on Jan. 23.

    He was remanded back to the custody of the U.S. Marshals pending sentencing, which is scheduled for July 8 before U.S. District Judge Pamela Reeves.

    Samples was originally scheduled to plead guilty on Feb. 18, but the hearing was postponed due to inclement weather.

    Samples walked into the Y-12 shortly before 5 p.m. on Jan. 23 and handed the teller a bank robbery demand note.

  • Stretch of Hwy. 27 to be repaved

    Tennessee Department of Transportation recently took out bids to pave Hwy. 27 from about 450 feet east of Hwy. 29 in Harriman to Dunn Street in Rockwood.

    The state awarded the contract to APAC-Atlantic, with a bid of $1.188 million.

    “Preconstruction conference has not been held yet so no word on when resurfacing will begin,” said TDOT spokesman Mark Nagi. The project has a due date on or before July 31.

    Harriman officials would like to see additional paving, including in Harriman’s downtown area.

  • ‘Start of a great wave’: 620 high-paying jobs

    A Toronto, Canada, company that leads the way in 3-D printing and advanced metals technology is moving its international headquarters — and eventually 620 jobs — to Roane County.

    “This is a good day. It’s a very good day,” said Gov. Bill Haslam as he made the announcement.

    CVMR is already in the process of moving into the building at 103 Palladium Way in the Horizon Center off Oak Ridge Turnpike.

  • Global headquarters moving to Roane with 620 high-paying jobs

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was at the Horizon Center Friday to announce the move of the global headquarters of CVMR, a high-tech manufacturing and research and development facility, bringing with it 620 high-paying jobs to the new Roane County facility.

    The first wave of jobs will be 200, many of them engineers and researchers, and then a high-end manufacturing facility there will eventually add more than 400 more jobs.

  • Kingston library director hired

    By TERRI LIKENS

    tlikens@roanecounty.com

    Kingston’s Public Library is starting a new chapter.

    A South Carolina man is taking the library director’s job, ending a months-long spell with no one at the helm.

    Steve Parrott, formerly over collection development of the Kershaw County Library System near Columbia, S.C., accepted the job after the board made him an offer last week.

    He replaces longtime former director Steve Jacks, who was quietly let go by the library board last fall.

  • Local police part of probe in major pain clinic conspiracy

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Both the Roane County Sheriff’s Office and Harriman investigators were part of an FBI task force that contributed to the arrest of a Knoxville woman accused of conspiring with other pain clinic operators and others to distribute oxycodone.

    According to a news release from U.S. Attorney William C. Killian of Eastern District of Tennessee, a federal grand jury in Knoxville returned indictments on multiple individuals, including Sylvia Hofstetter, 51, of Knoxville.

  • Groups ask state to deny permit renewals for Justice coal mines

    A coalition of Tennessee citizens groups is urging the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation not to reauthorize Clean Water Act permits that a rogue coal mine operator let expire for 10 coal facilities.

  • Harrriman focusing on fun

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Harriman officials are looking at expanding recreation opportunities along the Emory River, including possibly developing a new park off Fiske Road

    City Manager Kevin Helms suggested that city councils don’t just guess at what residents want.

    “I think there needs to be a program to solicit community input,” Helms said. “What do people want?”