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  • Looseleaf Laureate: Presidential coverage you don’t read about

    Last month, I read with interest the Chattanooga Times Free Press coverage of President Obama’s visit to their city.
    Nearly two decades ago, when I lived and worked in Chicago, I covered presidential visits as a member of The Associated Press news bureau. Me and my ilk from other Chicago news outlets often sat through presidential dinners, unfed at side tables. Meanwhile, the Washington press corps — the ones who traveled with the president — were in the center of things and eating pretty well, too.

  • Kids Cafe program saved by community

    When Second Harvest decided to end its funding to the Kids Cafe program, that could have been the end for the community outreach to the youth at Rockwood Housing Authority.
    However, an anonymous donation cemented the funding for the coming year.
    Now RHA employee Jennifer Watson said the donations and volunteers are in place in the community to continue the program.
    “We are going to be just fine,” she said.
    Watson said community members organized a drive that sparked a lot of donations.

  • Police pull unruly man from stands in Harriman

    A Harriman man was arrested for disorderly conduct in the visitors stands at Harriman High School last Friday.

    Harriman police received reports a man was yelling profanities and threatening a woman.

    Albert Kelly Sargent, 46, refused police requests to go to the bottom of the bleachers, shaking his head, according to police reports.

    Police said after they went up to get him, he started complaining and denied doing anything wrong.

  • Austin Peay rocks with Roane County High

    Austin Peay State University’s band sat in the visitors stands Friday at Roane County High School, but band members made it clear they supported their host school.

    Austin Peay band members, including former Roane County High student Shelley Starkey, cheered loudly for the Kingston Yellow Jackets, who fell to Grace Christian.
    “It is really exciting,” she said. “I feel kind of famous. Everybody keeps saying, ‘Hey Shelley, how have you been?’”

  • VW seeks 10, more to come

    Officials hope the 10 warehouse workers Volkswagen plans to hire in the coming weeks is a sign of things to come.
    “We anticipate them hiring more over time,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “I know initially they’re just going to hire a few, but we hope they’ll ramp up to 40 to 60 employees over the next 12 to 18 months.”

  • Rocky Houston case motion allowed

    U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. will allow Rocky Houston’s lawyer to “late file” a motion that requests the indictment in the case be dismissed.
    Houston is charged with 14 counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. The deadline to file motions in the case was Feb. 27.
    Defense attorney Michael P. McGovern didn’t start representing Houston until July 31. He filed the motion on Aug. 21 asking that the indictment be thrown out.

  • Roane Medical Center fined by TDEC

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation fined Roane Medical Center $500 late last month.
    Officials said the hospital committed two violations: failing to obtain a construction permit prior to constructing an air contaminant source and failing to obtain an operating permit prior to its operation.
    TDEC officials discovered the violations when reviewing Roane Medical’s application for two natural gas-fired boilers.
    Roane Medical can resolve the matter without appeal by paying a reduced penalty of $375.

  • United Way goal $400,000

    FROM STAFF REPORTS
    Roane County United Way held its 2014 campaign kickoff celebration on Aug. 22.
    The event was hosted by the Michael Dunn Center.
     Kid’s Café volunteers provided breakfast. 
    Attendees included representatives from numerous United Way community partners and donor organization campaign staff. 
    United Way Executive Director Amy Harmon announced that the 2014campaign goal is $400,000.

  • More burglary charges possible

    An Oliver Springs man who was arrested for an alleged vehicle burglary on Aug. 25 could face more charges in the future.
    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office report, Deputy Billy Walker responded to 1601 Old Harriman Hwy. to investigate an alleged theft.
    The alleged victim, Andrew Sharp, said he saw a male in a black, hooded sweatshirt walking down his driveway.
    Sharp also reported that $10 in change was missing from the ash tray in his vehicle.

  • Grill and Pub application not on beer board’s agenda

    The Roane County Beer Board will consider three applications at its Sept. 10 meeting.
    One is for 2520 Roane State Hwy., Harriman.
    Claudia Norman was the previous beer permit holder at that location. Beer board secretary Bobbie Tipton said Norman passed away last month.
    Joyce Camille Fulsom is looking to operate from that location under the name D&J’s.
    Lehigh Gas-Ohio LLC is seeking a permit for two Rocky Top Market locations.
    One is at 104 Bluff Road, Kingston. The other is 2722 Roane State Hwy., Harriman.