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  • 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.

  • Man jailed in stabbing incident

    A Rockwood man was still in jail last week on charges related to the Aug. 23 stabbing of another individual.
    Stephan Ameen Womack, 27, of 312 Furnace Ave., has a court date of Sept. 9 and is being held on a $25,000 bond.
    Rockwood Police Detective Dwayne Gray reported in his General Sessions Court affidavit of complaint that he responded to 824 Zumstein Drive on reports of a stabbed man.
    Johnathan Lawrence Elliot had been taken by EMS to University of Tennessee Medical Center for wounds to his arms and head, Gray reported.

  • Hooray for Harriman Labor Day festival tradition continues

    Hooray for Harriman’s Labor Day Festival is a tradition of family entertainment, and the same holds true as the festival kicks off
    at 10 a.m. today, Monday.
    “Hooray for Harriman is a true family friendly event,” said organizer Randy Ellis.
    “We have something for everyone,” he continued. “It’s a time for friends and family to come together and celebrate the love for our city.”

  • Prison scammer case continued

    A continuance was granted last week in the case of Rickey Kenneth Hubbard.
    He’s charged with 20 counts of criminal impersonation for a prison scam he allegedly perpetrated in Roane County in 2011.
    According to court records, Hubbard duped people into believing the Tennessee Department of Correction had contracted with Yates Construction Co. to build a prison in Swan Pond.
    Kingston police said people were interviewed, hired and believed work on the prison would start on Aug. 15, 2011.

  • Principal, a Boys Club alum, excited to kick off program

    Harriman Middle School Principal David Stevens is excited about the possibilities for his young charges as his school prepares to host the initial location of the Roane County Boys and Girls Club.
    “There is a dire need for middle school and high school for a program, an after-school program in which these kids can go to a safe place and they can learn from folks that have been involved with boys and girls many years that is not a school setting,” Stevens said.