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  • Imagination Library helps whole community

    Imagination Library has delivered hundreds of thousands of books to children from birth to age 5 — a span critical in children’s learning.
    Tennessee’s Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation is dedicated to the partnership with Imagination Library.
    Theresa Carl, who is the newest president of Books from Birth, made a presentation recently at the Harriman Rotary Club. She shared how important it is to start working with children early.

  • Rockwood hopes for more TVA money

    Rockwood is looking at what it can do with more than $600,000 officials believe will be coming from the TVA Foundation.
    “If we can get together on some project I’ll be glad to pass it on to TVA,” Mayor James Watts said recently.
    Watts said Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas officials have asked a portion of that money come to them for projects like inflow and infiltration in lines.

  • Serious need for school supplies

    Donations are down two-thirds this year to the Roane County Teachers Supply Closet, which provides educators with items for the classroom.
    That has Allen Lutz, education and workforce development specialist for The Roane Alliance, sounding the alarm.
    Lutz hopes to make up ground between now and Wednesday, Sept. 26, when teachers from all across the county are invited to Roane State Community College for a one-day free shopping event.

  • Artists find help in church

    Amateur artists of all ages are creating masterpieces as part of an unique ministry at Bethel Presbyterian Church in Kingston.
    The church hosts an art club for adults each Monday from 10 a.m. to noon and from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
    Then, on Wednesday afternoons, a class for children meets from 4-6 p.m. at the church.
    Both groups utilize many of the same media for their projects.

  • Former firefighter’s home goes up in flames

    A single-wide trailer was consumed by flames late Friday, Sept. 14.
    “It was pretty much a total loss,” said Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss of the fire at 121 Isham Lane, which is off Swan Pond Road.
    The home belonged to former Harriman firefighter Chris Peddicord.
    Goss said nobody was home at the time of the fire, and the fire went unnoticed because the home sat down a long driveway out of view.
    “When we got there it was actually almost 100-percent involved,” Goss said.

  • Roane Alliance official gets DUI

    Darrell Williams, vice president of business development for The Roane Alliance, was arrested for driving under the influence around lunchtime Monday.
    Williams was also charged with violation of implied consent for refusing to take a blood-alcohol test.
    When contacted, Williams said he had no comment about his arrest.
    Leslie Henderson, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance, also declined comment.
    Kingston police responded to a wreck on North Kentucky Street near McDonald’s.

  • New assessor defends firing

    Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan got fired from a job in the private sector over what he said in a deposition was deemed an sexually explicit email.
    Morgan is suing the Villages of Center Farm L.P., claiming it is responsible for an ankle injury he suffered in March of 2006.
    He was deposed by Villages of Center Farm attorney David Hill in May.   
    In the deposition, Morgan said he worked for Exedy America Corp. from January to November of 2006.
    “Why did you leave Exedy?” Hill asked Morgan.

  • Castillo's Got Talent: Former Roane County man finishes fifth on NBC show

    Former Roane County resident Joe Castillo made it all the way to the finals Thursday on NBC’s popular show, “America’s Got Talent.”

    But the sand artist’s run for $1 million against five other finalists ended with a fifth-place finish in the talent-show competition.

    “It was wonderful,” the beret-clad bearded sand artist known as “Beret Joe” told judges Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne and Howard Stern when they announced his departure.

  • Busted pill ring said to source Roane

    The sources for a Roane County pill ring have been charged in a 66-count federal indictment, which was unsealed on Sept. 11.

    According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Faith Blake of Houston, Barbara Lang of Rossville, Ga., Charles Reed Larmore of Chattanooga and Dr. Jerome Arnold Sherard of Hixson conspired to illegally distribute oxycodone, methadone, morphine, Vicodin and Xanax.  

    “They are also charged with maintaining drug-involved premises (pain clinics),” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release.

  • Harriman cautious in Midtown expansion

    Harriman officials keep eyeing prime real estate along Hwy. 70 in Midtown but are treading carefully before committing to an annexation referendum.

    Mayor Chris Mason reminded the Harriman City Council in recent weeks that losing a referendum would have repercussions.

    “We also jump the gun and lose this election, we’re out two years, anyway,” Mason said recently.