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  • Jill Biden to visit TTC in Harriman

    STAFF REPORTS
    Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, will join with U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis to make a stop in Harriman Thursday as part of a bus tour focusing industry partnerships with community colleges.
    The tour, called Community College to Career runs from Feb. 22-24 and include stops in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina.
    Biden and Solis will talk about Roane State Community College’s industry partnerships at an event at Tennessee Technology Center at 1:45 p.m. Thursday.

  • False-records contractor gets light sentence

    A Cleveland, Tenn., man was placed on probation for two years and ordered to serve 100 hours of community service for falsifying work records at the TVA’s Watts Bar Nuclear Plant.  
    John Delk, 40, pleaded guilty last November.
    A federal judge sentenced him on Feb. 16.  

  • Traffic stop leads to meth charge

    A 39-year-old man was charged with promotion of methamphetamine on Feb. 16.
    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office report, Shane Ellis Wyatt was a passenger in a car that was stopped on Hwy. 72 because the driver, Reggie Davidson, had an active warrant.
    “In Mr. Davidson’s vehicle I found a black bottle with a bag of white powder inside believed to be methamphetamine,” the report said.
    The report said the officer also found two small hoses, duct tape and a bottle of brake fluid.

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  • Rockwood dept. head on leave

    Rockwood Public Works Director Tom Pierce is on administrative leave without pay while city officials look into some credit card charges that auditors said warranted further investigation.

    Mayor James Watts said Pierce was placed on leave Friday after officials learned of the credit card charges in a preliminary meeting with auditors to work on completion of the 2011 fiscal year audit.

  • Attorney says school board has power to sell old buildings

    The Roane County Board of Education passed a resolution last year asking for the County Commission’s permission to sell the Walnut Hill Elementary School building and use the proceeds to make improvements at other facilities in the school system.

    According to school board attorney Charles Cagle, permission to sell the building is not needed. Based on that opinion, the board rescinded the resolution last Thursday and plans to move forward with the sell of Walnut Hill.   

  • Luke Brandon 1925-2012: Rockwood guitarist’s death silences a lifetime of music

    Rockwood native and celebrated musician Luther Brandon lived a lifetime filled with music.

    The 87-year-old musician, who mostly played guitar, died Wednesday in Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge.

    He’d spent his lifetime making music with entertainers from Archie Campbell to Vince Gill, often going on the road with the biggest names.

  • New ruling may affect Kingston sewer grant plans

    By Mike Gibson
    Kingston’s plans to use leftover grant funds from the Gallaher Road sewer project to fix other sewer line issues may have snagged due to policy changes, Kingston City Council members learned at the monthly February council session last
    week.