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  • Hurley’s dog ejected from courthouse

    Dogs aren’t allowed in the Roane County Courthouse unless they are assisting a disabled person.
    State Rep. Julia Hurley found that out recently when she brought her pedigreed Chinese crested into the building.
    It’s a tiny, mostly hairless breed with a long, lion-like mane.
    “It kind of caught me off guard to see a dog walking in the middle of the courthouse,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.
    Woody responded by asking security to remove the dog.
    That didn’t sit well with Hurley.

  • Preservation committee seeks new direction

    With grant opportunities scarce, the Temperance Building committee in Harriman is thinking of a new approach for funding preservation efforts.
    The committee is going to turn into a nonprofit to seek private money, said Mike Demyanovich.
    The Temperance Building held the first offices of the East Tennessee Land Co., which was responsible for land sales in the city’s birth as a Prohibition-era utopia. It later became the home of the American Temperance University.
    Demyanovich said the needed work at the Temperance Building would cost about $1.5 million.

  • Middle-schoolers get taste of college at Roane State

    Eighth-graders got a taste of what it’s like to be a college student during a daylong visit to Roane State Community College’s Oak Ridge campus.
    The “College Student for a Day” event on March 7 involved 70 students.
    They participated in an orientation session, class rotations and a variety of hands-on activities that highlighted college programs.

  • Rockwood rounds up narcotics suspects

    A grand jury recently indicted eight people on sale and delivery of Schedule II narcotics.
    So far, six of those suspects have been taken into custody according to Rockwood Police Investigator Josh Rymer.
    Rymer said the majority of the cases involved the sale of Oxycodone.

  • All you need is Pi
  • Working on the railroad
  • Riding the fence rails at the rodeo
  • Volkswagen digs Roane

    March 13 was Super Tuesday for Roane County’s economic development organization, but the fervor had nothing to do with politics.
    It was about Volkswagen’s decision to build a $40 million, 400,000-square-foot warehouse-distribution center at Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

  • Harriman United Methodist’s Lenten luncheon

     

    Edna McNamer and Betty Davidson fill their plates at Harriman United Methodist’s Lenten luncheon last week. The church offers weekly services during the Lenten season, and lunch is served afterward. The Rev. Jeff Jenkins preached during the service. West Hills Presbyterian Church provided the music, and Trenton Street Baptist Church provided the meal.
     

  • Dodd gets time in child rape

    A man accused of raping a 4-year-old won’t go to trial, but he could be in the Tennessee Department of Correction’s custody for up to six years.

    David Dodd, 42, was indicted in October 2008 on one count of rape of a child but agreed to a lesser plea of attempted aggravated sexual battery last week.

    The recommended punishment written on the plea agreement is six years in prison, with Dodd reporting to custody on April 9.