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  • Rockwood speeder eyed for attempted murder in Hamilton

    A man stopped for speeding in Rockwood earlier this month was wanted for attempted first-degree murder in Hamilton County.

    According to an arrest report, James Christopher Armstrong was pulled over shortly before 6 a.m. on Sept. 17.

    The officer radioed dispatch to check his driving record and was informed that Armstrong, 39, was wanted.

    After two other officers arrived on scene, they approached Armstrong’s vehicle with guns drawn and ordered him out of the vehicle.

  • Crabtree appointed asst. fire chief in Rockwood

    Rockwood Fire Chief Mike Wertz once again has a second in command.

    Wertz announced at last week’s Rockwood City Council meeting Monday the appointment of firefighter Matt Crabtree as the new assistant chief.

    Crabtree officially assumed the role last Tuesday.

    “I think Matt will do a good job,” Wertz said.

    Crabtree had already made plans to meet with firefighters. The city plans to send him to additional schooling.

  • Budget may be finalized Tuesday

    Harriman officials may approve the city’s fiscal 2012 budget Tuesday.

    Behind the curve compared to surrounding communities, Harriman City Council didn’t pass first reading of the budget until this month.

    A public hearing and special-called meeting for second and final reading will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

    Harriman Treasurer Charles Kerley had more optimistic figures on the city’s unappropriated fund balance since the council last addressed it.

  • Four generations of Reeds committed to Boy Scouting

    In the depths of the Depression, Sam Reed wanted to join the Boy Scouts.

    Problem was, his family could not afford the dues of 5 cents a week, and he was forced to quit after a couple of weeks.

    That did not stop his desire to serve scouting later in life.

    He encouraged his oldest son, Charles to join the Cub Scouts through Harriman First Presbyterian Church in 1957. And when his youngest son, Gordon, became old enough, Sam started a Cub pack for him.

  • Old Glory waves for freedom in OS
  • Improvements at Hwy. 58 and Hwy. 70 intersection

     

    Sharon Smallwood of Mattern & Craig Inc. in Johnson City surveys Kingston property in front of the Roane County Courthouse early Thursday morning. Smallwood has been surveying the area all week for the Tennessee Department of Transportation, which is planning improvements at the intersection of Hwys. 58 and 70.
     

  • Harriman considers further push in Midtown, beyond

    Harriman officials are looking to the future — particularly when it comes to the Midtown retail corridor.
    Annexation was a topic at recent meetings, and the city’s work in Midtown continues to be important to Harriman City Council members.

    Harriman’s work to develop that area includes getting the interstate interchange there and supporting developers to encourage retail growth.

  • Blanks fired at turkey shoot proposal

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    It started with officials talking turkey; but in the end, no one gave a shoot.

    At this month’s Kingston City Council work session, Councilman Don White floated the idea of a turkey shoot — basically a target-shooting match with low-powered weapons and a turkey or ham as the prize — to raise money for Fort Southwest Point. He said he’d spoken to the park officials about holding the event there.

  • Kilgore takes stand

    Some TVA employees were uncomfortable with the word catastrophe being used to characterize the Dec. 22, 2008 ash spill.

    President/CEO Tom Kilgore wasn’t one of them.

    “I told them you shouldn’t not be using the word catastrophe,” he said. “I used it myself.”

    Kilgore, the man ultimately responsible for what goes on at TVA, took the witness stand Wednesday in the civil trial over the catastrophe.

    “The buck stops with you, right?” plaintiffs attorney Jeff Friedman asked.

  • HURLEY SPEAKS Part 2

    Seventy-seven miles in a 50 mph zone. That’s what State Trooper Teresa Brown ticketed state Rep. Julia Hurley for in January. The ticket was paid in February, but Hurley, who can be heard arguing with Brown in the video of the traffic stop, insists she wasn’t going that fast.