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  • 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.

  • Traffic light at high school up for repair

    The traffic light at Harriman High School isn’t quite the problem it’s been in the past.

    Using parts of other traffic lights, Harriman Utility Board was able to get enough  spare parts to make the signal at Roane and Georgia streets easier to see.

    In the past, bright sunlight made it difficult for drivers to tell whether the fading traffic signal was red or green.

    City officials wanted to improve the signal, especially now that school is in session.

  • Commission honors former officials

    Former elected officials Frank Mee, Teresa Kirkham and Tom Hamby were recognized at the Sept. 10 Roane County Commission meeting.

    A resolution was read in each former official’s honor.

    “I’m humbled and honored very much, and I appreciate this commission’s vote that they’ve just given me,” Mee said.

    “I am honored and humbled, as well,” Kirkham said.

    Mee, according to the resolution, served 36 years as a school board member.

  • Chamber campaign kicks off

    Decked out in a Big Orange football tailgate theme, the Roane County Chamber of Commerce kicked off its 2012 membership drive on the morning of Sept. 11.

    By 1:30 p.m., the Chamber was well on its way to reaching its goal with 32 new signees.

    “Our goal is 50 for the month of September, and we might make it today,” said Darrell Williams, vice president of business development for The Roane Alliance.

    “Our membership has teamed up for this,” Williams said.

  • Alert issued for child taken by non-custodial mother

    The Roane County Sheriff's Office and TBI are seeking information on a missing child.

    According to a missing child poster on the TBI website, 3-year-old Frank Williams Qualls was last seen on Aug. 31 with his non-custodial mother, Amy Barber-McDonough. She failed to appear in court that day, according to the poster.

    “An attachment was issued to pick the child up,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said. “They went to Amy's house in Anderson County, and they had already left.”

  • TOPS at weight loss

    Ken Laswell and Nancy Barnard Martin share a common denominator in their constant battle to maintain a healthy body weight.
    Both are former truck drivers — a sedentary profession that often leads to obesity, diabetes and other health-related issues.

  • Protesting Y-12 nun attends hearing

    Fallout from the security breach at the Y-12 National Security Complex reached Capitol Hill on Wednesday.
    The House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations discussed the matter during a hearing titled “DOE’s Nuclear Weapons Complex: Challenges to Safety, Security and Taxpayer Stewardship.”
    “By all accounts, contractor and site managers’ failures at Y-12 allowed one of the most serious security breakdowns in the history of the weapons complex,” Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns, R-Florida, said.

  • Bank robbery suspect indicted

    The man suspected of robbing the Bank of America in Kingston has been indicted in federal court for allegedly robbing two banks in another state.
    A federal grand jury for the Southern District of Indiana returned a two-count indictment against Billy Joe Dugard last month.
    The indictment accuses him of robbing Scott County Bank in Scottsburg, Ind., on April 24 and a PNC Bank in Pekin, Ind., on April 30.
    He faces a maximum of 40 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

  • Harriman man charged with child rape

    A Harriman man is in custody at the Roane County Jail charged with rape of a child.
    John P. Little, 36, was taken into custody Sunday, Sept. 9.
    His bond is $75,000, and he has an initial court date of Sept. 24.
    Harriman Police records said the complaintant said her 9-year-old daughter had been sexually assaulted by Little.
    The family was referred to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Knoxville, for a forensic physical exam.