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  • ‘Rare’ exhibit treat for art lovers

    Local art enthusiasts had a chance to view the work of African American artist Harold Winslow during an exhibit hosted Aug. 31-Sept. 10 by the main campus of Roane State Community College.
    A sampling of Winslow’s works were on display in both the O’Brien Art Gallery and the lobby of Roane State’s Library.
    “It’s rare that we get an exhibit on the retrospective on an established artist,” said Bryan Wilkerson, associate professor of art at Roane State Community College.

  • Man’s death appears to be accidental

    The death of a 50-year-old man on Monday may have been the result of a gun-cleaning accident.
    “It appeared that he was cleaning his shotgun and shot himself in the chest,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.
    The incident happened at 810 Dogwood Valley Road in East Roane County.
    Sheriff’s Deputy Greg Russell responded and reported finding Ronnie Jaynes in the basement laying on the floor with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the chest.

  • Kingston explores solar energy

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    Mayor Troy Beets has a vision for Kingston to enter the farming business, but it won’t require any gardening tools or a green thumb.
    At a recent meeting of the Tennessee Renewable Energy and Economic Development Council in Cookeville — Beets is on the council’s board — members heard a presentation from a company that builds solar farms, or clusters of electricity-producing solar farms, on public lands or on building tops.

  • Rockwood utility truck hit by car

    A Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas truck and a car were involved in a Friday morning accident on Wheeler Street not far from the utilities’ warehouse on Church Street.

    The front driver’s side of the Buick and a toolbox on the utility vehicle were damaged.

    Trooper Gary Snow said the fault was the driver of the Buick, Jimmy Charles Sexton Sr., who was traveling east on East Wheeler Street. The truck was traveling west on Wheeler Street toward Gateway Avenue.

  • New finance officer for city

    Rockwood City Council recently approved the hiring of a new finance officer.

    Belinda Puckett has 25 years of hands-on experience in financing, starting with banking after graduating high school and seven years with Spring City, where she lives.

    Until working for Spring City, she spent the rest of her career in Roane County.

    “I am very excited to be with the city of Rockwood and will work hard to be an asset that will help the city be successful financially,” Puckett said.

  • ‘Good neighbor’ gets wedged under house

    It took a bit of work to get a former Harriman City Councilman out of a tight spot underneath a Harriman residence.

    Johnny “Sambo” Plemons was at 102 Vann Drive to turn on the pilot light for a relative, something he was known to do for neighbors in his community.

    He reportedly slipped, fell and became wedged under the home.

    Michael Galyon was trimming weeds when Harriman Fire Department and Rescue Squad vehicles started to arrive. He said Plemons, who lives nearby, is always helping people around their homes.

  • Church knife attack stopped: Woman chases pastor’s wife

    No one was injured in a knife-wielding incident in a Harriman church last week in which the pas-tor’s wife was chased in the sanctuary.

    A bystander at Potter’s House Fellowship was able to wrest the knife away from the suspect, Gina K. Mueller.

    Mueller, of 918 Rosedale Ave., Kingston, was taken into custody by Harriman Police Department officers after the incident at 10:31 p.m. Sept. 5.

    She is charged with aggravated assault and possession of a prohibited weapon.

  • Bright digs for a dark problem

    It’s hard to believe that a place so bright and inviting would be on the front lines of child sexual and physical abuse, but that’s the case for the Kids First Child Advocacy Center in Loudon County.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said when there’s an allegation of abuse in the Ninth Judicial District, which includes Roane, Loudon, Meigs and Morgan counties, the child is taken to the center for a forensic interview as part of the investigation.  

  • Turf experts put Emory course back in the green

    A group from South Carolina was in Harriman last week putting the finishing touches on the new grass on the greens at Emory Golf Course.

    Harriman City Council recently approved a $32,250 quote from Modern Turf Care, Rembert, S.C.

    Sprinklers cascaded down onto the new mini verde Bermuda grass turf that was laid down while the staff of Modern Turf Care finished laying the sod at another green.

  • From banks to snakes? Lots to peruse at Midway career fair

    Ashley Howell knew what career path she wanted to pursue.

    Thanks to a career fair Thursday morning at Midway High School, the senior now has a technical school to attend when she graduates next spring.

    Howell was one of 285 students who participated in the career fair, the first of its kind at Midway in seven years.

    “I wanted to go to school for accounting, and my mom said I needed to go work for a bank afterward,” Howell said.