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  • Safeguards in place on court collections

    One of the components of Circuit Court Clerk Kim Nelson’s program to recover unpaid fines and court costs includes the collections agency Solutia.
    The agency once had its contract with the county suspended because officials said they found out it was trying to collect from people who didn’t owe money.
    Nelson, who wasn’t in office at the time, said she heard from people who were wrongly targeted and has put in place measures to keep that from happening.

  • Getting into the Thanksgiving spirit
  • NAACP head appeals for girl in fracas at Harriman

    Roane County NAACP President Joe Eskridge pleaded with the Roane County Board of Education on behalf of Courtney Thomas last Thursday.

    Thomas, 17, was kicked out of Harriman High School after incident with principal Scott Calahan.  

    “I would like for this Board of Education to look into this situation and see if we can’t do something to get this girl back in school,” Eskridge said.

  • Henry bringing meet-and-greet to home turf

    Commissioner Jim Henry of the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and his lead team of administrators will hold a meet-and-greet session with community providers from across East Tennessee at the Michael Dunn Center in Kingston on Tuesday.

    The session is sponsored by Tennessee Community Organizations, a statewide association of mental health providers that treats people with disabilities.

  • Art goes on for the Rockwood Three: Best friends devote talent to the church

    Rockwood’s Fran Scandlyn Henley and Kay Lamb have been blending painting and friendship for more than 50 years.

    “She and I are best friends,” Henley said. “And we painted together all these years, since the early ’50s. And we have never, never been mad at each other. Now that’s pretty good.”

    Something else that’s pretty good is their artwork. The two, along with Henley’s niece, Anne Powers, are helping raise funds for Rockwood Christian Church by selling notecards that feature their works.

  • Accused murderer back in Roane

    Despite his life sentence on federal drug charges, local authorities are still planning to put Ralph O’Neal on trial for a murder that happened in Roane County.

    O’Neal, 36, was recently moved from a federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., to the Roane County Jail.  

    “We went to federal prison up in Indiana and picked him up,” Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said.

  • Church looks to move to old Kroger

    When Kroger moved to Midtown, it left a large vacant building in Rockwood and took with it the drawing power to the shopping center.

    No problem.

    A church that has outgrown its current location across from Riverfront Park in Harriman thinks that’s the ideal place to house its worship services.

    In fact, Nick Hill, pastor of Courts of Praise Church, wishes to not only purchase the Kroger building for church activities; he also wants to lease and rent the remainder for commercial use.

  • Operation REACH hopes support still will be there

    Organizers for Operation REACH said they are far from making their fundraising goal, but they are still optimistic it can be achieved with three weeks to go.  

    “The community of Roane County has always come through for us,” REACH president Jane Ollis said. “This year, they might be just a little bit slow or not thinking REACH is here on us right now. Sometimes it creeps up on us faster than we think.”

    REACH, an acronym for Roane Enriches Another Child’s Holiday, is in its 36th year.

  • Griffith belts one for Vols

    Dianne Griffith has entertained with her powerful pipes before.

    It wasn’t until recently that she sang for a crowd at Thompson Bolling Arena in Knoxville, however.

    Griffith, who performs with the Roane County Choral Society and the Knoxville Opera Company, sang The Star-Spangled Banner on Nov. 8, when the University of Tennessee’s Lady Vols soundly defeated Union University in exhibition play.

    More than 11,000 fans were in the stands.

  • County officials pass ambulance rate increase

    Roane County commissioners Bobby Collier and Nick Forrester represent the same district.

    Forrester said constituents flooded him with calls urging him to oppose a rate increase for ambulance service.
    Collier, on the other hand, said he didn’t receive any such calls.

    The contrast may have explained their votes.

    Saying he thought the rate increase made good business sense, Collier voted in favor of the rate increase, which passed by a 10-5 vote at Monday’s commission meeting.