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  • Santorum wins in Roane, TN

    He didn’t look like a frontrunner early on, but voters in Tennessee and other red states have shown they approve of the conservative values presidential candidate Rick Santorum has espoused.

    Santorum carried Tennessee, including Roane County voters, who gave him 1,876 votes compared to Mitt Romney with 1,564 and Newt Gingrich with 1,340 according to unofficial poll results.

    Roane County Republican Party Chairman Flo Charles attributed Santorum’s success to values that inspired many Tennesseans to vote for him.

  • From dentist’s chair to health career

    Roane Medical Center administrator Jim Gann has seen a lot of changes at the hospital, including the transfer to Covenant Health.

    He recently announced his retirement in May, but Gann still plans to have some part in the move into the state-of-the-art facility under construction in Midtown.

    “I’m not going anywhere,” said Gann, who is proud of what he’ll leave behind.

  • Woman arrested in statutory rape of 13-year-old boy

    Amanda Lynn Curry Grant, 28, was arrested in Evans Heights Sunday on four counts of statutory rape against a 13-year-old boy.

    According to a report by the Roane County Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services officials received a referral stating that Grant, of 109 Odd Fellows Cemetery Road in Rockwood, had been having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old boy.

    On Sunday, March 4, Grant’s mother led Officer Charlie Sisson to where Grant was known to be at the time, 170 Evans Heights.

  • Finishing touches
  • Dinner to benefit Humane Society

    The Humane Society of Roane County is holding a fundraising dinner on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, from 5-7 p.m. at the Kingston Community Center.

    The menu includes Irish stew, cornbread, desert and a drink.

    The cost for adults is $6,  while  it’s $3 for children 12 and under.

    Live music will be provided, and there will be door prizes and items for sale.

  • More clarity called for in county fire chief situation

    Roane County’s plan to make Howie Rose chief of the Roane County Fire Department has some volunteer firefighters asking questions.

    “We’re not sure how to answer them right now,” West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department Chief Charlie Redwine said.

    The Roane County Commission was set to vote on making Rose the fire chief on Feb. 13, but the volunteer firefighters’ objections led the board to postpone the matter for 60 days.

  • Man killed in single-car accident

    A man died in a car wreck at 4521 State Hwy. 61 near the intersection at Blair Road Friday evening.

    Coy L. Wright, 36, was traveling west when his 1997 Ford Mustang lost control and traveled into the eastbound lane.

    After going off the road, his vehicle rolled and stopped in a ditch on the eastbound side in between the railroad tracks and the road, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Joshua Thorne’s report.

  • Assessor candidate protest aimed at incumbent

    Property assessor candidate David Morgan stood outside the Roane County Courthouse on Feb. 28 with a sign asking people to honk if they hate high property taxes.

    Teresa Kirkham, the current property assessor, said that’s because he’s misinformed.

    “I don’t know what he’s trying to prove, because he’s misinforming the public if he’s trying to tell them he can set their property taxes,” Kirkham said. “He can’t.”

    Morgan is one four people running against Kirkham in the August election.

  • Schools ease lice rules

    Years ago, students with head lice were sent home.

    Times have changed.

    “We are no longer allowed to exclude them from school for an extended period,”  said Roane County Director of Schools Toni McGriff,.

    When a child is identified as having lice, Mc

    Griff said the policy is to contact the parent and ask them to come and get the child.

  • New credit card issued for training, travel by Harriman city employees

    Problems booking training and travel expenses were reasons given for approving Harriman Mayor Chris Mason to acquire a credit card through Regions Bank this month.

    Mason said city clerk Angie Skidmore had to pay for reservations for training of city employees recently.

    “She had to put it on her personal credit card. I don’t think it is right for Angie to have to do that,” Mason said.