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  • Goss watched as NYC firefighters rescued, died

    Harriman Fire Department’s stations were somber places on Sept. 11, 2001.

    When firefighters weren’t on calls, they were at the fire hall watching horrific live television images that included firefighters like themselves.

    “All day long, other than answering calls, it was like operations at the fire hall just ceased,” Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss said. “Everyone was glued to the TV to see if anything else happened.”

  • 911 shock created homeland security priorities

    Howie Rose, director of the Roane County Office of Emergency Services, was off duty when the first plane hit the World Trade Center that fateful day 10 years ago.

    At the time, Rose was working full time at the ambulance service in Roane County, training for the position he’s now been at since 2002.

    “I had got off work that morning and come home,” Rose recalled. “I don’t  remember what I was doing, but I remember the TV was on and Tom Brokaw broke in ... and said a plane had hit the building.”

  • ‘Lame’ excuse ends with men charged

    A Roane County deputy didn’t buy the story two burglary suspects gave about scrapping a friend’s vehicles.
    Timothy Michael Chesser and Jaret Shonn Axell, both of Harriman, were charged with two counts of theft over $1,000 but less than $10,000 and burglary in the Aug. 27 incident.

    Chesser was also charged with public intoxication

    Bill Alexander, the owner of the stolen property, praised the Roane County Sheriff’s Office and Harriman Police Department during the Harriman City Council on Tuesday.

  • Hard to know on Roane credit changes

    Standard & Poor’s upgraded Roane County’s credit rating from A+ to AA– last year.

    Could a downgrade be in store after the agency lowered the U.S. credit rating?

    “It’s possible, because the federal decreased, and they may just lump everybody together,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “However, they really rate you when you have a new issue, and we’re not anticipating anything.”

    Citing political gridlock in Congress, S&P downgraged the U.S. credit rating from AAA to AA+ last month.

  • Hooray for Harriman

    Even after their mock wrestling match at Hooray for Harriman, Chris Hart, in orange mask, and Bryson Ellis, still make their best wrestling faces. The outdoor activities for the popular festival were canceled due to heavy rain Monday, but wrestling and music continued indoors. See more photographs in the slideshow section.

  • Statement by Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano

    “As we approach the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the safety and security of the American public remains our highest priority.

    “While threats remain, our nation is stronger than it was on 9/11; more prepared to confront evolving threats, and more resilient than ever before.

  • Rockwood ends days of free pilot lighting

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas customers won’t be able to get their pilots lit for free anymore.

    Last year, from Sept. 20 until Oct. 29, the utility inspected and lit pilot lights at no charge, but the board approved raising that to a $15 fee from Sept. 19 to Oct. 21 this year.

    The remaining pilot-lighting fees are the same as the previous year.
    They are $25 from Oct. 21 through Nov. 24 and $40 from Nov. 23 onward.

  • Roane man convicted in old Illinois murder

    STAFF REPORTS
    A former Roane County man was convicted in an Illinois murder case last week.
    Robert  “Bobby” Bostic was on trial for the 1982 murder of Carlton Richmond.

    According to the Chicago Tribune, it took a jury three hours to find Bostic guilty.
    It took nearly three decades just to arrest him.

  • Fundraising effort could help hungry in Roane

    Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee’s Space to Erase Hunger will make it easier for the agency to feed people in its 18-county region that includes Roane.

    Second Harvest is relocating to a bigger facility next July, and it is raising money to develop the newly acquired Knoxville building into a suitable food bank facility.

    Teri Lux, in charge of corporate relations for Second Harvest, said the agency still needs $1.5 million for freezers in the new facility.

  • Rockwood water tank a source of leaks

    Rockwood’s water loss continues to be a problem, despite the identification of at least one problematic source.

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas Manager Kim Ramsey told the board recently that her crews have determined that a water tank is behind a large percentage of their loss.

    Repairs of the Roane County Industrial Park tank, however, are taking longer than expected because the issue was more complicated than first believed.