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  • Wearin’ and eatin’ o’ the green


    Roane County Executive Ron Woody, right, dons a green tie and serves up sweet fare to guests such as Kingston Mayor Troy Beets during Woody’s annual St. Patrick’s Day reception Friday. The county executive had the annual event a couple of days early — St. Patrick’s Day was on Sunday.

  • OR man charged with child rape

    An Oak Ridge man was arrested for rape of a child by Kingston Police Department Wednesday.

    Christopher Blaine Luffman, 22, 829 W. Vanderbilt Drive, was in custody at the Roane County Jail late last week.

    Jail records show he has a $40,000 bond and court date of April 8.
    Most people don’t try to make up with a woman the way Warren Everett Dyer of Rockwood allegedly did on March 8.

    According to a warrant, Dyer beat her up after she told him more needed to be done to put their relationship on solid footing.

  • County native gets statue

    Now in his 90s, former Harriman resident Walter Douglas Smith helmed Francis Marion University from its first days as a state college.

    Recently, the Florence, S.C., school honored him with the unveiling of a statue on its campus.

    Smith was president from when the school opened with little more than 900 enrollees in 1970, until he retired in 1983.

    “I’m very pleased to have been a part, particularly to be there when the doors first opened in 1970. Today it is a very good campus,” Smith said.

  • One more blizzard story: Bringing home baby

    The 1993 blizzard was an important homecoming for one Roane County resident and his parents.

    At noon on the day it started to snow, Ray and Ann Stewart brought their new bundle of joy, Dalton, home from the hospital.

    “That night our power went out, leaving us with no heat or water,” Ann said. “We put our baby in his carrier and covered it with blankets and quilts.”

    The trio headed out into the blizzard at 1 a.m. in their four-wheel-drive truck and headed to the home of her parents, C.J. and Peggy Ragsdale.

  • Break-in turns rough in Harriman

    Two men in ski masks kicked in a door and roughed up the three occupants of a Harriman apartment early Wednesday.

    Ron Allen Arwood, 24, of Harriman, and Brady Alan Capps, 27, were charged with especially aggravated burglary and robbery, while a third, Joseph Franklin Capps III, 24, was charged with especially aggravated burglary, robbery and criminal impersonation.

    “They were looking for money,” Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said.

  • Checking things out

    A Tennessee Department of Transportation crew checks supports under the Interstate 40 bridge near the Midtown exit Wednesday.

  • Blizzard of ’93 left lasting legacy

    This week, on March 12, marked the 20th anniversary of one of the biggest weather events Roane Countians have ever witnessed.

    What they may not realize is the impacts of the Blizzard of 1993 are with them to this day.

    State Sen. Ken Yager, who spent more than two decades as Roane County’s executive, was in charge at the time. Yager, who had just started his third of six terms, remembers the event well.

    “We had heard days in advance — the perfect storm is about to come,” he said.

  • Annexation talks simmer

    When stirrings of Midtown annexation along Hwy. 70 renewed, it didn’t take long for Midtown business owners to once again let their feelings of disapproval be known.

    Recently, Harriman Councilman J.D. Sampson complained that area businesses, including some outside the city limits, have thrived as a result of investment Harriman has put into the Midtown corridor.

  • Parting shot: Oliver Springs' Christopher scores for the Lady Mocs

    Former Oliver Springs High School star Kayla Christopher (No. 3) celebrates following Chattanooga’s 64-63 victory over Davidson in the Southern Conference Tournament championship game Monday evening in Asheville, N.C.

    Christopher, a senior, scored 7 points, including the game-winning basket with 8.2 seconds remaining, to give the Lady Mocs the victory.

    The victory also gives Christopher and her Lady Moc teammates a berth in the NCAA Tournament that starts next weekend.

  • Legislative relief for ash-spill impacts?

    State Sen. Ken Yager and state Rep. Kent Calfee are sponsoring a bills in the General Assembly that would provide relief for delinquent taxpayers because of the TVA ash spill.

    “For tax years 2009 and 2010, requires the waiver of all delinquent tax penalties and the reduction of interest to a rate of 5 percent, for delinquent taxpayers who had real property damaged by a coal ash spill,” a summary of the bill states. “Requires eligible taxpayers to apply for such relief to the assessor of property.”