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  • Ex-Rhea officer arrested in Roane

    A Rockwood woman has been charged with six counts of TennCare fraud in Rhea County.

    According to the Tennessee Office of the Inspector General, Amanda C. Roberts was filling prescriptions and using her son’s TennCare benefits to pay for it.

    Roberts is accused of obtaining the drug Adderall, which is used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy.

  • More work at Harriman library

    Harriman Public Library is moving forward with more renovations.

    Projects include reconstruction of the front steps for safety and code compliance, restoration of front entrance doors and replacing lighting on the first floor and in the basement children’s area.

    “The lowest bid coming in under the bid guidelines was Buckhead Construction Co,” said Treasurer Charles Kerley.

    The bid came in at $160,000.

  • Guns among Pierce buys

    A number of firearms were among the items Rockwood Public Works Director Tom Pierce purchased with a city credit card, the mayor confirmed late last week.

  • Second lady Biden, U.S. labor secretary applaud RSCC during Harriman stop

    Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden and a longtime community college instructor, knows first hand how important community college’s are in educating the country’s workforce.

    She and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis shared their appreciation of the work that Roane State Community College does during a stop at the Tennessee Technology Center in Harriman on Thursday as part of their Community College to Career bus tour.

  • Roane veterans need more than health care

    Securing a VA clinic for the area was something Ken Yager worked on during his time as Roane County executive.

    He’s since moved on to the state Senate, but he still considers the VA Outpatient Clinic in Rockwood his baby.

    He invited Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder to tour the facility on Friday.

  • No problems with photo IDs during early voting

    Tennessee’s new voter ID law hasn’t caused any problems during early voting in Roane County, according to Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway.

    “Nobody’s questioned it all,” he said. “That’s really what I expected.”

    The law, which was passed last year, requires people to show a photo ID to vote.

    “We haven’t had a person show up yet that didn’t have an ID,” Holiway said.

  • Margrave bridge going to cost Harriman

    Whether Margrave Street bridge is rebuilt or forgotten, it looks like it’s going to cost Harriman some money.

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason recently gave an update on the wooden structure, which was closed and was later removed by Norfolk Southern. Officials have said the railroad wanted a higher bridge in order to traverse stacked cars on those tracks.

  • Work on Harriman's crown jewel

    Jim Ryan of Rocky Top Sign & Neon does some work on the marquee of Harriman’s Princess Theater.

    The marquee is the Princess’ most prominent feature, and some motorists along Roane Street have been lucky enough recently to see it all aglow after the sun sets.

  • Tavern death charges increased

    Eric Glenn Gallaher faces more trouble for allegedly killing David Harvey outside the Grill & Pub last summer.
    The Roane County grand jury on Tuesday upgraded the charge against Gallaher from reckless homicide to voluntary manslaughter.
    Voluntary manslaughter is a C felony, and is usually charged if a crime involves passion. According to court records, Gallaher punched Harvey after a minor fender-bender in the parking lot.

  • Municipal moves: Could Kingston City Hall end up at Ladd Landing?

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    It might be a stretch to say there’s a frontrunner in the search for a new city hall site for Kingston.
    But now there’s, at the very least, a favorite.
    Kingston Mayor Troy Beets joined representatives of Covenant Health and the city council’s City Hall Review Committee in touring the Kingston Medical Plaza in Ladd Landing as a possible future site for Kingston City Hall on Monday.
    The plaza currently houses a doctor’s office and a physical therapy center.