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  • Support breaks abuse cycle

    Victims of domestic violence often feel like they have nowhere to turn, especially when their partners have alienated them from loved ones and have control of finances.
    Sharmin Bradley, the Roane County domestic violence advocate with Child & Family Tennessee, wants to make sure these victims know someone cares.

  • Surplus projected in school construction

    A report to the Roane County Economic Development Foundation about the school system’s building program was lacking in details, but one man says money should be left when work is complete.
    The school system was the biggest beneficiary of the foundation, which dispersed $43 million to Roane County government agencies after the TVA ash spill.
    Lee Maines, who was hired to oversee the program, appeared before the foundation last week to give an update on the projects.

  • Hines still to get city paycheck

    Rockwood City Council didn’t approve proposed contracts for outgoing city recorder Jim Hines to continue building inspection and city recorder duties, but that doesn’t mean he’s going anywhere.
    Rockwood Mayor James Watts said Hines would continue at his current pay scale and be paid by voucher until someone could be hired to replace him.
    “Every two weeks he’ll submit a voucher for his pay,” Watts said following the meeting.
    For many on the city council, money was the issue with both contracts Hines proposed.

  • County wins grant for HVAC work

    Roane County was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development earlier this month for heating and air-conditioning units,  ductwork, controls and thermostats at the Roane County Courthouse.
    “Anytime we can use somebody else’s money to help us out, that’s a good thing,” County Executive Ron Woody said. “It gets us started a little early on the project.”

  • Gun fired by woman who unliked boyfriend’s Facebooking

    STAFF REPORTS
    A 38-year-old woman allegedly threatened to shoot her boyfriend because of his chatting on a social network.
    Angela Christine Berry was charged with aggravated assault in the Dec. 17 incident. 
    Rockwood police responded to 704 N. Wilder Ave., to investigate a domestic with shots fired.
    Steve Calvin Morrow Jr. told police that he and Berry got into an argument because he used his phone to talk to another woman on Facebook.

  • Fishing with grandpa
  • Rebuilding Kingston Methodist
  • Harriman church burglar nabbed

    A man suspected of breaking into and taking items from Trenton Street Baptist Church in Harriman has been taken into custody.

    Coty R. Barnwell, 22, 757 Emory Heights Road, Harriman, was charged with aggravated burglary and theft.

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office online inmate system lists his bond at $6,000 for theft and $3,000 for aggravated burglary.

    His court date is scheduled for Jan. 30.

  • A family affair

     

    KATIE HOGIN/Roane Newspapers
    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam and his son, Chris, who was home for nearly two weeks from Fort Stewart, Ga., ring the Salvation Army bells at Food City with the rest of Washam’s family, including daughters Savannah, Tara and Maleah and wife, Lisa.

  • Yager bills take aim at prescription abuse

    State Sen. Ken Yager has announced that he will sponsor prescription drug abuse legislation in the 2012 legislative session to require doctors, pharmacists or their designees to check the state’s Controlled Substance Monitoring Database before prescribing or filling prescriptions for scheduled drugs.  

    In addition, a separate bill being drafted by Yager would require that anyone who picks up a prescription for a scheduled drug must show photo identification.