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  • Grill & Pub: Where a kid can be a kid?

    A bar Roane County authorities have described as a haven for crime and unruly behavior played host to some children on Aug. 20. Grill & Pub owner Grover Norton had an inflatable erected on the outside of the bar for his granddaughter’s birthday party.   

       
    “I rented it for her,” Norton said. “They came and set it up that morning. We had about 30 kids that played on it. They had a ball.”

    Norton said the space outside the bar was an ideal spot for the inflatable.  

  • Fallen officer ride in its fifth year

    A mix of Harley-Davidson and Honda motorcycles revved out of the parking lot at Fort Southwest Point earlier this month for the fifth annual Fallen Officers Memorial Ride.

    Organizers said the riders headed south down Hwy. 58 to Sweetwater and then traveled back up north to Kingston.

  • Aggravated rape charges dropped

    Three of four charges have been dropped against a Rockwood man who was accused of assaulting a woman in Oak Ridge. Edward Eugene Chatman was arrested by Oak Ridge police on Aug. 21, and charged with aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated burglary and reckless endangerment.

    Chatman’s attorney, Mike Ritter of Oak Ridge, said the state dropped the aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping and reckless endangerment charges because there wasn’t any proof to substantiate them.

  • Poor, pitiful Grill & Pub owner?

    Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland has accused Grill & Pub owner Grover Norton and his attorney Greg Isaacs of waging a sympathetic media campaign.
    “Mr. Norton and Mr. Isaacs seem to be wanting to try the case in the newspaper,” McFarland said. “I’ve done heard about all I want to hear about poor Mr. Norton.”

  • ‘Missing’ man found – at hospital

    A family’s search for a missing Harriman man found him — he’d been in Roane Medical Center.
    Virginia Robinson Haynes said medical privacy restrictions kept family from knowing her brother, Robert Robinson, had been admitted last Friday — even though the family had checked with the hospital. Robinson, she said, sometimes suffers from confusion.
    Haynes said the family still would be in the dark if Robinson’s son hadn’t seen him on a bench outside the hospital after his discharge Wednesday. He was last seen Friday on Pansy Hill Road.

  • County commission, legislative districts may be up for changes

    The Roane County Redistricting Committee held a meeting Tuesday to look at the seven county commission districts.
    State law requires redistricting at least once every 10 years.
    The committee will come up with a plan to reapportion the districts based on population data.

  • Harriman embraces industry Rockwood spurned

    Harriman officials are interested in helping find local property for LocoDocs Inc. — the train engine repair company that Rockwood city officials turned away this week.
    At a Harriman City Council workshop Tuesday, council members talked briefly about the various reasons some Rockwood officials and residents were averse to the company moving next to a sports complex in that city.
    Advocates — including real estate agent Frankie Hawn — had said the company had exhausted its search for suitable properties in Roane County.

  • Artist donates painting to RSCC

    The years Jim Brown taught art and humanities courses at Roane State Community College were the masterpiece of his career.
    It’s fitting, then, that Brown gave Roane State a gift reflecting his love for the college and for art.
    The retired professor, who served for 28 years at Roane State, recently donated one of his paintings to the college’s Mathematics and Sciences Division.
    “Roane State, this place and these people, came together to create some of the best years of my life,” Brown said.

  • Kingston Fossil Plant OK after quake, TVA inspections continue

    TVA is inspecting 15 of its dams and ash impoundments and all of its nuclear plants after an earthquake hit near Richmond, Va., on Tuesday.
    “The seismograph at Tellico Dam was the only TVA site that recorded any shaking as a result of the earthquake,” said TVA Chief Operating Officer Bill McCollum. “TVA is inspecting its nuclear plants and several dams and impoundments out of an abundance of caution to be sure the earthquake had no effect on these facilities.”

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