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  • Ready to hear about ash cleanup progress

    Donna Campbell of Harriman waits for the TVA public meeting to start Thursday in the Roane County High School auditorium.

    The meeting was to address progress on the cleanup of the area affected by the December 2008 fly ash spill at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant.

    According to TVA, 94 percent of the ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment as of May 26.

  • Neighbor accused of robbing Harriman eatery

    A Harriman woman is accused of getting more than take-out at the Chinese restaurant Yum Yums No. 8 last Tuesday.

    Rebecca Lee Sandifer, 34, 1108 S. Roane St., was arrested for aggravated burglary for allegedly taking off with $325 from the cash register.

    Sandifer lived across the street from the restaurant.

    “We kind of had a good suspect within 30 minutes of the robbery,” Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said.

    “By 2 a.m., we had her in custody.”

  • Church raising money with ice cream to feed Roane County hungry

    Harriman Courts of Praise Church is starting its daily meals today, Monday.

    The meals, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays, are the church’s effort to ensure that area children don’t go hungry during the summer months.

    The church is always seeking donations for its ever-expanding food program, and it has hit on a unique plan to raise money during the summer months.

    Starting Friday, the church is opening its Epic Delight ice cream shop next to Rocky Top General Store.

  • New or bigger jail in near future? Interest close to amount borrowed to build facility

    Less than four years after opening, the Roane County Jail is already dealing with the overcrowding problems that prompted its construction.

    But long before the jail debt is paid off in 2033, the county may have to build a new facility or add on to the current one.

    “At the rate the population is growing, it will probably have to be within the next six to eight years,” Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

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  • Store has beef with shoplifter

    Another person has been accused of trying to steal steaks from IGA in Rockwood.

    This time it was rib eye instead of filet mignon.

    According to a Rockwood police report, the store’s assistant manager allegedly saw Christina Marie Evans and an unidentified person stuff five rib-eye steaks into her purse.

    Evans was confronted by the store’s manager when she tried to leave.

  • Kingston man struck on motorcycle

    DAMON LAWRENCE/Roane Newspapers
    Kingston police on Wednesday deal with the aftermath of an accident in which a turning SUV struck a man on a motorcycle near the Sonic Drive-In on Kentucky Street.  Officer Bo Smith, right, said the 17-year-old driver of the SUV was turning into the parking lot and didn’t see the motorcycle, which was driven by 18-year-old Branton Underwood of Kingston. He was treated at the scene and released. Smith said no one was cited in the wreck.

  • Daisies and dandelions

    Wednesday as part of National Senior Health and Fitness Day The Bridge at Rockwood residents, with a police escort, walked or were wheeled nearly a mile with the smell of honeysuckle int he air and the breeze blowing in their faces.

  • School board member to be police chief?

    Roane County school board member Danny Wright may become Rockwood chief of Police.
    Mayor James Watts announced he is recommending Wright for council consideration as part of this year’s budget discussions.
    Watts said that current chief Bill Stinnett has decided to step down to captain, effective July 1. Current Capt. Pless Buck will be retiring in the near future after 42  years with the department.

  • Tax-hike request made official

    It’s official: the Roane County Board of Education is requesting an increase in the property tax rate to fund the 2013-14 school budget.
    The county’s current property tax rate is $2.18 per $100 valuation. The board is requesting an increase of 17 cents.
    “It’s to keep the programs we have in place right now, and it will keep us on track of being a really good school system,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said, “but it will not make us a great school system.”