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  • Midtown firms nix Harriman annexation

    A handful of Midtown business owners aren’t interested in being part of Harriman — despite arguments it will make their property values jump and more commercially appealing.

    Harriman officials listening voted down a resolution to have an annexation referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot.

    Officials, however, indicated they may revisit the issue to look at interested property owners.

  • Today’s the last day to register to vote

    Columbus Day is a holiday for most Roane County Courthouse workers.

    The Roane County Election Commission, however, is open and doing business as usual today, Monday.

    “Even though this is a holiday for courthouse employees, our office will be open, since Oct. 8 is the deadline to register for this election,” said a release from the election commission.

    Election Day is Nov. 6. Early voting for state and federal races is Oct. 17-Nov. 1. Call the Election Commission at 376-3184 for details.

  • New device to help with proper extinguisher use

    Rockwood firefighters recently unveiled a new training device that they hope will encourage proper use of fire extinguishers.

    The Bullex IST Extreme Trainer features three different fire scenarios: electric motor, pot on stove and wastebasket.

    “We did some finagling, but this is basically a $10,000 unit,” said Matthew Crabtree, assistant fire chief.

    “According to the manufacturer, we’re the only small-timers in the area that have got it.”

  • Pair arrested for burglary, robbery

    A couple of Roane County men were arrested late last month on burglary and robbery charges at a Roane State Hwy. apartment.

    Twenty-four-year-old Sean Thomas Eken of 149 Oaklawn Drive, Rockwood, and Gordon Wesley Gillespie, 22, of 201 Carr Ave., Harriman, are charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon.

    An officer was dispatched to 2913 Roane State Hwy., where Bryan Strand and Charlotte Underwood reported Strand was lying in bed when two subjects broke into the apartment.

  • Cobb accused of assault

    State Rep. Jim Cobb, whose district includes the southwest portion of Rockwood, is accused of assault. A Rhea County grand jury returned an indictment on Cobb this week.

    He’s accused of assault against victim Wanda Sue Goins on Aug. 2, Election Day. Cobb lost in the primary that day to rival Ron Travis. 

    Rhea County Sheriff Office officials declined to comment for this story and refused to provide any public records. 

  • Former Harriman judge dies

    A fixture in Harriman died Wednesday.

    Clyde Collins was a Harriman city judge for many years and a Roane County commissioner from Sept. 1, 1986, until Aug. 31, 1994. Typically energetic and charming, the distinguished World War II veteran had been ill recently. 

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said Collins was a family friend and respected member of the community.

    “When you look around Harriman, he’s done a lot of good things,” Mason said. “He’s always wanted to help people.”

  • RSCC celebrates health grant

    Hilda Solis, U.S. Secretary of Labor, got a birds-eye view of how Roane State will use its portion of $12.57 million in grant funds from the RX-Tennessee grant.

    The funds were awarded to a consortium led by Roane State and including the Tennessee Board of Regents’ community colleges and Tennessee Technology Centers.

    “This was a competitive process. This was a national competition and, of course, your state, this campus, came out ahead. I’m very pleased to be here today to make this announcement,” Solis said.

  • Medication bin at sheriff’s office keep drugs away from abusers

    Roane Countians no longer have to wait for a drug take-back event to dispose of outdated and unwanted prescriptions or over the counter medicines.

    A Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation collection bin is located at the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.

    “This joint effort is designed to educate citizens on the importance of appropriate disposal of pharmaceuticals, while increasing the number of locations for them to do so,” TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau said in a prepared statement.

  • New barracks to be added at Fort Southwest Point

    Plans are under way for reconstruction of an additional barracks at historic Fort Southwest Point.

    The new building will be even larger than the first structure, which is 43-by-17 feet with a 5-foot-deep porch that was built in the early 1990s. The second barracks will measure 62-by-16.

    “We’d like to get the foundation set and logs laid this winter,” said Rick Ross, director of parks and recreation for the City of Kingston.

    In order to make that work, the staff at Fort Southwest Point needs a little help. 

  • Mugshot publisher leaves out own

    The publisher of one of the mugshot tabloids sold in local convenience stores knows what it’s like to have a booking photo taken. 

    In fact, hers has been taken quite a few times — although none have appeared in her publications featuring hundreds of other mugs.

    Mychel Dillard, who publishes Caught Up, doesn’t see anything wrong with that.