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  • Accused killer found in Miss.

    Mississippi authorities have in custody a man facing murder charges in Roane County for the death of a young woman last October.

    Shawn Smoot was indicted this month by a Roane County grand jury in the death of 23-year-old Brooke Morris and failed to appear for his arraignment on Monday, June 25.

    Morris’ remains were found in October at Blair Road and Old Blair Road.

    Police knew he was in Mississippi and located him about 10 p.m. Tuesday night, when he was apprehended by U.S. Marshals and Pearl River County sheriff’s deputies.

  • Harvest pays for mission travel

    South Harriman Baptist Church youth are feeding their flock while raising money for a mission trip to Iowa. Youth minister Matt Edwards got the idea of putting in a garden near the church as a fundraiser for the youth group’s mission trip to Iowa in July.

    Church members take the produce off a table at the church and leave a donation.

  • Candidate’s qualifications questioned

    Questions have arisen concerning Dennis Ferguson’s qualifications to run for Roane County road superintendent.    

    “I’ve never known Dennis to build a road,” Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said. “Have you?”

    The issue has also been raised by one of Ferguson’s opponents in the Aug. 2 election.

    “There’s some big questions about it,” candidate Brian Mullins said.  

  • Search for new Roane State chief on

    An advisory committee for a new president of Roane State Community College has been selected and will meet for the first time Monday, July 9.

    The meeting will begin at 12:45 p.m. in the Dunbar Building Faculty Dining Room on the college’s main campus in Harriman.

    Roane State’s current president, Gary Goff, announced in March his plan to retire at the end of October.

    Goff had been president of the multi-campus college for seven years.

    The new president is expected to be named this fall.

  • SIZZLER AHEAD

    Brace yourself.

    If you thought last weekend was hot, you’ll likely have a new perspective before this weekend is over.

    The National Weather Service is expecting a record-breaking heat wave to build up late this week and  temperatures above  100 degrees to be with us through early next week.

    Meteorologists issued a special weather statement warning that record high temperatures could be reached Thursday through Sunday.

    The culprit is a strong high-pressure system.

  • Starvation arraignment delayed

    A Roane County couple accused of starving their toddler son didn’t appear for arraignment Monday.

    Instead, Matthew and Amanda Dotson, who are in protective custody at Roane County Jail, are to appear on July 13 on their first-degree murder charges.

    District Attorney Russell Johnson said several factors made it difficult to have their arraignment on its original date.

    “We had over 100 indictments (this grand jury). I don’t know how many got arraigned Monday. It was just a numbers issue,” Johnson said.

  • Dixie Youth AA Tournament

     

    Rockwood’s Aaron Crabtree takes a swing during Dixie Youth AA Tournament action over the weekend at Rockwood. Roane County teams will participate in Dixie Youth tournaments this weekend in Caryville, Spring City, Kingston and Sweetwater.

  • Animal shelter needs donations, too

    Every penny is a plus at the Roane County Animal Shelter.

    Director John Griffin said that’s why the shelter welcomes donations from the community and holds fundraisers throughout the year.

    “Our budget covers a lot of needs, but anything else we can get helps,” he said.

    The department’s budget even includes a line item for donations.

    “Any donations we get, we truly appreciate,” Griffin said.

  • Solar safety in school zones

    Roane County Schools is hoping solar-powered speed-zone lights will save money.

    In May, the Board of Education voted to install four of the lights at the new Dyllis Springs Elementary School. More could be installed at other schools if the savings is clear.

    Board Member Wade McCullough asked maintenance director Robert Jones if he had any record on the reliability of the solar-powered speed-zone lights.

    Jones answered no.

  • Calfee would move on Tiger Haven

    Republican state representative candidate Kent Calfee is vowing to move legislation in Nashville for the Roane County Commission if elected.

    “If they ask me to, I will,” he said.

    District 32 state Rep. Julia Hurley, Calfee’s opponent in the Aug. 2 Republican primary, said it’s misleading to make those kind of declarations.

    “Saying you’re going to do something and being able to do it are two different things,” she said.