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  • COURTS: Trial delayed for accused robbers

    Accused robbers Mark Andrew Randolph and Rufena Jean Bunch had their Dec. 17 federal trial rescheduled for April 1.

    The two Roane County residents allegedly went on a robbery spree in September.

    Bunch’s attorney, Bruce Poston, filed a motion to continue on Nov. 24. U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. granted his request during a hearing last week.

    Randolph’s attorney, Jonathan Moffatt, did not object to the delay.

  • Santa's Helpers

     

    The Harriman Fire Department is making getting messages to Santa a little easier again. From left, Kevin Shepard, Josh Duncan, Brandon Alcorn, Chief Brad Goss and Jeff Cunningham pose behind the Santa Letter mailbox outside the firehall. Families can drive right up to the mailbox to drop in their letters.

     

  • $32 MILLION, 10 SCHOOLS

    $13,027,282
    Dyllis Springs
    Elementary
    • New elementary school for 600 students

    $4,011,677
    Bowers Elementary
    • Two-story addition
    with 15 classrooms
    • Library
    • Teachers workroom
    • Complete renovation of
    administrative offices
    • Modify existing building for handicap access, including
    restroom renovations,
    an elevator and entry ramps

    $3,948,370*
    ROCKWOOD MIDDLE

  • RISING FROM THE ASHES: TVA disaster boon for Roane schools

    Roane County Schools was able to complete several multi-million dollar building projects with the $32 million it received because of the TVA ash spill.

    Without a doubt, that’s had a positive impact on local education, Director of Schools Gary Aytes said.

    “We feel really good about the effects it has had,” he said. “Any time you can provide better facilities, your students are much more likely to be enthusiastic and want to come to school and do a better job.”

  • County’s top firefighters for ’13 applauded

    Firefighters of the year for Roane County’s five volunteer fire departments were recognized at the Dec. 9 County Commission meeting. They include, from left, South Roane County’s Keith Hephner Sr., Blair’s Penny Laymance, West Roane County’s Kip Fuller, Midtown’s Tyler Morris and East Roane County’s Rick Young. 

  • Ex-Rockwood official’s day in court postponed

    Former Rockwood Public Works Director Tom Pierce’s status hearing on charges accusing him of theft, official misconduct and unauthorized use of a credit card case was moved to next term, July 21, 2014.

    “Other pretrial motions are in the process of being filed that haven’t made it yet,” said Assistat District Attorney Bill Reedy. “We are probably going to have to set up a date to hear those motions.”

    Pierce was indicted in February on multiple counts, including theft, official misconduct and unauthorized use of credit cards.

  • Harriman attorney ponders cold-pill opinion from state

    The Tennessee Attorney General opined last week that current state statute supersedes current and future laws controlling ephedrine or pseudoephedrine and that local legislation was in violation of state law.

    The opinion came down shortly after Harriman officials approved an ordinance requiring prescriptions for the allergy and sinus relief medications, both of which are used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

  • Foster home headed to industrial park?

     

    A foster home in the Roane County Industrial Park sounds a little like a Charles Dickens’ book plot, but a company is looking to do just that.

    Omni Visions Inc. is in the early stages of procuring property in the industrial park.

  • Attorney wants more time on ash safety issue

    Knoxville attorney James Scott needs more time to respond to the motion to dismiss filed by Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.

    Scott filed a federal lawsuit against Jacobs in August, alleging the company lied to TVA ash spill cleanup workers about the safety of fly ash. His lawsuit listed 49 plaintiffs.

    Jacobs’ attorneys contend the company is entitled to immunity and the lawsuit should be dismissed.

  • BABAHATCHIE COMMUNITY BAND Heading to the concert, but don’t know where to park?

    Today’s a big day for Harriman’s holiday celebration.

    After a postponement due to rainy weather, the city’s annual Christmas parade will begin at 7 p.m.

    And at 8 p.m., the Babahatchie Community Band will strike up for its Christmas concert in the Princess Theatre.

    Downtown’s usually crowded at parade time, but don’t let fear of finding a parking place keep you away from sounds of the season.