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  • Pick and win Tennessee Products

    Pamela Bartholomew shares recipes and more with consumers such as Rockwood’s George Sartin last week at the Harriman Farmers Market.

    Sartin and others who went to the market registered to win a basket filled with Pick Tennessee Products, items produced in the state.

    Bartholomew, agritourism and farmers market marketing specialist with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, was at the Harriman market as part of the Pick Tennessee promotional tour to different farmers markets throughout East Tennessee.

  • Rockwood cuts administrator funds

    Rockwood City Council still can’t agree on a new city budget, but council members did see eye-to-eye last week on one thing.

    They removed funding for the city administrator position in the 2012 continuing budget they approved to allow the city to operate beyond the state’s July 1 budget deadline.

    Both Vice Mayor Peggy Evans and Councilman Mike Freeman have been City Administrator Jack Miller’s staunchest supporters.

  • Issue raised over Ryans’ dual roles

    The June 18 State Election Commission meeting in Nashville included an agenda item about Roane County Election Commissioner Jim Ryans.

    The issue concerned Ryans serving as both a Roane County election commissioner and member of the county Board of Public Utilities.

    “The commission decided to seek an AG’s (attorney general’s) opinion as to whether it was legal for someone to serve on both the election commission and the utilities board,” said Blake Fontenay, a state spokesman.

  • 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.