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  • Autism effort involves man on wheels

    Brian Patrick is going long distance to raise awareness of autism and also to raise money for autismspeaks.org.
    The 42-year-old in-line skater made a pit stop Friday in Roane County while on a cross-country crusade from Long Island, N.Y., to Laguna Beach, Calif.
    Patrick, who has two teenagers with varying degrees of autism, began his journey on Sept. 20 at Montauk Point, Long Island, in his native New York City.
    He hopes to reach the West Coast by Christmas.

  • Roane stays out of storm cleanup — for now

    The head of Roane County’s Office of Emergency Services said it’s not yet clear whether it will be needed for assistance in the wake of a superstorm in the northeast.

    “Right now we’re in a coordinating and monitoring phase, kind of waiting until storms pass by to see what they are getting,” said director Howie Rose.

    Rose said local officials are having daily operation briefings.

    Rose said regions have been put on standby, particularly the regions neighboring those most likely to be affected.

  • Huffing driver causes accident

    When Harriman police were sent to an accident with injury at 3:43 p.m. on Oct. 25, they were told a caller said the driver was trying to leave and still huffing on a can of something.

    The police report said the woman was attempting to get out of the van while an emergency worker was holding her neck still for the possibility of injury.

    Reports identified the female as Brandie Rae Foster, 33, and that she admitted she had been inhaling a chemical propellant.

    Police said she lost control of the vehicle and cut across into oncoming traffic.

  • Moving out: Hurley discusses tumultuous two-year tenure as Roane’s state representative

    No one can accuse Julia Hurley of having an uneventful term in the Tennessee House of Representatives.

    That was a problem for some of her critics.

    “I have friends in Chicago and other parts of the country, and the only thing they heard about Roane County was some antic of our state representative,” Roane County Commissioner Randy Ellis said.

  • Mullins ordered to pay his taxes

    Chancellor Frank V. Williams III has reversed his decision on Brian Mullins’ delinquent Roane County taxes.

    “The order, entered by this court on Aug. 1, 2012, which waives attorney’s fees, interest, costs, fines and fees associated with the taxes owed by Brian Mullins and Brian Mullins Excavating Contractors Inc. is set aside,” reads an order signed by Williams on Oct. 23.

  • Bogus bill shows up in court till

    Roane County’s General Sessions Court Office is being more attentive when it comes to receiving money after someone used a fake $20 bill to make a payment earlier this month.

    “I have instructed my deputy clerks to be vigilant about checking the cash for possible counterfeit money,” Circuit Court Clerk Kim Nelson said last week.

    Nelson, who oversees the Circuit, General Sessions, Criminal and Juvenile courts, said one of her clerks was counting money on Oct. 19 and noticed that one of the $20s looked odd.

  • School director goals, bonuses in new contract

    The Roane County Board of Education approved a performance contract for Director of Schools Gary Aytes last week.

    “This was done in concert with Mr. Aytes and legal counsel Mr. (Charles) Cagle has reviewed this as well,” Board Member Wade McCullough said. “It is a very similar process that the board has went through with previous directors.”

    Aytes, who was hired in May, is eligible for a bonus during each year of his two-year employment contract.

    The performance contract lists four goals and 20 sub-goals.

  • Harriman chorus taking to stage for Letters from War

    There will be quite a show at the Harriman Princess Theatre Tuesday.

    The Harriman High School chorus will be pulling out music and theatrics on the stage in a production called Letters from War.

    The production, directed by Matt Parks, will be at 6 p.m.

    It’s free to the public, but donations will gladly be accepted.

    “We’d like to have a big crowd,” Parks said. “It will be a great, short production that all ages will enjoy.”

  • Rockwood advertising for director of parks

    The parks and recreation director position at Rockwood will be advertised after all.

    Mayor James Watts had earlier said he would appoint a person to the position and had a few people he wanted to talk to.

    The Rockwood City Council agenda this month, however, included a line item for a resolution to approve advertising the position and a job description.

    It also included the naming of a board to review applications and make recommendations to the full council.

  • Calfee, Brummett, Ellis respond to Hurley allegations

    Kent Calfee said he misspoke during the Roane County Tea Party forum when he said he would “serve the liberal cause as best I can” if elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives.

    “I had just been talking about some of the West Tennessee liberals and making a comparison and that was just a slip up,” explained Calfee, the Republican on the ballot for the seat now held by Julia Hurley.

    Calfee defeated Hurley in the August Republican Primary.