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  • Swan Pond Church to celebrate 185 years

    Harriman’s Swan Pond United Methodist Church will celebrate its 185th anniversary as a small,  close-knit congregation Sept. 18.

    Established in 1826, the church building has undergone various renovations and closing due to a dwindling and fluctuating congregation, along with a history of vandalism.

    However, through all the years, the near-two-centuries-old church has aged well — with a few facelifts.

  • More than a whistle-stop: Rockwood eyed by locomotive refurbisher

    A company interested in locating in Rockwood would like to purchase a piece of property from the city.

    Vice Mayor Peggy Evans said LocoDocs Inc. is interested in a parcel behind Southern Alloy, in an overgrown area near the city’s animal shelter.

    The company, which refurbishes locomotives, would also like the area rezoned for its use.

    The company’s website said it is a locomotive sales, parts, service, repair, retrofit, modernization and emissions solutions firm.

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  • Harriman man charged with weekend murder

    Eric Glenn Gallaher, a 31-year-old Harriman man, has been charged with a death that occurred over the weekend. On Saturday morning around 2:30 a.m., officers were dispatched to the Grill and Pub, which is also known as the Big Orange Bar, on Harriman Hwy. When officers arrived on the scene they found David Harvey dead.
    “Some witnesses there had reported that he had been struck by a man and dropped on his head,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.
    Gallaher was arrested on Sunday. He’s charged with reckless homicide.

  • Matricide trial reset for Aug. 9

    A man accused of bludgeoning his mother to death will have to wait a little while longer before seeing a jury.
    Milford Barnett was scheduled to stand trial on Wednesday for the murder of Pearl Barnett, but the case was reset for Aug. 9 because a key witness was unavailable.
    The case has been pending for more than four years. Officers responded to Milford Barnett’s home at 703 Black Jack Road in Rockwood on April 18, 2007.

  • Department of Safety Commissioner visits Rockwood facilities

    The sign on the outside says “Tennessee Department of Safety Drivers License Service Center,” but much more goes on inside.
    “They handle handgun permits,” Tennessee Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons said. “As a result of legislation this year, they will also start handling photo IDs for voters who do not have government-issued IDs.”

  • Haslam supports reading campaign

    Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam visited Roane County to help launch the campaign initiative to increase children’s reading skills.
    Having also helped launch the initiative for Knox County, Haslam kicked off “Read With Your Child” campaign for Roane through the Children’s Reading Foundation of the Tennessee Valley.
    The initiative encourages young pupils’ parents or guardians and other adults to devote 20 minutes a day to reading to their child.

  • Bechtel Jacobs employee accused of poisoning co-worker

    A LaFollette woman is scheduled to appear in Roane County General Sessions Court in September for allegedly poisoning her co-worker’s Mountain Dew. Ashley Nicole Carroll, 27, was arrested on July 13. She’s charged with reckless endangerment and assault.
    Carroll and the victim,
    Cheryl Lofton, were employed by Bechtel Jacobs as building service workers at East Tennessee Technology Park in Oak Ridge. The alleged poisoning occurred last month.

  • Rockwood’s water rates decided tonight

    Rockwood Water Sewer and Natural Gas customers should know Monday night whether they will begin paying an additional 30 percent increase in water.
    A public hearing and second reading are on the agenda for the regularly scheduled Rockwood City Council meeting, today, Monday, July 25, at 7 p.m.

  • Sheriff adds new detective

    Becoming a detective has been a lifelong dream for Brandon Kittrell. It was fulfilled on Thursday when the command staff at the Roane County Sheriff’s Office hired him as the new detective.
    “I applied for it, and God bless, I was selected for the position,” he said. “My dream is to work investigation.”
    Kittrell will be coming from the patrol division, where he spent the last few years doing traffic enforcement.