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  • Alliance CEO sets date for retirement

    Leslie Henderson, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance for the past decade, has announced her retirement effective at the end of March 2014.

    “Although I struggled with this decision,” Henderson said in a letter to Alliance officials, “I feel now that it is the right time to start on the next phase of my life and start working on some of that bucket list — travel, writing, project work, family time, and maybe even some business ventures of my own.

  • Firm wants ash safety suit dismissed

    Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has responded to the federal lawsuit Knoxville attorney James K. Scott filed in August.

    The lawsuit listed 49 plaintiffs and accused Jacobs of lying to TVA ash spill cleanup workers about the safety of fly ash.

    The attorneys for Jacobs, Kenneth S. Schrupp, Jefferson C. Orr and S. Joseph Welborn, are asking that the lawsuit be dismissed.

  • Rockwood woman gets 4 years for fatal crash

    A Rockwood woman found guilty earlier this year of vehicular homicide reckless conduct for her role in a 2009 fatal crash has been sentenced to four years in prison.

    Nicole Lynne Lawson’s sentence was handed down on Nov. 19.

    Gary L. Pugh, 63, of Crossville died on May 29, 2009, after Lawson crashed her vehicle into his on Hwy. 70 near Rockwood.

    Lawson is to report to the Tennessee Department of Corrections on Jan. 2, 2014, to be taken into custody.

    As part of her sentence, her driving privileges have been revoked for 10 years.

  • Harriman ready for new list of longterm goals

    Renovating the Princess Theatre and re-establishing the city’s Industrial Development Board are two items Harriman officials can check off their list of longterm goals.

    “We are at a point now we need to re-establish the goals and objectives,” Councilman Lonnie Wright said.

    Harriman City Council will revisit the city’s longterm vision during a Tuesday workshop.
    The workshop starts at 6 p.m. in Harriman Municipal Office Complex.

  • It’s beginning to look a lot like ...

    Odds and ends scattered across a tabletop don’t look like they’d turn into much, but Jesse Rittenhouse recently proved he can take the most mismatched items and create something special.

    The owner of Adkisson’s Flowers and Gifts in Harriman was the Harriman Garden Club’s November guest speaker.

    To demonstrate his point, he used Christmas items brought in by club members to decorate a wreath.

    A red ribbon, angel tree topper, tiny wooden decorations, ball-shaped ornaments and many other items found their way into the wreath.

  • Legal custom prompts McCarroll uproar

    Lawyers drawing up orders for judges to sign is a common practice in the Roane County court system.

    “Sometimes the judge gets mad about something and he draws the order, but the general rule is lawyers always prepare the order and the judge signs them,” said longtime Harriman attorney Bill Newcomb.

    The practice created some controversy recently.

    In June, Roane County Circuit Court Judge Russell Simmons Jr. signed an order restoring the citizenship rights for convicted sex offender Richard Keith McCarroll.

  • Oh, deer! Bad time to be wandering around

     

    Deer season is in full swing in Tennessee, but this pair is apparently oblivious to hunters who might want to claim them as they meander in a South of the River field. They didn’t escape the eye of Roane County News photographer Kaitlin Keane, though. With her weapon of choice — a Nikon, in this case — she shot them in a safe manner that captures their beauty on a rural fall afternoon.

  • Chamber shopping spree kicks off Wednesday

    The Roane County Chamber of Commerce’s shopping spree kicks off Nov. 27, and Chamber officials are reminding consumers to shop at participating Chamber businesses to have a chance at winning $1,000 in cash prizes.

    The winning name(s) will be drawn at noon Dec. 17 at The Roane Alliance.

    The last day to enter the contest will be Dec.  15.

    “We love this program here at the Chamber,” said Chamber President Leslie Henderson.

  • State Capitol Christmas tree grown near Oliver Springs

    Reaching more than 50 feet skyward, a tall Norway spruce is making the trip from its Morgan County mountaintop near Oliver Springs to the big city.

    The spruce has been selected as the Tennessee State Christmas tree and will soon be decorated and on display at the State Capitol in Nashville.

    “The UT Institute of Agriculture is honored to provide the tree for the enjoyment of the state’s citizens during the 2013 holiday season,” said Martin Schubert, manager of UT’s Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center.

  • Russell hopes to improve DUI prosecution results

    DUI prosecutions could ramp up in the 9th Judicial District.

    The District Attorney General’s Office now has a DUI prosecutor and DUI coordinator, thanks to a federal highway/transportation safety grant.

    “It funds the prosecutor and coordinator positions and is renewable annually,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said. “The majority of Tennessee districts have them, and others have had them for years.”