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  • Earthquake excites, but no damage

    An Eastern Kentucky earthquake Saturday rattled residents in Roane County.
    The 4.3-magnitude quake which started near Whitesburg, Ky., was felt in various degrees throughout East Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina and other states.
    Sandra and Walter Calbaugh of Kingston both experienced the unnerving incident.
    “It shook the curio cabinet and shook around pretty good,” Walter said. “There was no trouble telling what it was. There was no doubt.”

  • California man charged

    A registered sex offender from California was indicted by the Roane County grand jury last month.
    Danny Lane King, 64, was booked into the Roane County Jail on Friday. He is charged with statutory rape by an authority figure, a Class C felony.
    The alleged crime occurred in 2011. The grand jury indicted King on Oct. 15. 
    King, who has a Sacramento address, is scheduled to make a court appearance on Friday.

  • Grass getting attention at Harriman golf course

    as a warm-weather sport, but most people were bundled up recently at the Emory Golf Course in Harriman at the tournament celebrating the opening of the new golf greens.
    Lloyd Edwards was among many whose ties with the course extend way back.
    “I started caddying back in 1942,” Edwards said. “That was when I started playing.”

  • Midtown Elementary choir takes flight

    Soon soft strains of holiday music will fill Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport.

    Among them will be the voices of children in the Midtown Elementary School Choir, who will sing from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

    The choir, in its second year, is excited about the opportunity to play for strangers, although members have sung for residents of an assisted-living facility and more recently, for the school’s Veterans’ Day program.

    Student Sara Gunter looks at it this way: “I like to meet new people every day.”

  • Four-laning to Oak Ridge celebrated

    Officials from Oak Ridge, Roane County, Anderson County and the Tennessee Department of Transportation gathered Tuesday afternoon to dedicate the completion of the final phase of Hwy. 95 widening project.

    The project, which widened nearly 3 miles of two-lane highway to a four lanes, was 12 years in the planning stages but took just two years to complete once the construction phase began.

    The $15 million project also included two retaining walls, two bridges and wide shoulders for bicycles.

  • Temperance Building to be featured on show

    Harriman’s Temperance Building’s rich history and reported haunts will be the focus of a program on a major television network.

    G.H.O.S.T. Paranormal, “the ghost hunters of southern Tennessee,” has been holding paranormal investigations and tours at the building, which once housed the East Tennessee Land Co., which sold the land that would become the model Temperence community of Harriman. The building later housed the American Temperance University.

  • Lab-in-a-box fuels zeal for science

    I love science!

    That is the enthusiastic cry of one of the Rockwood Middle School sixth-grade students in Cassandra Dothard’s class.

    They are learning life science, thanks to hands on materials from what has been termed “lab-in-a-box,” a project of Rural Communities STEM Initiative, an Oak Ridge business and education partnership to help the school districts improve science, technology, engineering and math skills in the area K-12 students.

  • Roane funding of schools over Tenn. average

    Some have accused Roane County Executive Ron Woody of cutting funding for education.

    Data from the state, however, shows the percentage of local funds going to Roane County Schools has gone up since he’s been in office.

    “People say a lot of stuff,” Woody said. “It doesn’t mean they have the facts to support it. I think the evidence is in the reports.”

  • School board stymies transfer of Dunn land

    Is the Michael Dunn Center in the way of future retail development along Gallaher Road?

    Some county officials think so, according to President and CEO Mike McElhinney.

    “Members of the County Commission have said we don’t want to see Michael Dunn Center basically in our way if a venture, a Target or some other commercial development would begin along Gallaher Road,” McElhinney told the Roane County Board of Education last month.

  • Harriman looking at hiring facilities worker

    Harriman wants someone in place to maintain downtown hospital property when Covenant Health moves Roane Medical Center’s operations to Midtown.

    City Council approved creating the position of a facilities maintenance worker for those buildings and other city-owned structures, such as the Temperance Building.

    “There is no doubt there is going to be a tremendous need for the position,” said Councilman Lonnie Wright.