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  • 8-year-old raises substantial money for Relay for Life

    Kingston Elementary School third-grader MyKenzie Price, has already raised more than $1,200 for Relay for Life.
    It’s a very personal mission.
    The 8-year-old will be keeping her great-grandfather in her thoughts as she walks in the Lenoir City relay May 6.
    MyKenzie was very close to her “Pa Paw,” former Kingston fire chief Bobby Scruggs.
    “He would take me fishing, and he would push me on the swing,” she said.
    Scruggs died after struggling with cancer for four years, and Price will recognize him for her third year at the relay.

  • Iris in bloom
  • Ambulance director loses job

    Gloria Wright is no longer director of the Roane County ambulance department. She was informed about the county's desire to go in another direction on Monday.

    "We asked Gloria to basically take a position lower than what she's at now," Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    Woody said Office of Emergency Services Director Howie Rose and consultant Jack Jinks will manage the ambulance department on an interim basis.

    "Until we do a search or determine exactly what we need to do," he said.

  • Making a run for the prize egg
  • Harriman wanting Midtown properties

    Harriman officials hope to incorporate several properties on both sides of Hwy. 70 with a referendum in June.

    A resolution to annex the Midtown area properties was approved by Harriman City Council during a special-called meeting April 22.

    “A lot of the properties are already under contract with the city, except four of them,” said Harriman building inspector Maria Nelson during discussion of the resolution at a workshop last week.

  • TSA worker faces DUI, drug charges

    Alcohol-related arrests happen all the time in Roane County.

    However, something stuck out about Joseph Candon Graves’ booking sheet.

    His employer was listed as “Homeland Security.”

    Graves, of 1770 Spring Road in Lenoir City, was arrested on April 20.  

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, a caller told dispatch that the driver of a red Toyota truck was “all over the road” and throwing beer cans from his vehicle.

  • Japan disaster affecting future Watts Bar drills

    Disaster drills at TVA’s Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in nearby Rhea County could be more challenging in the future because of the disaster that occurred in Japan.  

    “Used to, we might have an event that was an earthquake at one unit that would result in damage to the plant and possible releases of radiation,” said Ray Golden, TVA senior manager of nuclear communications.

  • Board returns Bruner's rights to practice law

    Harriman attorney Spence Bruner should soon see his rights to practice law restored.

    He recently attended an appeal in front of a panel of the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility, who recommended Bruner be allowed to return to practice without restrictions on April 20.

    The panel recessed five minutes before returning and recommending Bruner return to full practice, said a release from Bruner’s attorney, Chris Cawood.

    The Supreme Court must sign an order to reinstate Bruner.

  • Woody wants workers to get raises, but 'I'm not making any promises'

    Roane County Trustee Wilma Eblen isn’t the only elected official who would like to see raises for employees included in the next budget.

    “I would love to see them get a raise,” Register of Deeds Sharon Brackett said. “With the economy, everything is going up and everybody is having a hard time.”

    Officials are still in the early stages of putting together a budget for the next fiscal year, which starts on July 1.

  • Longtime News employee Frederick calling it a career