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  • McKinney column moves

    Roane County News latest columnist. Josephine McKinney, is no stranger to writing.

    McKinney, 90, has been writing for about 50 years. Her “Round Rockwood” society column is being moved from the Rockwood Times to every Monday’s edition of the Roane County News.

    The newspapers Rockwood Times and the Harriman Record, which were combined into a single weekly about a year ago, are being discontinued. Most of the content is being moved into the Roane County News.

  • Yager seeks legislative pages

    State Sen. Ken Yager of Harriman is seeking local students to work as pages in the State Senate.  

    Page duties consist of anything from making copies, running errands, to distributing legislative information to members of the General Assembly.

    They report to the chief clerk of the House and Senate.

    “This is the best civics lesson I can imagine,” said Yager. “Student pages are right there with us on the Senate floor.

    They get a unique front-row view of the lawmaking process.”

  • Second phase of Gallaher project complete

  • ‘Electrical’ needs hamper cameras

    Doug Elder works on one of the already-installed cameras at Fort Southwest Point Thursday. Elder mentioned that the camera had already been installed but was simply waiting on what he referred to as “electrical.”

  • Grandmother gets children to safety

  • Loudon remains could lead to closure

    As of Friday evening, authorities had yet to identify the human remains discovered in neighboring Loudon County.

    “The point of emphasis is we don’t know yet,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.

    Authorities were working to identify the remains.  

    Johnson, whose judicial district includes Loudon and Roane, said the remains were discovered off Eblen Road around 6:30 p.m. last Thursday by two men who were out looking for scrap metal. Johnson described the area as remote.  

  • April 16 trial in mom's suit against Houstons

    Preparing a civil case against brothers Rocky and Leon Houston hasn’t been easy for attorney Mitch Ferguson.

    “The breadth of it overwhelms me sometimes,” he said.

    Ferguson represents Pat Brown, who is suing the Houstons for $5 million over the death of her son. Mike Brown was killed along with Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Jones in a shootout with the brothers on May 11, 2006. Brown was on a ride-along with Jones.

  • Rockwood officials lobbying for more stable road to I-40

    When Interstate 40 was built through Roane County, the Browder family of Harriman used their political influence to get it routed through Harriman.

    While that move proved rewarding for Harriman, the national thoroughfare — and the traffic and tourist dollars — bypassed Rockwood.

    Now Rockwood officials want to change all that, hoping to work with the state to get an interchange and connector road off Hwy. 299 into their city.

  • Parker elected for schools, leaves city legacy of progress

    Harriman voters elected Earl Parker as mayor more than 40 years ago for his pro-city-schools platform, but his work brought the city a couple of advances it continues to enjoy.

    “He was the first mayor to hire a city recreation director,” noted Chipper Dunn about his close friend, 72, who died Jan. 13.

    “We had programs, but most of it was ran by a group of people or civic clubs” before Parker appointed Bill Morgan to the position, Dunn added.

  • Fund established for hurt firefighter

    Donations are being sought to help cover the medical expenses of a local firefighter who was injured in a bad car wreck earlier this month.

    Andrew Murray, a captain with the East Roane County Volunteer Fire Department, said the Caleb Wilson Fund was started at Enrichment Federal Credit Union last week.

    Murray said people wishing to help can stop by any Enrichment branch to make a donation.