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  • Lighting change brightens mood in neighborhood

    People on Harriman’s Morgan Avenue are no longer in the dark.
    The city recently finished the lighting phase of the long-overdue Tennessee Department of Transportation Trailhead project which included new walkways and lighting for stretches of Walden and Morgan avenues.
    Harriman Utility Board Manager Bill Young said the city will save even more on the lighting than first thought because the city decided to use utility labor instead of rebidding that portion of the project to outside contractors.

  • Yager gets honorary spot

    State Sen. Ken Yager has been named an honorary member of the Roane State Foundation’s board of directors.
    Yager has a lengthy record of civic involvement.
    He serves as a board member of the Community Reuse Organization of East Tennessee and the Roane County Heritage Commission. In addition, he is a member of the chambers of commerce in Dayton, Spring City and in Campbell, Fentress, Morgan, Pickett, Roane and Scott counties.
    He was named 2013 Legislator of the Year by the East Tennessee Development District.

  • Cross-cultural education
  • Residents put in the football spirit
  • Alliance program wins big

    From STAFF REPORTS
    The Roane Alliance’s Education Matters! program has been selected as a Gold Award recipient by the International Economic Development Council for Excellence in Economic Development.
    The award was presented at the 2013 IEDC Annual Conference in Philadelphia Monday.

    Receiving the award on behalf of The Alliance was Leslie Henderson, Alliance president andCEO, and Allen Lutz, education and workforce development specialist at The Alliance.

  • Roane couple charged in robbery spree

    Accused robbers Mark Andrew Randolph and Rufena Jean Bunch face charges in federal court.
    The 35-year-old Randolph was indicted last week by a federal grand jury on five counts of robbery, five counts of using a firearm during a crime and one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.  

    He allegedly robbed five businesses between Sept. 19-27.

  • Kingston greenway addition nixed again

    Kingston city officials got some disheartening news about the ongoing Ladd greenway project, even as the happy closing of the project’s first phase approaches.
    Mayor Troy Beets reported at the Oct. 1 council work session that the city’s latest application for a grant to fund the project’s fourth “D” section was turned down by the state. Kingston had already sought a grant for section D before, and had been turned down, but officials hoped that this application would be more successful.

  • Veterans Day events come early

    Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center decided to celebrate veterans early this year.
    Instead of adding to the events planned for Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, the center has scheduled its event Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    “This is for the community and the ones here,” said Connie Sheldon, quality of life director. “The residents are the ones that came up with this.”
    Speakers will include Brian Murphy, who once guarded for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

  • Septic changes discussed for city of Kingston

    Kingston City Council members are considering STEPs to improve the city’s sewer service.
    STEP — or Septic Tank Effluent Pumping — is a means of sewage treatment whereby part of the waste from individual homes or businesses is dumped into a septic tank, and then pumped to a centralized processing plant, rather than a leach field.
    Mike Jolly, head of the city water department, reported at the Oct. 1 council work session that it might be cost effective for the city to begin using such systems again.

  • Correction

    Articles in the Sept. 23 and Oct. 2 issues of the Roane County News had incorrect information regarding Richard Keith McCarroll.
    McCarroll was indicted on 648 counts of aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor in 2002.
    He pleaded guilty to three counts of the lesser crime of sexual exploitation of a minor in 2007.