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  • Convicted drug dealer files to dismiss murder charge

    Ralph O’Neal isn’t having any more luck as his own lawyer than he did as a crack cocaine dealer.

    He’s set to be arraigned for first-degree murder in Roane County Criminal Court today, June 27, despite multiple motions he’s filed to have the case thrown out.  

    O’Neal is charged with the August 2007 murder of Ronnie Dean Cofer. O’Neal, 36, has been acting as his own attorney. In one of his motions, he argues that the case should be thrown out because the grand jury foreman was white.

  • 3 teens hurt in Friday crash, 1 taken to jail

    Emergency crews responded to a one-vehicle crash involving four teenagers early Friday morning.

    The 16-year-old male driver and another male passenger were taken to University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. A 17-year-old female passenger was taken to Roane Medical Center in Harriman.

     Because they were juveniles, their names were not released.  

  • Farmers Market fresh veggies

    Jerry Eblen of Kingston rifles through some of the growing season’s first harvest at Harriman’s Farmers Market at Riverfront Park.

    The Farmers Market is open from 8 to 11 a.m. each Saturday.

    Wednesday hours are from 3 p.m. to sellout.

  • Summerfest fun

    Roane County Park’s second annual Summerfest seemed custom-made for children, and a number of them took advantage of a sunny day to see and do all the things the park had to offer.

  • HUB considers dropping natural gas rates, but others may rise

    Harriman Utility Board’s gas customers might get some relief this year, but water and sewer customers may feel a pinch.

    Board members won’t vote on the budget until their meeting on Monday, but they’ve been asked to consider some changes.

    Those  including a possible decrease in gas rates and looking into rate increases in water and sewer.

    The increases are being sought to  to pay for projects in both utilities.

  • Tornado touches down in Roane

    A small tornado touched down in Roane County on Wednesday around 6:40 p.m, according to the National Weather Service.

    Meteorologist Lyle Wilson said the tornado struck seven miles west-northwest of Loudon.

    “The information that I have is it was 100 yards long,” Wilson said. “The path width was 20 yards wide.”

    Wind speeds topped out around 70 mph, he said. The weather service usually sends a survey team to confirm a tornado touch down, but Wednesday’s was confirmed through other means.   

  • Campground now under county control

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Riley Creek Campground is now under county control.

    “We got the keys from TVA the end of May,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “They had some work left undone, so we were kind of struggling to get in there.”

    The campground is South of the River behind Anglers Cove subdivision.

    Earlier this year Woody said TVA approached the county about taking over operations at the campground.

  • Principals change at two county schools

    Longtime Rockwood Middle School Principal Bill Thompson has retired.

    “I thought it was time to step down and let the younger ones have a try at it,” he said.

    Thompson said he spent 51 years in education, including 39 years as principal.

    “I just appreciate the parents letting me have their children,” he said. “I’ve enjoyed having them. I look forward to watching them go on through school, grow and become adults.”

  • Video production skills go far beyond TV screen

     

  • A little spin around the dance floor