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  • Idol dream ends

    Oliver Spring’s darling  country singer Janelle Arthur has seen her time on American Idol end.
    The singer was in the bottom two with fellow country enthusiast Kree Harrison.
    Arthur sang “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” which she performed a stunning rendition of earlier in the season, in hopes the judges would use their one save of the season to keep her on the Fox talent show styled program.
    “Unfortunately baby, it is not unanimous. We’re not gonna use it, but we love you ...” judge Randy Jackson said.

  • Jail overcrowding an obstacle for local district attorney

    Of the many duties listed for a district attorney general in the Tennessee Code, keeping a county’s jail population down isn’t one of them. However, Roane County’s issues with overcrowding has made that a function for District Attorney General Russell Johnson throughout his nearly seven-year tenure.

  • Abuse claimed in jail lawsuit

    A former corrections officer alleges in a lawsuit that inmates were subjected to deplorable conditions and treatment at the Roane County Jail. 
    Samantha Morgan was fired on Feb. 22, 2012. She claims it was for not participating and keeping quiet about the alleged rough treatment of inmates.

  • Judge expects reasonableness in Tyler Farmer’s drug dealing case

    Criminal Court Judge Eugene Eblen ruled the state has to be “reasonable” when it comes to providing defense counsel with information about confidential informants.
    Accused drug dealer Tyler Farmer wanted prosecutors to disclose the name, address and telephone number of the informant in his criminal case. A hearing was held on the matter earlier this month. 

  • Hope for the homeless takes shape in Roane

    A group of organizers have taken the first tentative steps to start a program to provide a refuge for families facing homelessness in Roane County.
    The 20-plus group that gathered at Rockwood First Christian Church Disciples of Christ voted to call their organization Family Promise of Roane County.
    “Congratulations. We’re there. We have a name,” said volunteer Tom Cioffi, who is with the Family Promise National and facilitated this and the first meeting earlier this year.

  • Tour of city buildings set for June 22

    Staff reports
    The tour of Harriman city owned properties is now set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 22.
    City officials hope to hear from interested parties about available properties downtown including 14 city owned properties.
    Those 14 buildings include the former Roane Medical Center and office buildings and residential homes along Devonia Street.

  • Purloined tenderloin case ends with plea

    A woman accused of stealing $206.89 worth of filet mignon by hiding it in her pantyhose pleaded guilty to shoplifting in Roane County General Sessions Court on Monday.
    Annie Smith, 60, was sentenced to probation for a year and fined $100. Smith must also pay $206.89 in restitution and is banned from the Rockwood IGA.
    Randy Harris, Smith’s co-defendant in the case, was also scheduled to appear on Monday, but court officials said he was a no-show.
    The theft occurred at IGA on March 9 and was captured by the store’s security camera.

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  • It’s prom season!

    That time of year some students dream of and others dread is almost upon us. What’s the breakdown on Roane County’s five high schools and their proms?
    Here’s the skinny:

    • Roane County High School’s “Save the Last Dance,” prom is April 20 from 7-11 p.m. at The Pavilion at Hunter Valley Farm, Knoxville.

    • Rockwood High School’s “Under the Sea,” prom is April 27 from 6-10 p.m. at Rothchilds in Knoxville.