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  • Polk Salad Fest, Pageant end reign

    The popular springtime festival at Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park is being retired.

    David Webb, the park’s namesake, has helmed the festival since its inception in 2008, when it spun off from the initial Miss Polk Salad pageant.

    “We are trying to encourage him to do things for himself. He’s 76 years old, and he needs to be having some fun,” said Webb’s daughter, Debbie Mee.

    “We just want him to have more time with family. It is hard for him, but he knows it is the best thing.”

  • Relay for Life gears up for '13

    Roane County’s Relay for Life exceeded its 2012 goal of $52,000, instead raising around $60,000.

    With that in mind, and a goal of increasing the number of teams, coordinators for the American Cancer Society fundraiser have set an even higher goal next year of $75,000.

    “The kind of overall theme of Relay is ‘dream big, hope big and Relay big,’ so in Roane County we’re planning big,” said chairwoman Fran Puckett.

    Kickoff is 5:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in Rockwood First Presbyterian Church.

  • Meth labs busted

    Jennifer Mathieu asked if she could retrieve some underclothes when deputies showed up to arrest her on a theft warrant last Thursday.

    Her request led to more trouble.

  • Decision 2012: Republicans working to color blue states

    For those who want to see President Obama defeated on Election Day, Tennessee is not the state they have to worry about.

    “It’s clearly a red state,” U.S. Congressman Chuck Fleischmann said.

    That’s why members of the Roane County Tea Party have spent time in battleground states this election season.

    “I spent the weekend in Ohio two weeks ago going door-to-door,” Co-Chairman Gary Johnston said.

  • Decision 2012: Democratic support a costly endeavor

    The back window of Bob Cowan’s truck is a collage of pro-Obama and pro-Democrat stickers.

    Showing support for his president and party hasn’t been cheap for Cowan, however.

    The chairman of the Roane County Democratic Party said he once had his truck keyed.

    “It took $1,300 to get it fixed,” he said.

    Instead of taking down the stickers, Cowan said he was so upset that he decided to put more stickers on his back window.

  • Decision 2012: Lines may be long at polling sites

    Turnout was brisk during early voting in Roane County.

    Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said 12,664 people cast early and absentee ballots during the Oct. 17-Nov. 1 period.

    That was more than the total number of votes (11,156) cast in the Aug. 2 state primary and county general election.

  • Sex offender still racking up crimes

    The Tennessee Department of Correction is responsible for supervising registered sex offender Charles Daniel Mullins.
    Mullins, 31, who has a Harriman address, is considered a violent sex offender, according to his profile on the Tennessee Sexual Offender Registry.
    Despite the state’s alleged efforts to protect society, Mullins appears to still be a danger.
    He has been indicted by Roane County grand juries three times over a 12-month period — most recently on Oct. 16, when he was indicted for the alleged rape of a 15 year old.

  • Schools sold at auction

    Two closed Roane County schools were sold at auction on Wednesday.
    Director of Schools Gary Aytes said Dyllis Elementary School sold for $105,000 and Walnut Hill Elementary School sold for $44,000. Proceeds will go into the school system’s capital projects fund.
    Dyllis, at 510 Dyllis Road, Harriman, closed after the 2011-12 school year.
    Walnut Hill, at 215 Maple St., Harriman, closed after the 2010-11 school year.
    In September, the Roane County Board of Education voted to sell the schools at auction.

  • Power outage set for parts of Rockwood

    Approximately 60 customers of Rockwood Electric Utility will experience a temporary power interruption on Wednesday, Nov. 7, while TVA replaces equipment at a substation.
    The scheduled outage will begin, weather permitting, at approximately 10 a.m. and last about four hours.
    Power will be rerouted to most customers.
    However, power will be interrupted to REU customers in the Roane Cardiff Valley Industrial Park, all of Furnace Avenue and Zumstein Drive, as well as those on the 600-800 blocks of North Trinity and West Dunn streets.

  • Who's Really Watching?

    Tennessee has some work to do when it comes to monitoring offenders.
    Tennessee Comptroller Justin P. Wilson recently released an audit of the state Board of Parole that found, at a minimum, annual arrest checks were completed on behalf of 82 parolees who had been dead for periods ranging from less than six months to more than 19 years. 
    At worst, officers actually documented contact indicating other dead offenders were still alive.