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  • Loan may make big splash for water fun

    Harriman has made a lot of improvements at David Webb Riverfront Park and a splash pad might be the icing on the cake for those wanting to see more resources for youngsters in the city.

    That icing might prove to be quite rich, however, as in roughly $400,000 alone just for the pad and other components associated with a splash pad facility.

  • TBI looking into shooting near OS

    From staff reports

    Anderson County Sheriff Office are investigating a Sunday afternoon shooting near Oliver Springs.

    Anderson County deputies responded shortly before 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26, on Black Half Moon Road in the Frost Bottom community, where they found 62-year-old Buford Glenn Phillips dead.

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was called in to investigate the shooting.

  • Meals on Wheels gets Subaru boost

    Mid-East Community Action Agency’s Meals on Wheels program, as well as the agency’s congregational meal sites, fill a big role in Roane County.

    They provide much needed meals —and often a social lifeline— to qualifying individuals.

    “So the Meals on Wheels, those are all home-delivered. They are all homebound individuals. We serve Roane and Loudon,” said Nancy Steele, nutrition manager of Mid-East Community Action Agency.


    From staff reports

    Seven-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty delighted Roane County racing fans with a special Monday afternoon appearance at Kingston Food City.

    NASCAR’s most decorated driver known in racing circles as The King is the spokesman for Paralyzed Veterans of America.

    He visited the Kingston store to show his appreciation to customers and store associates for raising the most funds for the Mission

    ABLE campaign to ensure the most severely injured American heroes have access to care, jobs and benefits.

  • Have an Emory River Christmas

    The public is welcome to celebrate Christmas on the Emory with a special Emory River festival at Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park on Saturday, Dec. 9.

    The event includers caroling, food and craft vendors and a festive display of boats on trailers, decorated for the season.

    Santa may even make an appearance.

    At 7:15 p.m. the movie “Elf” will be shown on an inflatable screen at the park.

    The event, which will be from 5 to 9 p.m., includes a Roshambo 5k race starting at 6 p.m.

  • Woman crashes near home, charged with drunk driving

    A Kingston woman reportedly crashed her vehicle on Lawnville Road during an alleged drunk-driving episode on Nov. 14.

    Angela Renee Wolfe was charged with DUI, improper lane usage, driving an unregistered vehicle, financial responsibility law and a seat belt violation.

    The incident was investigated by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

  • Majority of Center’s kids from Roane

    The Child Advocacy Center is still seeking additional funding from Roane County.

    At its Nov. 13 meeting, the County Commission opted not to vote on a resolution that would have given the organization additional funds, and instead chose to send it to the Non-Profit Committee.

    “I think it would be more proper to take it back to them,” Commissioner Darryl Meadows said.

  • Aug. 7 starts school in both 2018, 2019

    Aug. 7 will mark the first day of school for Roane County students the next two school years.

    The Board of Education approved the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school calendars at this month’s meeting.

    “We start school in the hottest part of the year,” Board Member Mike “Brillo” Miller said.

    Each calendar was approved by a 9-1 vote. Miller was the only one to vote no.

  • Roane detective charged with DUI resigns

    Detective Greg Scalf resigned from his position with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday.

    Scalf was arrested for DUI in Knox County on Nov. 17. For more on this story, read Wednesday’s edition of the Roane County News.