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  • Valentines For 70 Years

    Even after seven decades, the love story of a long-married Kingston couple is still being written.

    Bob and Mildred Snow will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary March 10, and “still love each other very much,” says their daughter, Kathy Mount.

    “We’ve had our ups and downs,” said Bob of their union.

    “But not really that many downs,” added Mildred. “We never fight – never have.

    “We might discuss, but we never fight.”

  • Trio of East Tennesseans tapped for police slots

    Harriman Police Department officials didn’t have to look far for the three candidates to fill department vacancies.

    More than 200 applicants from all over the country applied for the jobs, but with a search process that included an intense look into the background of the applicants by the detective unit, three East Tennesseans were picked.

    The first to be hired was Jeff Coffey, a 2009 Harriman High School graduate who has held longtime employment with the Morgan County Correctional Complex where he is part of a special response team.

  • Trooper patrols on spiffy new wheels
  • Probation revenues down in ’16

    The revenue Community Probation Services generates in Roane County was down in 2016, according to the annual letter it sends to County Executive Ron Woody.

    This year’s letter, dated Jan. 3, said the company grossed $160,340.01.

    Roane County contracts with CPS to provide probation services for people convicted in General Sessions Court.

    The contract requires the company to pay Roane County 5 percent of its gross revenue. In 2016, that amounted to $8,017.

    Woody said the county received the check from CPS last month.

  • Roane officials to consider support for Gov. Haslam’s gas tax proposal

    A resolution expressing support for Gov. Bill Haslam’s gas tax proposal is on the Roane County Commission’s Feb. 13 agenda.

    It was unanimously recommended by the Commission’s Budget Committee.

    “Cars are getting better gas mileage,” said Commissioner Junior Hendrickson, who serves on the committee. “They’re getting lighter and the tax hasn’t been changed, so the money coming in to support the infrastructure has declined.”

  • Spring Thaw to help dementia patients

    The Leadership Roane Class 2017 is hosting a Spring Thaw Fundraising Extravaganza on Feb. 23 to raise funds that will be used to help treat Alzheimer’s patients at care facilities in Roane County.

    Leadership Roane County is sponsored by Roane State Community College and The Roane Alliance.

    The 31-year-old program seeks to develop informed leaders who will be active in community life and who will support a volunteer program dedicated to the positive growth of Roane County.

  • Rockwood High principal arrested

    Rockwood High School Principal Shannon Cawood was arrested for domestic assault Saturday morning.

    “We have become aware of that information, and we have put him on suspension pending investigation,” Roane County Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said late Saturday. “That’s really all for now until we know more.”

    The alleged victim is Cawood’s wife, Midway Middle School Principal Amy Cawood.

  • Distress call ends in tragedy

    A search for a possibly suicidal man ended tragically Tuesday afternoon in an officer-involved shooting at Tyler Pointe shopping center on Gateway Avenue in Rockwood.

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, at the request of Ninth Judicial District Attorney General Russell Johnson, is investigating the incident, which culminated in death of victim Quinton Swicegood, 58, of Harriman.

  • East Roane man hurt in propane tank explosion

    Benny Walker, a 69-year-old East Roane County man, is expected to recover from injuries he suffered in a fire on Wednesday.

    “Dad is doing well,” son Chris Walker said Thursday. “He’s going to make a full recovery.”

    The fire happened at Benny Walker’s residence at 124 Buck Creek Road, Kingston. According to an E-911 dispatch report, a greenhouse and a barn at the property caught on fire. Benny Walker reportedly got burned when a propane tank exploded.

  • LeMOND LAWSUIT: DISMISS OR TRANSFER TO MINNESOTA

    LeMond Composites is in the Eastern District of Tennessee.

    However, that’s not where the company wants to defend a federal lawsuit filed against it by former LeMond partner Connie Jackson.

    A motion filed on Wednesday asks for Jackson’s lawsuit to be dismissed or that the case be transferred to Minnesota.

    According to a memo in support of the motion, Jackson, a Harriman resident, signed an operating agreement consenting to all litigation being handled in Minnesota.