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  • Body of evidence turns out to be rope

    Authorities believe a man mistook a piece of rope for a body while fishing near Ladd Landing last week.

    After he reported finding a body in the water, rescue boats and divers searched the area. They didn’t find a body, but did find the rope with a lure attached to it.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Detective Greg Scalf said they believe the lure belongs to the fisherman who made the report.

    “We took it seriously,” Scalf said about the man’s report of a human body. “You have to.”

  • New contract for schools director

    A new contract for Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins was unanimously approved by the Roane County Board of Education on Thursday.

    “I think she’s done a great job,” Board Member Darrell “Drack” Langley said. “She’s been under a lot of pressure, and she’s handled it well.”

    Watkins was an instructional supervisor for the Paris Special School District when she interviewed for the Roane County director of schools job in the spring of 2016. She beat out eight other candidates for the position.

  • Van hits tot

    A 2-year-old boy was struck by a minivan in the parking lot at Meadows Apartments on July 10. The Rockwood Police Department investigated.

    According to the report, 20-year-old Kayla Strader was traveling through the parking lot in a Dodge minivan when the child ran out into her path.

    “The vehicle knocked the child down onto the pavement causing bruising and abrasions to the right side of face and upper right side torso,” the report said.

  • Hear how TVA changed life in East Tennessee

    A free program about how TVA changed the landscape and supported the war effort in East Tennessee will take place this week in Oak Ridge.

    A Manhattan Project National Historical Park ranger will discuss the federal program at 1 p.m. July 21 in the American Museum of Science and Energy.

    The American Museum of Science and Energy is located at 300 S. Tulane Ave. For directions, call 865-576-6767.

    The public is welcome to join Manhattan Project National Historical Park to help celebrate the National Park Service’s centennial.

  • Jobless rate at record low

    From staff reports

    Accelerating job growth across the state is pushing Roane County unemployment to a record low.

    The 3.4 percent rate calculated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for May marks the lowest recorded unemployment rate in Roane County history, according to officials with the Tennessee Governor’s Office.

    That marks a drop of 2.3 percent from last June’s recorded rate of 5.7 percent. The 3.4 percent rate means there were only 770 people not working in a labor force of 22,800 people.

  • Houses most affordable in Roane

    Locals don’t have to look far to find the most affordable place in the country to purchase a home. They live in it, according to a report released last month.

    The report was conducted by ATTOM Data Solutions, and Roane County is at the top of the list in terms of lowest share of annualized wages (10.1 percent) to buy a median-priced home.

    “This is out of the 464 counties we analyzed for the report,” said Daren Blomquist, senior vice president of communications for ATTOM.

  • City unites to help veteran

    The Rockwood community is rallying to make sure one of the city’s veterans has a safe place that will welcome his beloved dog.

    John Geary keeps to himself, but he and his dog Lexie are a familiar sight to people in Rockwood.

    The loyal pooch follows her shy master everywhere, waiting patiently outside area businesses until he comes out.

    People began recently discussing the condemnation of his 407 Molyneux St. home, which has fallen into disrepair, and fears he’d end up on the street.

  • Police, deputies nab Ohio escapee

    An Ohio man wanted for escape was arrested in Rockwood on July 7.

    Officers with the Rockwood Police Department and deputies with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office found Ian Daniel Taylor at 430 Tedder St. According to an incident report, police received a tip he was there.

    “He was wanted in Van Wert County, Ohio, for an indictment on a charge of escape, felony of the third degree,” the report said. “Dispatch did verify full extradition.”

  • Sexton brothers made mark on Harriman

    One of the brothers who made the Sexton auto dealership an integral part of Harriman and its business community is turning 90.

    Lloyd Sexton will celebrate his 90th birthday this Saturday at Roane County Park from noon to 5 p.m. at the large shelter.

    “I’m hoping some of our close friends can come,” said wife Lorene.

    The couple was not only part of a successful business in Harriman. They were active members in Trinity Baptist for a number of years and later at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church.

  • BLESSED be the pets