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  • Son threatens to burn dad's home

    A man sought help from authorities on Dec. 15 after his son reportedly poured gas on the house and threatened to burn it down.  

    Deputies with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office responded to the home on 1678 Old Harriman Hwy.

    Dispatch told the Blair Volunteer Fire Department to be on standby “in case it goes bad.” The fire department was later told they could stand down.

    Michael Allen Brown, 34, was arrested and charged with domestic assault, criminal attempt and vandalism.

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  • Snow days hamper exams, affect lunch foods

    Students who missed mid-year tests last week because of the inclement weather and school closings have more time to study — or to forget what they’ve been taught.

    “It will be after we come back in January,” Roane County Director of Schools Toni McGriff confirmed about the test schedules.

    “It will not be the first day back,” she added. “They can have all of Christmas (vacation) to study.”

    McGriff said the exact days exams will be made up is not decided.

  • Ice, ice baby
  • Harriman wants to open dialogue on urban growth

    Roane County and its communities may soon meet for the first time in years to discuss their urban growth boundaries.

    Harriman Councilman Lonnie Wright made the motion to have Mayor Chris Mason request a meeting of the coordinating committee.

    The committee is a group of selected representatives from each community and the county who work together to reach agreement on changes to the urban growth boundary map.  

  • Dyllis area families get holiday food help from TVA

    Some needy students should have plenty to eat over the Christmas break, thanks to the efforts of TVA employees.

    Cynthia McCowan, a program administrator for the agency, said the workers were instrumental in helping meet a request for 22 food baskets from Dyllis Elementary School.

    The plastic containers were filled with food and delivered to the school last week.   

  • Pine Ridge getting traffic light

    Dealing with a backup of traffic trying to exit Interstate 40 in Midtown may be a thing of the past.

    The Harriman City Council accepted an offer by the state to install a traffic light at the mile marker 350 westbound exit at Pine Ridge Road.

    Mayor Chris Mason said the state did a study of the interchange and offered to install a traffic light. The city would be responsible for its maintenance.

    When that light will be installed is not certain at press time.

  • Correction

    In the Monday, Dec. 13, issue of Roane County News, Kaylee Patterson was misidentified as Sara Hamby in the Walnut Hill Elementary Christmas program photo on page 1.

  • Rockwood lands in redevelopment program

    Rockwood’s downtown is the focus of a well-recognized revitalization program.
    The community was one of 12 selected this year to participate in the Main Street program affiliate, Tennessee Downtowns.
    Tennessee Downtowns is “a community improvements program for cities and counties seeking to revitalize traditional commercial districts,” according to a news release from Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.
    The program concentrates on a designated project area in a commercial district that is 50 years or older.

  • TVA's gypsum pond springs leak

    TVA’s effort to regain public confidence took another hit Wednesday.

    A leak was discovered in the gypsum pond at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

    The leak was stopped around 1 a.m. Thursday, said TVA spokeswoman Barbara Martocci.

    In a news release, TVA said the pond was leaking water.

  • Ice so bad fire truck flips

    Ice-covered roads prevented many motorists from successfully getting around Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.

    Among those skidding off the road were emergency responders.

    Things got scary for West Roane Volunteer Fire Chief Charlie Redwine and his crew when their truck flipped while responding to a call around midnight Wednesday.

    They were on their way to help a stranded motorists whose vehicle was stuck on the side of Winton Chapel Road near Rockwood.