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  • Accused killer on arrest No. 19 with violating probation

    Staying out of the Roane County Jail must be hard for Eric Glenn Gallaher.

    The 31-year-old Harriman man was arrested again on Aug. 10. The charge was violation of probation.

    According to sheriff’s office records, Gallaher was booked into the jail at 3:30 p.m. and released at 7 p.m. He’s scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 17 on the violation of probation charge.

    Gallaher, of 338 Washington Drive, has been arrested 19 times in Roane County.

  • Airport manager's contract gives pay raise not in final budget

    A pay raise for Rockwood Municipal Airport Manager Danny Collins wasn’t included in the city’s approved budget, but he’ll be getting the money through a recently approved amendment to his contract.

    Rockwood Vice Mayor Peggy Evans made the motion to raise Collins’ salary from $35,000 to $39,800. Councilwoman Jane Long seconded it.

    Councilman Jason Jolly was the lone vote against it.

  • Webb planning a Vietnam vets park memorial

    Visitors to Harriman Riverfront Park often stop at the fountain and war memorial dedicated to those from Roane County who lost their lives during battle.

    David Webb, the park’s namesake, and others are working to add more to that tribute to the solders who died in service to their country.

    Webb recently told Harriman City Council about a plan to put a replica of the Vietnam War statue featuring three servicemen that is so well known near the Vietnam War Memorial Wall in the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

  • What do a Kingston library director and Indiana Jones have in common?

    By Mike Gibson

  • Dunn Center honors Parks with building name
  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: The teachers I know really care about what they do

    How did you spend your weekend?

    I spent the better part of Sunday afternoon in a Hamilton County classroom scrubbing desks and lab tables.

    I’m no school teacher, but Derek — the man I am dating  — is.

    I rubbed out graffiti, scraped gum, wiped away months of grime and even washed a few windows while he arranged and installed equipment and tackled other chores.

    It was important for him to be ready for the return of students this week.

  • Cute sells, and Roane County tot is adorable

    Chances are you’ve seen Kingston resident Brady Rogers on a billboard along Interstate 40.

    Brady, 4, is part of Farm Bureau Insurance of Tennessee’s auto advertisement campaign to “move over and save.”

    His parents, Marty and Rhonda, signed him up at 18 Karat Model and Talent Management when he was 2 years old.
    They have an open call every Monday.

    While the shoot was more than a year ago, the billboards started springing up about seven months ago. They are scattered across the state.

  • Lawyer for bar gets busy on revocation case

    The attorney representing Grill & Pub owner Grover Norton has issued a warning to county officials about Monday’s meeting of the Roane County Beer Board.

    The purpose of the meeting is to hear a petition the county filed to revoke Norton’s beer permit.

    “In the event the beer board acts precipitously and revokes my client’s permit, he will exercise all remedies available to him at law and equity,” Knoxville attorney Greg Isaacs wrote to County Attorney Tom McFarland.  

  • 9/11 memorial to be at Kingston Fossil Plant

    A 5-ton piece of steel from the World Trade Center is being delivered today (Friday) to the site of a planned 9/11 Memorial next to TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant.   

    At 11 a.m., TVA is hosting its own employees, representatives from various branches of the Armed Forces and local elected officials  for a short honor guard ceremony at the south access road parking area next to the plant.

     A motorcade will escort the steel from the Tennessee state line at Interstate 81 near Bristol to the Kingston plant.
     

  • Booth retires from dispatch

    A retirement party was held for Roane County E-911 dispatch supervisor Linda Booth last week.
    Director Mike Hooks said he hired Booth about nine years ago after she left the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.
    “She needed a change, and I had an opening and gave her an opportunity to come to work,” he said.
    Booth said she’s going to miss her co-workers, but didn’t hesitate when asked if she’s planning on enjoying retirement.
    “I most certainly am,” she said.