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  • Watch out for prison rip-off

    STAFF REPORTS
     State officials are warning about a scam targeting families of inmates.
    “Several offender family members have reported receiving phone calls from someone claiming to represent the Comptroller’s Office and offering to help secure the release of inmates from prison,” Tennessee Department of Corrections officials said in a press release. “The caller instructs the family member to send two large sums of money through Western Union in order to secure the inmate’s release.”

  • Not your average model train

    A large model train constructed by late Oliver Springs resident Staples Cross recently made a long trip home from South Carolina

    What’s so special about it?

    “The mudflaps, everything, is made out of wood,” said Pat Crowe. Cross is believed to have spent 400 hours making the train.

    Dorothy Kelly, the wife of Cross’ nephew Billy Kelly, decided to donate the train to the Oliver Springs Historical Society upon her husband’s death.

  • Did you know

    ... that while Roane State is well-respected as our local community college, Roane County once had two other institutes of higher learning?
    In Harriman

    The first was in Harriman, where what we now know as the Temperance Building was used as the part of the American Temperance University.

    In 1898, its second year, the university enrolled 345 students from 20 states.

    Believe it or not, this school is in the college football record books.

    Trust us, it’s not a good thing.

  • Anderson’s center popular — and growing

    Revelers have found a place in Rockwood to hold their festive events.
    The REC — or Rockwood Event Center — has been open for awhile, and  its popularity for parties, conferences and other events spurred a recent growth spurt that’s resulted in almost double its original space.
    “We stay consistently busy now — especially with the expansion,” said business owner Bill Anderson of the work that began in January. “We are not quite done yet. The stage is going to come out about 2 more feet.”

  • Idol dream ends

    Oliver Spring’s darling  country singer Janelle Arthur has seen her time on American Idol end.
    The singer was in the bottom two with fellow country enthusiast Kree Harrison.
    Arthur sang “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” which she performed a stunning rendition of earlier in the season, in hopes the judges would use their one save of the season to keep her on the Fox talent show styled program.
    “Unfortunately baby, it is not unanimous. We’re not gonna use it, but we love you ...” judge Randy Jackson said.

  • Jail overcrowding an obstacle for local district attorney

    Of the many duties listed for a district attorney general in the Tennessee Code, keeping a county’s jail population down isn’t one of them. However, Roane County’s issues with overcrowding has made that a function for District Attorney General Russell Johnson throughout his nearly seven-year tenure.

  • Abuse claimed in jail lawsuit

    A former corrections officer alleges in a lawsuit that inmates were subjected to deplorable conditions and treatment at the Roane County Jail. 
    Samantha Morgan was fired on Feb. 22, 2012. She claims it was for not participating and keeping quiet about the alleged rough treatment of inmates.

  • Judge expects reasonableness in Tyler Farmer’s drug dealing case

    Criminal Court Judge Eugene Eblen ruled the state has to be “reasonable” when it comes to providing defense counsel with information about confidential informants.
    Accused drug dealer Tyler Farmer wanted prosecutors to disclose the name, address and telephone number of the informant in his criminal case. A hearing was held on the matter earlier this month. 

  • Hope for the homeless takes shape in Roane

    A group of organizers have taken the first tentative steps to start a program to provide a refuge for families facing homelessness in Roane County.
    The 20-plus group that gathered at Rockwood First Christian Church Disciples of Christ voted to call their organization Family Promise of Roane County.
    “Congratulations. We’re there. We have a name,” said volunteer Tom Cioffi, who is with the Family Promise National and facilitated this and the first meeting earlier this year.

  • Tour of city buildings set for June 22

    Staff reports
    The tour of Harriman city owned properties is now set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 22.
    City officials hope to hear from interested parties about available properties downtown including 14 city owned properties.
    Those 14 buildings include the former Roane Medical Center and office buildings and residential homes along Devonia Street.