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  • School bus driver cited in accident

    A school bus crashed South of the River Monday morning. There were no children on the bus at the time.

    The accident happened on Hwy. 58 near the intersection of Mans Hollow Road shortly before 7 a.m.

    The bus driver, Angela Morehew, was not injured. A passenger on the bus, Virginia Rucker, was transported to Roane Medical Center.

    The crash was investigated by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

  • Hurley, commissioners look to move past dispute

    State Rep. Julia Hurley said her relationship with the Roane County Commission has room for improvement.

    “No representative has a perfect relationship with any of their county commissions,” she said by email. “So with that said, of course we could always work better together.”

    Hurley said she thinks the commission focuses too much of its time on Tiger Haven, a sanctuary for big cats in East Roane County.

  • Former powerhouse governor Ned McWherter dies of cancer

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Ned McWherter had political prowess matched by an engaging down-home personality that endeared him to Tennessee voters.
    McWherter, a self-made millionaire businessman, turned a phrase as easily as he charmed those at the ballot box.
    The two-term Democratic governor died Monday at Centennial Hospital in Nashville.  He was 80 and had cancer.
    Some of his memorable quotes:
    — “I know every hog path in Tennessee.”

  • Dangling from the Jungle Gym
  • Leaders challenge beer law changes

    Not everyone is happy with a proposal to allow special-event permits for the sale of beer in Harriman.

    In fact, several people plan to go to the Harriman City Council meeting on Tuesday to voice their concern. And they have some powerful allies.

    “This is not the vision that my dad had for Hooray for Harriman 20 years ago when he was on the board — and it is not the vision that I had when I co-founded the Harriman Cruisin’ eight years ago,” Mayor Chris Mason said.

  • Hospital inching closer to breaking ground at Midtown

    Covenant Health and Roane Medical Center appear to be mere weeks away from breaking ground on a much-anticipated new facility in Midtown.

    First, however, hospital officials are preparing for an April 27 hearing before the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency to seek approval on the construction of the building which will replace the hospital in downtown Harriman.

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said he plans to attend the hearing to voice his support of Covenant Health relocating the hospital’s operations.

  • Man arrested for DUI after crashing his truck

    An Oliver Springs man was arrested last week after running his truck off the road near Harriman.

    Emergency crews were dispatched to Harriman Hwy. on March 30 on a report of a rollover accident.

    The driver, Charles Roberts of 410 E. Spring St., Oliver Springs, ended up being arrested.

    He was taken to the Roane County Jail on charges of driving under the influence and violation of implied consent law.

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    A 30-year-old Harriman man was sentenced to three years in prison for  robbery.

  • Waiting in the wings

    Rockwood High School students Taylor Mioduski, left, and Amber Monroe applaud a dance team while waiting to take their turn in the spotlight Thursday during the Academic Festival at Roane State Community College.

    More than 2,000 East Tennessee students participated in the festival, which included events such as art, dancing, singing, speaking, writing and mathematics.

  • Neither snow nor rain ...

    The U.S. Postal Service’s creed may not be that oft-recited refrain, but Rockwood postal worker Carey Spencer proved it somewhat suitable last week as he delivers mail in the rain to downtown businesses.

  • Film-production class kicks off Tuesday at Channel 15 studio

    Award-winning Roane County filmmaker Brooks Benjamin wants to share his enthusiasm for media production.

    He’s teaching a free class, Introduction to Film and Television Production, for interested high schoolage students at the Channel 15 studio in Harriman.

    The classes start Tuesday, April 5. There are openings for 12 students.

    “The channel 15 studio is amazing,” Benjamin marveled. “Their computers are better than mine, what I edit on.”