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  • A litter magic
  • Warmley writing for broader audience

    “Harriman Happening’s” columnist Louise Warmley has always been involved and kept up with what was going on with community members long before she began writing her column in The Harriman Record.

    “It is good to be kind to people. It is good to be friends with everyone. I’m a people person,” Warmley said.

    It was that connection with others and her good friendship with the previous “Harriman Happening’s” writer, Linda Rittenhouse, that led to Warmley taking over the writing.

    In 1987, Rittenhouse’s store burned, and she was too overwhelmed to write.

  • OS assistant principal arrested

    Donna R. Moore, the assistant principal at Oliver Springs High School, was arrested in Morgan County for domestic assault against her husband Thursday night.

    Morgan County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Davis arrived at about 10:30 p.m. at the home Moore, 43, shares with her husband, 43-year-old Craig Moore, at 133 Authorn Sheldon Road in the Coalfield community.

    “The victim, Craig Moore, stated that his wife, the defendant Donna R. Moore, came home very intoxicated and began yelling at him,” Davis’ report said.

  • Rockwood hires Ruppe as recorder

    Former Morgan County Executive Becky Ruppe has a new government gig.

    With last week’s Rockwood City Council meeting drawing to an end, Mayor James Watts asked for and received approval to hire Ruppe as city recorder/grant coordinator.

    The city, however, had neither been looking for nor advertising the position, something Vice Mayor Peggy Evans and Councilman Mike Freeman said they would have preferred.

  • Agency strives to help families find right path

    Roane County isn’t isolated from homelessness, including families with young children struggling to find and keep a roof over their heads.

    That’s why Pathways Housing Services has been helping families find and pay for housing since 2006.

    Pathways’ goal is for those served to be able to maintain their own permanent housing once they graduate from the program.

  • Accident devastates horse owner

    The thump Jerry Keeney heard from inside his home on Jan. 10 was the clue that something bad had happened.

    “I said somebody’s had a wreck out there,” Keeney recalled. “I ran outside, and I saw my horse laying in the middle of the road and the car down the road about 40 feet.”

    The driver of the car was 18-year-old Caleb Wilson, a senior at Roane County High School and firefighter with East Roane County Volunteer Fire Department.  

  • Qualls no stranger to Roane in search for school director

    A familiar face will help the Roane County Board of Education in its search for a new director of schools.

    Toni McGriff, the current director, is retiring, effective June 30.

    The board voted 9-1 to hire Wayne Qualls to act as facilitator in the search for her replacement at the Jan. 19 meeting.

    Qualls, a former state commissioner of education, helped the board in its last search for a school director.

  • Cleaning up after the rain

    Rockwood Street Department workers Ricky Stegall, left, and Mike Edwards clean debris from around a drain at South Gateway Avenue and Rathburn Street.

    The men attended to the task around town after a recent bout of rain to ensure that all street drains were clear of branches, leaves and other matter.

    The Rathburn drain was their final stop on this particular day.

  • Bolling vacating OS post

    Oliver Springs city manager David Bolling will be leaving his position in mid-February.

    Judge Joe Van Hook said Bolling made the announcement at the Oliver Springs Board of Alderman on Jan. 19.

    Bolling’s last day will be Feb. 17. He is leaving for another position.

    Comment from Bolling was not available at press time.

  • Wading right in

    “I’m walking on water,” Thackery Porter exclaims while traipsing around Kingston City Park’s flooded boat dock area with his uncle, Mike Torrans, on Friday afternoon.
    Water spilled over various docks and over the banks of Watts Bar Lake, including at Kingston’s Gravel Pit area, due to the previous day’s steady rainshowers.