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  • Gala gears up for 2nd Roane run

    It’s time to celebrate Roane County once again.

    The Roane Alliance will roll out the red carpet on Oct. 17 at Volkswagen Group of America in the Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

    “Join us as we bring this celebration home again,” said Wade Creswell, The Roane Alliance’s president and CEO.

  • Commissioner Greg Ferguson DUI charge dismissed

    At the recommendation of District Attorney General Russell Johnson, the DUI charge against Roane County Commissioner Greg Ferguson was dismissed on Monday.

    In Tennessee, the legal limit for alcohol is .08. TBI test results showed that Ferguson’s alcohol level was below that when State Trooper Alexander Evans arrested him for DUI on March 2.

    “I was not intoxicated, and the tests prove it,” Ferguson wrote in a prepared statement that he handed out after Monday’s hearing.

  • FOUR BROTHERS CALLED, FOUR BROTHERS RETURN

    The Wright family sent four brothers off to World War II — and they saw them all come back.

    Sam and Nora Wright saw sons Howard, Houston, Ralph and Clyde off to fight. All four returned after the war, with Ralph suffering a shrapnel injury on Normandy Beach.

    The years since have claimed three of those Wright brothers, with only Clyde surviving today to share his war memories.

    Though he just celebrated his 90th birthday, he tells a detailed description of what he did in the Pacific.

  • Assessments complete, but barbs continue

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said he’s warned those at the Property Assessor’s Office to watch what’s being said about him to the public.

    The issue has to do with the 2015 reappraisal.

    The assessor’s office is holding informal hearings with property owners who are unhappy or have issues about their new assessments.  

    “They’re saying it would have been all right, but Ron Woody caused it,” Woody said.

  • Assessments complete, but barbs continue

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said he’s warned those at the Property Assessor’s Office to watch what’s being said about him to the public.

    The issue has to do with the 2015 reappraisal.

    The assessor’s office is holding informal hearings with property owners who are unhappy or have issues about their new assessments.  

    “They’re saying it would have been all right, but Ron Woody caused it,” Woody said.

  • Struck bridge going down to one lane for repairs

    The traveling’s tight on the narrow bridge on Caney Creek Road.

    It’s about to be even tighter — a least for a few days.

    Roane County Road Department is closing one lane of travel on the bridge to repair railing damaged when a vehicle crashed into it last week.

    “We’ll probably be working all day from 8:30 to about 5 o’clock,” Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said Friday.

    “It’ll probably take two or three days — and might take longer.”

  • Abandoned asphalt pile was road department’s

    The pile of asphalt that was left abandoned on the side of Creekwood Road belonged to the Roane County Road Department.

    Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said employees Mike Sensaboy, Gage Patterson and Matthew Bolden were filling in potholes on the road and dumped the asphalt after it got cold.

    “They weren’t just out riding down the road trying to waste asphalt,” Ferguson said. “That wasn’t it. It just got cold. It would have gotten cold on me, or you, or anybody.”

  • Harriman to finance $1.5 million for paving

    Harriman City Council will possibly pass a budget next month that includes financing of approximately $1.5 million for paving.

    “One of the biggest things that I am proud of in the budget is the money set aside for paving,” Mayor Chris Mason said.

    “We need to and are going to try to find a way to fund paving every year in the future, as well as maintain the storm drains.”

    The latter, in particular, have him concerned.

  • Man charged with assault

    Levi Comer, a 25-year-old Rockwood man, is accused of holding his girlfriend hostage.

    Comer is charged with aggravated assault and kidnapping in the incident, which reportedly occurred at 321 Vernal Ave., Harriman. Comer allegedly used a knife in the incident.

    Sgt. James Wadsworth said in the warrant that he saw blood at the scene.

    “I also observed two knives on the coffee table,” he said.

    Wadsworth said he also observed dried up blood on a shirt the alleged victim said she was wearing during the assault.

  • Smoot murder case weakened

    A major blow was dealt to the state’s first-degree murder case against Shawn Nelson Smoot on Thursday.

    Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen approved a defense motion to suppress evidence police obtained during a search of Smoot’s residence.

    Defense attorney Bob Jolley argued the warrant that authorized the search violated the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution because it didn’t specify what police were looking for.