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  • Hear how TVA changed life in East Tennessee

    A free program about how TVA changed the landscape and supported the war effort in East Tennessee will take place this week in Oak Ridge.

    A Manhattan Project National Historical Park ranger will discuss the federal program at 1 p.m. July 21 in the American Museum of Science and Energy.

    The American Museum of Science and Energy is located at 300 S. Tulane Ave. For directions, call 865-576-6767.

    The public is welcome to join Manhattan Project National Historical Park to help celebrate the National Park Service’s centennial.

  • Jobless rate at record low

    From staff reports

    Accelerating job growth across the state is pushing Roane County unemployment to a record low.

    The 3.4 percent rate calculated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for May marks the lowest recorded unemployment rate in Roane County history, according to officials with the Tennessee Governor’s Office.

    That marks a drop of 2.3 percent from last June’s recorded rate of 5.7 percent. The 3.4 percent rate means there were only 770 people not working in a labor force of 22,800 people.

  • Houses most affordable in Roane

    Locals don’t have to look far to find the most affordable place in the country to purchase a home. They live in it, according to a report released last month.

    The report was conducted by ATTOM Data Solutions, and Roane County is at the top of the list in terms of lowest share of annualized wages (10.1 percent) to buy a median-priced home.

    “This is out of the 464 counties we analyzed for the report,” said Daren Blomquist, senior vice president of communications for ATTOM.

  • City unites to help veteran

    The Rockwood community is rallying to make sure one of the city’s veterans has a safe place that will welcome his beloved dog.

    John Geary keeps to himself, but he and his dog Lexie are a familiar sight to people in Rockwood.

    The loyal pooch follows her shy master everywhere, waiting patiently outside area businesses until he comes out.

    People began recently discussing the condemnation of his 407 Molyneux St. home, which has fallen into disrepair, and fears he’d end up on the street.

  • Police, deputies nab Ohio escapee

    An Ohio man wanted for escape was arrested in Rockwood on July 7.

    Officers with the Rockwood Police Department and deputies with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office found Ian Daniel Taylor at 430 Tedder St. According to an incident report, police received a tip he was there.

    “He was wanted in Van Wert County, Ohio, for an indictment on a charge of escape, felony of the third degree,” the report said. “Dispatch did verify full extradition.”

  • Sexton brothers made mark on Harriman

    One of the brothers who made the Sexton auto dealership an integral part of Harriman and its business community is turning 90.

    Lloyd Sexton will celebrate his 90th birthday this Saturday at Roane County Park from noon to 5 p.m. at the large shelter.

    “I’m hoping some of our close friends can come,” said wife Lorene.

    The couple was not only part of a successful business in Harriman. They were active members in Trinity Baptist for a number of years and later at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church.

  • BLESSED be the pets
  • Doctor’s DUI case settled

    A Roane County doctor charged with driving under the influence last year resolved his case in Roane County Criminal Court on Monday.

    Clary Foote pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of reckless driving.

    “Wasn’t guilty from the beginning,” Foote said, when contacted Tuesday morning. He declined further comment.

    Foote, now 68, was arrested by State Trooper Robert Woody on April 17, 2016.

    According to the warrant, Foote was driving a 1988 Chevy the wrong way on the 355 West on-ramp to Interstate 40.

  • Pit bull owner says biting reports news to him

    The owner of a pit bull that reportedly bit a woman is speaking out.

    “I still haven’t seen no proof,” Justin Morrison said. “I still haven’t been cited for it.”

    The alleged biting occurred on July 2. According to a Rockwood Police Department report, Bonnie L. Fradey of Harriman told Officer Rick Thomas she was walking when a pit bull came out of the yard at 600 N. Kingston Ave., and bit her on her left thumb.

  • County budget done deal with no tax hike

    Roane County employees will soon see a bump in their pay checks. The $106 million budget the County Commission passed Monday funds a 2 percent raise for employees.

    “It will probably be in their next check, retroactive to July 1,” County Executive Ron Woody said.