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  • Harriman club hits century mark

    Harriman Drama Club is 100 years old this year, and it’s got a rich history of women who enjoyed time together over a good story.

    The club members will be celebrating the milestone with a dinner at Adelaide’s in Kingston on Wednesday, May 2, at 1 p.m.

    “We’re going to wear hats, maybe period hats,” said Jo Hardin, celebration committee chairwoman.

    The luncheon will kick off with the women meeting on the porch with their hats for photographs.

  • Pipe ‘bomb’ report a bust

    Authorities responded to Roane Metals Group Tuesday morning to investigate a report of a possible pipe bomb.  

    “The device wasn’t an explosive device,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said. “It was a piece of pipe, and it had a hole drilled in the end that resembled what a pipe bomb would be like.”

    Roane Metals is located at 284 Cardiff Valley Road in the Roane County Industrial Park. The Knox County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad responded to the scene.

  • Rockwood shopping center gets new lease on life

    What was once being looked at as a new home for a church is now being marketed and developed by a group of three couples, including Rockwood City Councilwoman Jane Long and her husband, Glen.

    Courts of Praise Church in Harriman, which is now meeting at the Princess Theatre until their new sanctuary can be completed, was originally looking at the complex that included the old Kroger shopping center.

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  • UPDATED w/second holdup: Bank of America in Kingston robbed

    Authorities say a man suspected of robbing the Bank of America in Kingston on Tuesday is also believed to have robbed a BB&T Bank in Loudon County less than an hour before. The BB&T robbery occurred at approximately 3:05 p.m. According to the FBI, the suspect handed the teller a note demanding money. He used the same tactic when he robbed the Bank of America on North Kentucky Street at approximately 3:47 p.m.

  • Mullins suing county, owes taxes

    If current funding levels remain the same, the winner of this year’s race for road superintendent will inherit a budget of close to $4 million.

    “I think the people deserve a road superintendent who could help watch after their money and make sure the money is spent the proper way,” candidate Brian Mullins said.

    Mullins insists that person is him, despite a paper trail that shows a bankruptcy and thousands of dollars in unpaid county taxes.

  • Mayfield son gets ticket for tire cut

    Tyler Threadgill and Jordan Powell may not attend any more Scottie Mayfield campaign events.

    When they stopped to observe one at the Roane County Courthouse on April 24, Mayfield’s son cut the stem on one of Threadgill’s tires.

    “If this is the kind of campaign they’re going to run, maybe not,” Powell said.  

    Threadgill and Powell are supporters of 3rd District Congressman Chuck Fleischmann. Mayfield is one of three people challenging Fleischmann in the Aug. 2 Republican Primary.

  • Grinding crash involved official’s wife

    Rockwood police are investigating a late March crash that injured two people, one of whom is the wife of a city official.

    Mildred Renee Jolly, 35, and 20-year-old Cody A. Wright, both of Rockwood, were taken to a Knoxville hospital for treatment of injuries sutained in the crash, said Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett.

    Jolly is married to first-term Rockwood City Council member Jason Jolly.

  • Leffew, Foster officially in new city capacities

    Rockwood has a new city judge and a new city attorney, both of whom were sworn in last week.

    Greg Leffew, who was sitting city judge, vacated that seat in order to serve as the city attorney, a position left vacant due to the death of longtime city attorney Elmer Rich in late March.

    “Now you have to come sit at the hot seat,” city recorder Becky Ruppe told Leffew in reference to the seat where Rich once sat at her table in City Council chambers.