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  • Sewer issues put Crete project at risk

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    A project lauded by some and criticized by others appears to be in jeopardy.

    Crete Carrier announced in 2007 that it planned to invest $5.4 million in a new trucking facility on the site that was once home to Atomic Speedway.

    The 26-acre site fronts Interstate 40 in East Roane County and is next to the Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

    Leslie Henderson, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance, said the project is in peril because Crete is having trouble getting sewer service.

  • Hendersoon to make trip to Germany with Bredesen delegation

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A trip to Germany will give Roane County’s top industrial recruiter the chance to network with Volkswagen, which is building a plant in Chattanooga.

    Roane Alliance president Leslie Henderson will be heading to Europe this month as part of a trade delegation with Gov. Phil Bredesen.

    Roane is trying to lure companies that supply the automobile industry and are expected to locate in areas around the factory.

  • Man of steel: self-taught blacksmith forges ahead

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Some young people unwind in Internet chat rooms or with video games.

    Dillion Alley takes a different track in his off-time — one involving heat, soot and steel.

    The 20-year-old was fascinated by the blacksmith craft, and he decided to give it a try a year ago.

    Alley works in a rustic shed he built himself. He uses a concrete bowl, called a fire pot, as part of his forge and a blow-dryer-driven contraption his bellows.

  • Harriman police make arrests for meth making

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A Roane Medical Center-owned building on Roane Street was quarantined after Harriman Police found chemicals associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine in the basement on Friday.

    It had a 5-gallon glass jar containing the liquid components of methamphetamine, said Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle.

    Those flammable components had begun to form a gas, he said.

  • Paul Newman 'likeable rowdy'

    By TERRI LIKENS

    rceditor@bellsouth.net

    People all over the world are remembering Paul Newman as an actor, activist, race car driver and philanthropist.

    Dick Merian of Kingston can add a couple more labels: “fellow classmate” and “likeable rowdy.”

    Merian went to Kenyon College in Ohio with Newman, who died of cancer at his home in Connecticut last week.

    It was a respected men’s college of 385 people at the time.

  • Roane State working catching up financial aid paperwork

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A new software system has contributed to Roane State Community College’s delays in getting students their financial aid.

    In an attempt to catch up, Roane State Community College’s financial aid office closed last Thursday and Friday to focus on filing.

    To deal with the influx of paperwork, they have worked extra hours and hired four temporary employees, said Joy Goldberg, assistant vice president over the financial aid office.

  • Ruppe, Yager on the campaign trail

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    State senate candidates Ken Yager and Becky Ruppe have been making the rounds to cozy up to voters throughout the 12th District.

    On Thursday they attended a candidates forum at Luminary United Methodist Church in Ten Mile.

    The candidates discussed their backgrounds and made the case why they should be the district’s next senator.

    “I think I’ll be a good voice for this district,” Ruppe touted.

    “I’m qualified for this job because of my experience,” Yager said.

  • Harriman police arrest three

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Harriman police have found two meth-lab makings this month.

    The most recent was Monday, when Harriman police found a lab that was in the middle of cooking.

    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said they went to the house at 824 Unaka St. with a tip that they would find a stolen vehicle there. They found the vehicle and the active meth lab

  • Roane High principal under fire

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Tyler Overstreet's term on the Roane County Board of Education ended in August.

    Less than a week after the term expired, Overstreet and his wife filed a complaint against the board in Roane County Chancery Court.

    The Overstreets filed the complaint on Sept. 2 on behalf of their daughter.

  • Proud, sad day in Harriman

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    It was a somber celebration Sunday when crowds gathered at Harriman Riverfront Park to remember those who died in law enforcement.

    Hundreds stood in the bright sun, wiping away sweat — and the occasional tear — as the Roane County Law Enforcement Memorial was dedicated.

    “It has been a two-year labor of love for everyone involved,” said Harriman Patrolman Jess Rittenhouse.