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  • Rockwood OK’s $489,000 airport grant

    The Rockwood City Council on Monday approved acceptance of a $489,000 grant to make repairs to the Rockwood Municipal Airport.

    The grant, which requires 5-percent matching funds, will be used for general maintenance and upkeep, according to Councilman and Airport Committee Chairman Jason Jolly.

    “We had our airport engineer come up with a list,” he said.

    Projects to be completed include coating and sealing cracks on the pavement. Bids will be taken on the project and monitored by Atkins Engineering.

  • Stabbed man found at Margrave door

    A Margrave Drive woman found a man at her door suffering a stab wound on Monday.

    Harriman police responded to 104 Margrave Drive on a call that the man, identified as Robert Griffin, just showed up at the door holding his neck, which was bleeding.

    The victim was airlifted to University of Tennessee Medical Center, where he was taken to surgery.

    “We haven’t been able to talk to the victim. We are hoping in a day or two he’ll be alert and his mind will be clear,” said Police Chief Derek Pacifico.

  • HUB makes history with first woman manager

    Harriman Utility Board approved its first female manager Monday when board members unanimously voted for the hiring of Candace Vannasdale.

    Vannasdale, manager of the gas water and sewer administration and engineering, will start May 1 contingent on approval of the finalization of her contract.

    Lonnie Wright, the Harriman City Council representative on the board, said he is confident she’ll do a great job.

    Chairman Buddy Bowers said he is impressed with Vannasdale’s vision for the future.


    The Roane County Commission could vote in the coming months on how to pay for a $68 million plan that would combine three high schools and shuffle around other schools.

    School officials and Lewis Group Architects revealed the plan to County Commissioners and the public during a work session at Roane State Community College on Tuesday.

    “This isn’t the end,” Commission Chairman Ron Berry said. “This is just the beginning.”

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Local echoes of St. Mary’s, MD, school shooting

    This week, gentle reader, my major topic is of a more restricted interest than usual, in that it addresses my family’s history.

    However, since it necessarily encompasses a goodly portion of the native Roane County population, it may, in fact concern you, gentle reader, for there are so many of you who have in your family tree the Ladd brothers who came to this county and settled early in the second decade of the Nineteenth Century.

  • More suing ash spill contractor

    Another lawsuit has been filed over the TVA ash spill cleanup. This one, which includes more than 100 plaintiffs, was filed in Roane County Circuit Court.

    Jacobs Engineering Group, Rogers Group and EnSafe Engineering Services and EnSafe Inc. are named as defendants.

  • Court: Old toll road not public

    A Chancellor has ruled that Old Stage Road was abandoned decades ago.

    As such, the former 19th-century toll road near the Rhea County line is not a public road, Chancellor Elizabeth C. Asbury’s judgment declared.

    The dispute began when A. Julian Ahler, who owns property accessible by what eventually became a public road, filed suit against property owner Steve Scarborough and his wife Annie.

  • Morgan man serving time for tax evasion

    Morgan County businessman Joseph Armes II is serving his prison sentence at federal facility in Alabama.

    Earlier this year Armes was sentenced to 366 days by U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Phillips.

    According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Armes is incarcerated at a minimum security federal prison camp in Montgomery, the Alabama state capital. His projected release date is Jan. 10, 2019.

    Armes was involved in a conspiracy that defrauded the federal government of more than $1 million.

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