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  • Dry Bones Shelter aims to give Warm Beginnings

    A shelter to help people get on their feet has been a dream of Dwayne Linger’s for more than a year.

    He saw his vision come to fruition with this week’s opening of the project, officially called “Dry Bones” Shelter with Warm Beginnings.

    “It’s here, and it’s a blessing to see what God has done,” Linger said. “We can’t do it without Him.”

  • It’s official: Rockwood water rates going up

    Water customers in Rockwood will be paying more soon.

    The Rockwood City Council approved final reading on a 2.5 percent rate increase on water rates at its meeting Monday, Feb. 27.

    One customer said he preferred this small increase rather than bigger ones down the road.

    “I think with that 2.5, if that is what we are speaking of, that is good,” said Glenn Gabriel.

    It will make inside the city minimum rates for 1 to 200 cubic feet $13.07. Outside rates will be $22.85 and those living in South Roane County will be $29.77.

  • County ad hoc board to look into lake weeds

    The Roane County Commission and the County Environmental Review Board are rolling up their sleeves and getting to work addressing the issue of invasive aquatic weeds.

    The action follows a Feb. 6 informational workshop for Commission and the public. The workshop attracted several hundred property owners, fishermen and others interested in how the county will deal with the weeds.

    Commission Chairman Ron Berry said Monday that he will be putting together an ad hoc weed study committee later this month.

  • Poo for the POOL

    All eyes were on Clyde the Donkey at Roane State’s Henry Stafford East Tennessee Agricultural Exposition Center Tuesday evening, as Roane Aquatics hosted a “donkey drop” to raise funds that will go toward enclosing the swimming pool at Rockwood Community Center.

    “We’re trying to raise $100,000,” said Cassandra Dothard, the club’s president.

  • Convicted sex offender sentenced to 18 years

    A convicted sex offender is going to prison after pleading guilty to more sex crimes earlier this week.

    Christopher John Clark, 52, was indicted in 2014 on three counts of child rape.

    He reached a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty on Monday to two counts of aggravated sexual battery.

    Clark was sentenced to nine years on each count. The sentences will run consecutively for a total sentence of 18 years.

    The third count was dismissed as part of his plea deal, which also prohibits him from contacting the victim.

  • Doctor hires attorney to fight DUI

    Harriman doctor Clary Foote has hired Kingston attorney Pat Cooley to defend him against a DUI charge.

    Cooley declined to comment on the case when approached about it at the Roane County Courthouse Tuesday morning. The next hearing in the case is scheduled for March 20.

    Foote is charged with DUI, registration violation, proof of insurance and failure to yield. He was indicted by the Roane County grand jury last October.

  • Chillin’ out with Chili
  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Our village idiots are all right here at home

    In all likelihood, most of our readers are too young to remember a popular insult that made the rounds some years ago when someone had made a particularly stupid remark, or committed a particularly stupid act.

    It went something like this: “Some where in America, a village has lost its idiot. I think I’ve just found him.”

  • Utility worker racks up DUI in HUB truck

    A Harriman Utility Board employee has been charged with driving under the influence after rear-ending a vehicle and fleeing the scene in one of the utility’s trucks on Saturday.

    Kim Trent Harmon, 61, 150 Turner Drive, was also charged with leaving the scene (property damage only) and following too closely. He was booked into the Roane County Jail that evening.

    “HUB has had no knowledge of any irregularities while Mr. Harmon has been on duty,” HUB Manager Bill Young said. “He was suspended without pay until further notice.”

  • Student teacher charged with contacting minor

    A man who worked as a student teacher at Oliver Springs High School is accused of making inappropriate online contact with a student.

    Travis Lee Tucker, 32, was indicted by the Roane County grand jury last week on two counts of solicitation of a minor.

    According to a report filed in the case, Oliver Springs High School Principal Justin Nivens notified authorities about the allegations last year.