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  • Rockwood recipient of state energy grant

    The city of Rockwood is the recipient of a $14,274 in Clean Tennessee Energy Grant.

    “It is becoming increasingly difficult for county budgets to keep up with utility costs,” said state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Kingston.

    “With taxpayers funding the cost, it is very important that we utilize energy efficient methods to control them.

    “I congratulate our local officials who worked hard to secure these funds.”

  • OS Cemetery work continues

    Work in the Oliver Springs Cemetery to determine family plots and individual coffin locations continues, but there is still much to be done.

    Tammi Barger, who is a member of the Oliver Springs Cemetery Committee and has been spearheading the effort, recently reported to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen that the work was roughly one-third completed.

    She is still seeking input from the community to help identify unmarked graves and empty plots.

    “I know of nine empty plots ... and some stones are unmarked,” she said.

  • Man on parole for vehicular homicide found asleep at wheel

    A man convicted in a 2007 vehicular homicide case was reportedly found asleep behind the wheel of a car last month.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Jessica West charged Bryan K. Howard with driving on a revoked license and simple possession in the incident.

    According to the warrant, Victoria Edwards said she noticed a male slumped over in a car on the side of the cemetery on Sugar Grove Valley.

    “She turned around and attempted to wake him by yelling, and he did not respond,” the warrant said.

  • Reporter's Notebook: Smoot swiftly moved to prison

    Authorities accommodated convicted killer Shawn Smoot’s request for immediate transfer into the custody of the Tennessee Department of Correction.

    “I contacted TDOC and requested expedited processing in Smoot,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said Friday. “They made a place for him in Bledsoe (County Correctional Complex), so I contacted Roane County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Rick Baker, and they are taking him there today.”

    Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said Smoot left the Roane County Jail for the prison Friday morning.

  • Jackson new to school board

    The Roane County Board of Education will look pretty much the same come September.

    The incumbents swept their races in Thursday’s election.

    Darrell “Drack” Langley and Danny Wright each received 42 percent of the vote in District 2, according to unofficial returns from the Roane County Election Commission. Their lone challenger, T.J. Miller, garnered just 15 percent.

  • Ferguson handily re-elected road superintendent

    Roane County voters overwhelmingly showed their support for Dennis Ferguson on Thursday by re-electing him to a second term as road superintendent.

    “I want to thank the good Lord, first and foremost, for giving me the chance to do this,” Ferguson said just after the polls closed. “And then I want to thank all my friends and family for supporting me. I also want to thank all my employees for their hard work. I appreciate everyone so much. From my years as a legislator and now as road superintendent.”

  • Best bests competitors for Harriman mayor

    The voters in Harriman have spoken, and they feel the best man for the job of mayor is Wayne Best.

    “Excited. Proud. Humble,” Best said Thursday night when he found out he would be the city’s next mayor.

    “I’m at a loss of words for how I feel about Harriman right now. I didn’t think I’d ever make this speech. I want to thank all the citizens of Harriman, even the ones that didn’t support me I want to thank for coming out and voting.”

  • Hartup ousts Morgan

    You just never know what the future holds.

    Molly Leggins Hartup is an example of that.

    “I had no idea when I started working in the assessor’s office in 2007 that I would one day be the property assessor,” she said.

    The day that she never foresaw is a reality now, thanks to her victory in Thursday’s election.

    Hartup defeated incumbent David Morgan and two other challengers to win the property assessor’s race.

    She will take over the job on Sept. 1.

  • Former public works director arrested with weapons

      Former Rockwood Public Works Director Tom Pierce was arrested Friday afternoon after a tip he was threatening to kill people in Rockwood, specifically a former Rockwood official.

  • Hartup thanks Roane County for election win

    Molly Leggins Hartup started campaigning for Roane County property assessor in July 2015.

    The months of stumping paid off on Thursday as she was able to beat three challengers to become the next property assessor.

    “Thank you Roane County so very much,” Hartup said. “Thank you for your vote, and thank you for believing in me.”