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  • Man accused of holding teen hostage

    A juvenile female was allegedly held hostage by a wanted man last week. Kenneth Michael John is charged with evading arrest and false imprisonment in the incident.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office incident report, John had outstanding warrants for aggravated assault, aggravated robbery and theft of property under $500.

    Cpl. Kyle Canup and Capt. Tim Hawn with the sheriff’s office went to 678 Skyline Drive to arrest him on those warrants on Feb. 28.

  • Celebrating a century of Turnip

    In his 100 years, Ernest Rose has set quite an example to live by.

    The charming centenarian known by many as “Turnip” was celebrated — first last weekend at a crowded room in

    Shoney’s Restaurant, then again on his actual birthday, Wednesday, March 1, at Harriman’s McDonalds.

    It’s proof that his sweet presence has touched many lives.

    “I’m proud of the whole crowd. I’m proud of everyone here,” said
    Rose.

  • Jeggings jam up dress code

    The Roane County Board of Education’s dress code policy doesn’t mention leggings or Jeggings, but that could change.
    Both leggings and Jeggings, a tight type of skinny jeans, were discussed during a meeting of the board’s Dress Code Policy Committee on Thursday.  
    “We may have to have a point about Jeggings, leggings, etc.,” Roane County Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said. “There may have to be a talking point around it.”

  • Sheriff investigating Friday shooting

    Police responded to a shooting at 224 Pickard Hollow Road Friday morning.
    “Officers arrived on scene and found a Brian Keith Bunch with a gunshot wound to the chest,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said. “He was shot by a 9 mm handgun one time in the chest.”
    As of Friday afternoon, no charges had been filed against the shooter, who Stockton identified as Scott McCoy.

  • Second to rec director coming in April

    Harriman should have an assistant parks and recreation director by sometime in April.
    City Manager Kevin Helms said they are advertising the position and hope to offer it to someone in the coming weeks.
    “We were going to take applications at least until through the 9th and weren’t really going to start taking any action on it until after that,” he added.
    From there, it would depend on the notice the candidate would need to give to their current employers.

  • What’s the special at the Readers Café?

    Green Eggs and Ham were heavily ordered Friday at Kingston Elementary School’s SeussReaders Café.

    In conjunction with the birthday of Dr. Seuss, the Café allows second-grade students at the school to read some of Dr. Seuss’ classics to other students.

  • 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.