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  • Riley Creek ‘a tremendous asset’

    Members of Roane County government and TVA were on hand at Riley Creek Campground Wednesday afternoon to cut the ribbon on the facility’s new pavilion.

    The pavilion was a joint project between the two entities, with TVA donating $20,000 while Roane County provided the labor, equipment and the remaining cost of materials.

  • Puckett sentencing hearing rescheduled

    The sentencing hearing scheduled in federal court this Thursday for Stephanie Puckett has been reset to Aug. 18.

    She and her husband, Michael, were charged along with numerous others in a pill conspiracy last year.

    Stephanie Puckett worked at number of pain clinics in and around Knoxville, and admitted to accepting bribes from drug dealers to ensure people they sponsored obtained pills. She also had her own group of pill gatherers.

  • Sign up kids for pre-K, kindergarten this week

    Roane County Schools will have kindergarten and pre-K registration for the 2016-17 school year this week.

    Registration will be from 2 to 5:30 p.m. April 14, and from 7:30 to 11 a.m. April 15.

    For information, call the school district’s central office at 376-5592 or the school at which registration will take place.

    School phone numbers are Bowers (Harriman), 882-1185; Dyllis Springs (Oliver Springs), 435-6357; Kingston, 376-5252; Midtown, 882-1228; Midway, 376-2341; or Ridge View (Rockwood), 354-2111.

  • Gas leak closes Bowers early

    Harriman Utility Board responded to gas leak at the intersection of Pine Ridge Road and Ruritan Road on Friday.

    “The Rogers Group that’s doing the road work, they got into our gas line out there,” HUB Manager Bill Young said Friday afternoon. “Our guys are out there repairing it right now.”

    Students at nearby Bowers Elementary School were released early because of the leak.

  • Federal prosecutor opposes new hearing for Houston

    Assistant U.S. Attorney David Jennings has laid out his case on why the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals should not grant Rocky Houston a new hearing. A three judge panel of the Sixth Circuit upheld Houston’s firearms conviction in February. Houston now wants a hearing before all the judges that serve in the Sixth Circuit.

  • Let sleeping ducks lie

    Lucky ducks!

    A pair of quackers spend part of a sunny spring day copping a few Z’s on the banks of Watts Bar Lake last week.

    It’s possible that all three were a-snooze, but one early bird untucked her head to give the camera a coy look and pose prettily while her friends remained undisturbed in their beauty slumber.

  • Harriman gas leak closes Bowers Elementary early
  • Putting around keeps 90-year-old Pierce young

    Most people think of a 90-year-old man as someone who has trouble getting around.

    Then again, most people haven’t met Fred Pierce.

    The Harriman man not only gets around with grace and ease, but most days he can still be found chasing down birdies at Harriman’s Emory Golf and Country Club.

    “I try to play a couple of times a week,” Pierce said, although those at Emory said he plays pretty much every day of the week.

  • Teens caught after separate escapes

    Two teens escaped from Roane Academy Tuesday afternoon.

    “There were two separate incidents,” Omni Visions President and CEO Steve Norris said. “Sort of back to back.”

    The teens reportedly got away by scaling a fence at the facility.

    “We’ve got a mesh material on that fence that prevents getting a hand hold,” Norris said. “Somehow they managed to find a weak spot in it and tear it so they could get their fingers in the line and they were able to pull themselves over.”

  • 3 on ballot for road chief, 4 for assessor

    This year’s county election will not include Mark Patton.

    The former constable who was ousted from office in 2009, did not return his petition to run for Roane County property assessor by Thursday’s noon deadline.

    “We had heard that he wasn’t, and then some people said that he was,” Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said. “I didn’t have any idea.”