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  • Another teen escapes Roane Academy

    Roane Academy, a juvenile treatment facility for boys in the Roane County Industrial Park, had another escape on Monday.

    “A van was pulling in the facility there,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said. “As the people were getting out, the juvenile just walked away from the facility.”

    Phillips said the juvenile later surrendered to an off-duty sheriff’s deputy who lives in the Rockwood area.

  • Second man dies after fatal Philadelphia highway accident

    Another person involved in a July 2 fatal wreck in Roane County has died. Ronald Joe Miller passed away on July 9 at University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. He was 67.

  • Safer downtown crossings on tap

    Pedestrians now have a better idea whether it’s safe to cross the road at the intersection of Roane and Georgia streets in downtown Harriman.

    The Harriman Utility Board has replaced the “walk/don’t walk signs” with improved versions at that intersection.

    HUB will also be doing traffic signal work at other intersections soon.

    “The two intersections being changed are at Webster Road and the intersection at Emory and Roane just past the Sonic,” said HUB manager Bill Young.

  • Roane State’s Boynton dies

    A former Roane State basketball player who came back to volunteer as an assistant coach died unexpectedly last week.

    Jerry Thomas Boynton Jr., 41, of Rockwood, and formerly of the Chattanooga area, died July 6. He leaves behind two daughters.

    Coach Randy Nesbit was surprised by his death. He said Boynton had struggled with health issues, including a problem with chronic blood clots.

  • Patriotic park art sparks interest

    A hand-drawn bit of patriotism appeared on the basketball court at Roane County Park last week.

    The striking blends of red, white and blue took Casey Milliken only an afternoon to create.

    Milliken, of Rockwood, didn’t set out to make a powerful piece. She was just spending time with her family at the park. Milliken met with her cousin, Charles Evans and his daughters, Kyra and Keira.

    “I told him to pick up some sidewalk chalk,” Milliken said.


    Roll-call votes go by alphabetical order, so Roane County Commissioner David Bell got to voice his position first Monday night on the resolution setting the budget appropriations for the 2015-16 fiscal year.

    He voted “yes,” and seven other commissioners did likewise, which allowed the resolution to pass by an 8-7 vote.

    The packed commission room let out a round of applause after the votes were tallied.


    Area real estate agents got a sneak peek at waterfront homes and properties along the Emory River that will be offered for sale as part of a TVA auction on July 25.

    “They recognize this is an opportunity for them to help some of the people they are working with to hopefully find a home,” said J. Scott King, executive vice president of sales for J.P King Auction Company Inc., which will conduct the auction

    The 22 homes and 39 home sites range from large homes with open living spaces and scenic outdoor space to empty grassy lots ideal for future homes.

  • Moldy jail? Report cites issue

    Denise Messer, a detention facility specialist with the Tennessee Corrections Institute, noted mold issues during a recent inspection of the Roane County Jail.

    “Mold and or mildew are present on shower walls and above shower areas in the housing areas,” Messer wrote in her June 17 inspection report.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said inmates are responsible for cleaning up their shower and toilet areas.

    “Sometimes they don’t do such a great job,” Phillips said.

  • No tax rate, but budget still on

    Despite what’s happened the past two years, Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said he’s taking an optimistic attitude into the County Commission meeting.

    “I still have a good feeling about it,” Aytes said.

    The commission meets today – Monday – at 7 p.m. at the courthouse in Kingston.

  • Man accused of trying to ignite girlfriend has charge dropped

    The aggravated domestic assault case against Tyler Wright was dismissed in Roane County General Sessions Court last week.

    Wright was accused of pouring lighter fluid on his girlfriend during an April 28 dispute at 518 Greenwood St., Kingston.

    Officers reported seeing burned paper and clothing on the road and sidewalk in front of the house.

    Wright’s girlfriend, Hayley Jones, also reportedly told police she feared for her safety after Wright poured lighter fluid on clothes and on her.