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  • Snow, ice wreak havoc on roads

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Roane County’s roadways — including its state thoroughfares — aren’t looking their best right now.

    The wintry weather can be blamed.

    “Potholes are created when moisture seeps into the pavement, freezes, expands and then thaws,” according to the maintenance division with the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

    “This weakens the pavement. Traffic loosens it even more, and it eventually crumbles and pops out.”

  • Harriman attorney search may be at end

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Harriman officials may have picked Allison Rehn to be the next city attorney, but the issue isn’t over yet.

    City Council members were not exactly sure how to go about hiring the Harriman resident — whether by appointment or retainer — and whether the city would need to hold a special-called election to fill the spot until 2016, when the position would be up for reelection under the old charter.

  • OS man facing charges from late February crash

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Joshua M. Brown, a 33-year-old Oliver Springs man, is facing charges in a Feb. 27 wreck on Hwy. 61.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Brown was driving an 1993 Orange Jeep Cherokee when he crossed the center line and struck another vehicle.

    “Driver was on several prescribed narcotics,” the warrant said.

    The warrant also said Brown “had signs of illegal drug use on arms/feet.”

    He was charged with DUI and vehicular assault.

  • A CHANCE TO MAKE A CHANGE

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Ali Woods fell in love with Africa when she visited there, first on a mission trip to Malawi in 2010 and later living in South Africa a short time with a missionary and his wife in 2013.

    The Oliver Springs woman will soon get the chance to fall in love with other parts of the world. She leaves next January to join the World Race, a Christian missions journey that has racers traveling to 11 countries in 11 months to serve those in need.

  • Ferguson also cited for seat belt, insurance violations

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    In addition to a DUI charge, Roane County Commissioner Greg Ferguson was also cited for two violations in a March 2 traffic stop that landed him in jail.

    The citations were for a seat belt violation and financial responsibility, which means Ferguson didn’t provide proof of insurance.

    According to the warrant on the DUI charge, the seat belt violation is what initially led Trooper Alexander Evans to pull over Ferguson over in Midtown.

  • Alliance report reflects positive change

    The year 2014 was a year of great transition and change for The Roane Alliance — and for Roane County.

    Changes in leadership and structure, as well as new challenges in an ever-changing world are only part of the story, said Wade Creswell, The Roane Alliance president and CEO.

    “The changes that were implemented and planned were made for one overarching purpose — to make Roane County more united and effective in raising the quality of life for all who live, work, and visit here,” he explained.

  • Community pulls together for DAV van purchase

    KAITLIN KEANE/Roane Newspapers

    Members of the community join Disabled American Veterans Post 86 at Jerry Duncan Ford for the purchase of a new van to take Roane area veterans to VA facilities in Nashville and Murfreesboro for medical treatment. DAV van rider coordinator John Maliskey accepted the keys on his post’s behalf. “The community support was so overwhelming that it almost took your breath away,” he said. “I’m deeply grateful.”

  • Dem county convention doors open at 10:45 a.m., close at noon

    Roane County Democrats are reminded that they need to arrive at Rockwood City Hall by noon March 21 for the Roane County Democratic Party’s county convention.

    Roane County Democratic Party spokesman Bob Cowan said doors will open at 10:45 a.m. for registration at Rockwood City Hall at 110 N. Chamberlain Ave.

    Doors will close promptly at noon; no one will be admitted afterward.

    Roane County Democrats will elect new leaders during the leadership convention, which is open to any bona fide Democrat who lives in Roane County.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: We remember the snows of yesteryear

    Before beginning our lament about the Arctic-like conditions of the past several days, we must admit that we have enjoyed one opportunity it has presented, i. e. the opportunity to do our W.C. Fields impression of his line from “The Fatal Glass of Beer.”

    Few, if any of our younger readers will recognize the name W.C. Fields, but a few members of old geezerdom will recall this once very famous name. He began his life as an entertainer with an act as a comic juggler on the old vaudeville circuit, and moved onward and upward into films and radio.

  • Woman charged in robbery

    Rockwood police charged Stephanie Lynn Foland and two others in an alleged robbery that occurred last month. Foland, 25, was arrested on Monday.

    Foland was a passenger in a car that was involved in a police shooting on Feb. 9.

    Her boyfriend, Christopher Lee Powers, allegedly rammed Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy John Mayes’ patrol car, which prompted Mayes to fire several shots into the windshield.

    Powers was shot multiple times, but Foland avoided being hit.

    She said Mayes pulled up and started shooting without cause.