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  • County budget director fired

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody fired county budget director Kaley Walker on Monday.

    He declined to provide an explanation when asked why.

    “I don’t comment on personnel issues,” he said.

    A two-sentence letter he wrote to Walker on Monday didn’t provide an explanation, either.

    “This letter is to inform you that your services are no longer needed by Roane County Government effective Aug. 29, 2016,” the letter said. “You will receive pay through today and a two week severance payment.”

  • Nostalgia on tap at Commission session

    For years, Roane County Commission Chairman Ron Berry thought it would be neat to hold a meeting in the old courthouse.

    He’ll get the chance to see that come to fruition this month.

    The Commission has scheduled its Sept. 12 regular meeting at the old courthouse.

    “I think it could be a super fun day,” he said. “A very historic day for us.”

    Commissioners meet in regular session each month of the year.

  • Hooray for HARRIMAN

    Celebrating Harriman and its rich history is a family affair for Rebecca Schwepfinger, her mother Betsy Schwepfinger and late maternal grandmother Alberta Ross.

    Alberta Ross and Betsy Schwepfinger were part of the team who helped organize the city’s 100th anniversary activities, and now Rebecca Schwepfinger, the city’s special events and public relations coordinator, is kicking off 125th anniversary activities at this year’s Hooray for Harriman Labor Day festival.

    “I wish Nana could have seen it,” said Rebecca Schwepfinger.

  • Alleged Facebook stalking, harassment heads to grand jury

    The criminal cases against a 63-year-old Rockwood woman were bound over to the Roane County grand jury last month.

    Emma Jo Chambers was arrested twice in April. The first time she was charged with misdemeanor stalking and the second arrest was for harassment.

    Both cases involve the same alleged victim, Brian Phillips.

    He accused Chambers of driving by his residence and job, and making disparaging comments about him on Facebook.

  • Woman first hospitalized, then jailed after I-40 crash

    Kelly L. Boyd, a 46-year-old Hermitage woman, had a rough weekend.

    On Friday, she wrecked her 1999 Ford SUV on Interstate 40 in Roane County. Lifestar helicopter responded to the scene to fly Boyd to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.

    The wreck was investigated by Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Paul Dubroc. According to his arrest report, Boyd was driving under the influence at the time of the crash.

  • County officials to be sworn in today

    Peggy Collier had never ran for public office prior to this year.

    However, she was no stranger to what the endeavor entailed. Her late husband, Bobby Collier, was elected to the Roane County Commission five times.

    “I knew what to expect and I knew what it was like,” she said.

    Collier was appointed to her husband’s District 6 seat on the Commission after he passed away last year.

    She will get to serve out his four-year term, thanks to her victory in this month’s election.

  • Carbon-fiber industry coming to ORNL

    From staff reports

    The announcement about an agreement between a carbon fiber company and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory has Roane County officials excited.

    “Goes to show the strength of relationship building over the years allowing ORNL, Oak Ridge and Roane County to show what we are about and how we can positively impact companies and improve quality of life,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

  • Argument takes deadly turn

    A 23-year-old Harriman man is dead from a gunshot wound inflicted by a juvenile at a Byrd Avenue home in downtown Harriman around 7:35 p.m. Sunday.

    Harriman Police Department is investigating the shooting death of MarStratton Gordon, a U.S. Army soldier stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky.

  • Harriman Council vacancies won’t be on November ballot

    Harriman City Council’s upcoming vacancies will not be on the Nov. 8 ballot.

    Harriman City Council defeated an ordinance for a special election to fill two vacancies. The vacancies will be left by Wayne Best, who will become mayor on Sept. 1, and Allen Hickman, who qualified to run for Council before he was appointed the city’s recreation director.

    The voters elected Hickman, whose name remained on the Aug. 4 ballot. He has said he wants to continue as recreation director.