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Today's News

  • DCS worker fired after assault charge

    Tom Hogan lost his job with the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services following his arrest for an alleged domestic assault in Asheville, N.C.

    “I understand that he was sent a termination letter on May 13, 2015,” DCS spokesman Rob Johnson said.

    Hogan, who has a Harriman address, was arrested by members of the Roane County Sheriff’s Office on May 13. Sheriff Jack Stockton said Hogan was wanted by the Asheville Police Department for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend.

  • Obstacles in cleanup keep maze in place

    Roane County may make progress this month in the cleanup of the old Miller & Brewer building site and demolition of remaining structures on that block.

    However, progress doesn’t mean people should look for falling buildings and heavy equipment just yet.

    County purchasing agent Lynn Farnham recently told Harriman City Council they were set to open bids June 4, but that doesn’t mean someone will be out there starting work on June 5.  

  • Roane school employees retire

    Roane County Schools said goodbye to 28 employees during a retirement reception Wednesday.

    Those who are leaving include:

    • Linda Bailey, transportation, 29 years.

    • Elizabeth Borum, Harriman High, 14 years.

    • Flo Bowman, Ridge View Elementary, 22 years.

    • Mary Byrd, Oliver Springs High, 30 years.

    • Gena Cates, Ridge View Elementary, 13 years.

    • Lesha Clark, Bowers Elementary, 32 1/2 years.

    • Laura Dailey, Roane County High, 30 years.

  • County raises still in budget, just smaller

    The Roane County Budget Committee considered recommending a 3-percent raise for employees, but opted for a 1.5-percent increase in its final proposal.

    Register of Deeds Sharon Brackett said she’s not surprised the proposed raise got reduced.

    “The employees are always the last people that they take care of,” she said. “Sorry to say, but it’s the truth.”

    Brackett was first elected register of deeds in 2006. Prior to that, she was an employee in the office.

  • Two couples, man, charged in burglaries

    Police made headway in a number of burglary cases in recent days.

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office arrested two suspects on Wednesday — Amanda Ileen Brown and Jesse Lee Duncan.

    Both are charged with aggravated burglary and theft of property from $10,000 to $60,000.

    Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said suspected stolen items were recovered, including guns, knives, coins and jewelry. Phillips was tight-lipped about the details surrounding the arrests because the investigation is ongoing.

  • Courthouse security better, still flawed

    Roane County has done a lot to improve security at the courthouse in recent years. The building now includes a vehicle sallyport, which allows officers to pull into a secure location and unload prisoners.

    There’s also a walk-through metal detector and surveillance cameras both inside and outside of the building.

    Despite the enhancements, Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said security flaws still exist. He pointed out two rooms where inmates are kept before entering the criminal courtroom.

  • Mr. & Mrs. Carter 60th

    Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Carter will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on June 4.

    Mr. Carter and the former Jean Phillips were married on June 4, 1955, in the Frost Bottom community of Oliver Springs.

    He is retired from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and she is retired from ORNL Federal Credit Union.

    The couple has two children, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

  • Military Matters: Hali B. Morris

    U.S. Army Pfc. Hali B. Morris recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

    A 2012 graduate of Midway High School, she is the daughter of Jennifer L. Morris of Cleveland and Clay G. Morris of Kingston.

    Her grandfather is Garvin A. Morris of Lenoir City.

    During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, and physical fitness.

  • Military Matters: Mersadies K.L. Pass

    U.S. Air Force Airman Mersadies K.L. Pass recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.

    She is the daughter of Scott and Amanda S. Pass of Rockwood.

    Her uncle is Randy C. Pass of Kingston.

    The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

  • GUEST OPINION: Enjoy TN state parks on Trails Day

    By KEN YAGER
    State Senator, 12th District
    School is out and summer is in.  

    There is nowhere better to enjoy summer activities than Tennessee’s beautiful state parks.  

    A state park is within an hour’s drive of just about anywhere in Tennessee.