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Today's News

  • Court: Old toll road not public

    A Chancellor has ruled that Old Stage Road was abandoned decades ago.

    As such, the former 19th-century toll road near the Rhea County line is not a public road, Chancellor Elizabeth C. Asbury’s judgment declared.

    The dispute began when A. Julian Ahler, who owns property accessible by what eventually became a public road, filed suit against property owner Steve Scarborough and his wife Annie.

  • Morgan man serving time for tax evasion

    Morgan County businessman Joseph Armes II is serving his prison sentence at federal facility in Alabama.

    Earlier this year Armes was sentenced to 366 days by U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Phillips.

    According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Armes is incarcerated at a minimum security federal prison camp in Montgomery, the Alabama state capital. His projected release date is Jan. 10, 2019.

    Armes was involved in a conspiracy that defrauded the federal government of more than $1 million.

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  • COX RETIRES FROM DISPATCH
  • Firefighters respond twice to blaze

    Harriman firefighters responded to the scene of a house fire twice within hours at a home at 118 Lakeview Church Lane.

    The home was heavily burned, but residents were able to get out uninjured and the Harriman Fire Department was able to get a couple of dogs safely out as well.

    “The first call was right around 8:30 p.m. Friday night. When the call came in, it came in the back porch of the residence was on fire,” said Harriman Fire Chief Brad Daniels.

  • Take a wildflower walk along the Cumberland Trail

    Obed Wild and Scenic River will conduct a ranger-led wildflower walk at 10 a.m. April 13.

    Ranger Rick Ryan will lead a moderate out-and-back hike of 5 miles total along the Cumberland Trail section to Alley Ford.

    Along the way, accompanied by the park’s botanist, hikers will discuss the wildflowers in bloom, plant communities, and forest ecology during this spectacular time of year to witness nature’s grand showing of flora.

  • Money to finish Expo Center in state budget

    State Sen. Ken Yager said he is pleased funding he proposed for the Henry/Stafford Agricultural Exposition Center at Roane State Community College is in the proposed supplemental budget amendment submitted by Gov. Bill Haslam.

    The amendment provides $300,000 to complete the center, which plays host to a wide variety of livestock and agricultural-related events every year.

    “This is great news,” said Yager, who filed an appropriations amendment in the Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee asking for funds to be provided for this purpose.

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  • Rabies vaccination clinics coming

    The Roane County Health Department is partnering with the Roane Veterinary Hospital at 3000 Roane State Hwy., Midtown, to offer rabies vaccinations from 1:30 to 5 p.m. April 13.

    The cost will be $12 per vaccination.

    The Health Department and Morgan County Animal Hospital will offer low-cost rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats on April 14 and April 21.

    Vaccinations will be provided from 10 a.m. to noon April 14 at the Bowers Elementary School, Harriman.

  • Campaign raising money to provide needed legal assistance

    The Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands recently launched its 2018 Campaign for Equal Justice with a kick-off luncheon on March 7 at the Nashville City Club.

    This year’s campaign has a fundraising goal of $826,000.

    The Campaign for Equal Justice has been held annually since 1987 to support the Legal Aid Society — Tennessee’s largest nonprofit law firm — in its mission of providing free legal assistance to low-income individuals throughout Middle Tennessee and the Cumberland Plateau.