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Today's News

  • Still time to sign up for driver safety class

    There are still some openings available in the AARP driver safety course to be taught in Roane County later this month.

    The eight-hour class, from noon to 4 p.m. April 22-23, offers area senior citizens a refresher course on driving and an update on rules of the road.

    The class will be in Rockwood Community Center at 710 N. Chamberlain Ave.

    Course participants will be taught to adjust to age-related physical changes; reduce incidents of violations and accidents; and update driving skills and rules of the road in a stress-free environment.

  • Development District, ETHRA officers told

    Hamblen County Mayor Bill Brittain is the new chairman of the board of directors for the East Tennessee Development District and the East Tennessee Human Resource Agency.

    The agencies both serve Roane County.

    Brittain and other officers were recently elected during the annual business meetings and luncheon.

    Other officers also elected by unanimous consent of the board were Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank, vice chairwoman; Luttrell Mayor Johnny Merritt, secretary; and Campbell County Mayor E.L. Morton, treasurer.

  • Railroad denies fault in crash that killed 2

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Norfolk Southern Railway Co. and other defendants have filed an answer to a lawsuit centered around a fatal vehicle-and-train crash last spring near Harriman.

    The suit against Norfolk Southern Railway Co., Norfolk Southern Railway Corp. and three railroad staffers was filed by Darius Gallaher, Hunter Crass and Willie and Melissa Gallaher.

  • No deals for testimony in shooting case

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Stephanie Foland said she didn’t receive anything for testifying as a prosecution witness at Christopher Lee Powers’ preliminary hearing last week.

    Foland was in the car with Powers when he was shot by Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy John Mayes on Feb. 9.

    Foland doesn’t face any charges in the Powers case, but she does have multiple charges pending in other cases in Roane County General Sessions Court.

  • Commission, BOE vow to build better rapport

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Some members of the Roane County Commission had positive reviews about last week’s joint meeting with the Roane County Board of Education.

    “I thought we made progress,” Commissioner David Bell said. “Definitely.”

    The meeting in the auditorium of Roane County High School focused on the budget needs of the school system.

    “There was a lot of good information and building of rapport between the two bodies,” Commissioner Steve Kelley said.

  • Video devices not working on locomotives

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Norfolk Southern Railway officials have said a video recording device was not working on any of the locomotives involved in a fatal train-and-car collision near Harriman last May.

    Roane State Community College basketball players Jadah Gallaher and Rod Drummond were killed in the crash at Mountain View Road. Gallaher’s brother, Darius, was driving the car. He and his friend, Hunter Crass, were seriously injured.

  • Bridge work on I-40 West starting April 7 in Roane

    Tennessee Department of Transporation will begin work this week on Interstate 40 West at mile markers 352 and 356.

    The work will start at 7 p.m. April 7.

    Traffic will be reduced to one lane as crews begin bridge repairs at these locations.

    These lane closures will remain in place around the clock until repairs are complete.

    Motorists should expect potential delays and be alert for sudden stops or slowed traffic and use extreme caution in this area.

  • OS eighth-graders shine on ACT math

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Two Oliver Springs Middle School youth scored perfect scores of 25 on the math portion of their ACT Explore test.

    The examinationis taken by eighth-graders take to prepare them for the real thing in high school.

    Matthew Charles and Timothy Mallett both did extremely well on the test overall, but they really shone in math, their best subject.

    "They are brilliant on their own,” said school counselor Jennifer Huckaby.

  • Police: Man asked mom to introduce him to teen daughter on Facebook

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    A registered sex offender is accused of contacting a woman on Facebook and asking if he could meet her teenage daughter.

    That led Harriman police to charge the man, Keith Wesley Payne, with a sex offender registry violation.

    According to the warrant, the woman received a message from Payne via Facebook on Dec. 31.

  • Classical sounds for reading program

    By KAITLIN KEANE

    kkeane@roanecounty.com

    Knoxville Symphony Orchestra String Quartet stopped by the Kingston Public Library with their “Fizz, Boom, Read!” program late last month.

    Members of the quartet combine stories about music with classical selections, sound effects and hands-on learning for preschool-aged children and their parents.

    The program has the musicians show the children how to explore sounds as they come together to create music.