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Today's News

  • Armored truck joins sheriff fleet

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is better equipped to deal with a high risk situation thanks to the addition of an armored truck.

    Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said the security firm WSI Oak Ridge donated the vehicle to the sheriff’s office last week.
    “We’re grateful to have it,” he said.

    Unlike a patrol car, the used Ford F350 truck is supposed to withstand bullets. Phillips said it’s outfitted with armor plates and bullet-proof glass.

  • Office seekers stump at county commission mtg.

    The public is given an opportunity to speak at each Roane County Commission meeting. Most often people take the time to express grievances or concerns about things going on in the county, but sometimes it can become a platform for political hopefuls.

    That was the case in February when Kent Calfee, who is seeking the Republican nomination in House District 32, came before the commission.

    “If I’m elected, I’ll certainly be in Nashville to work for you all,” he said.

  • Harriman owned Kingston doc’s office to be leased

    It sits in Kingston, but Harriman owns a medical building it acquired after the contracts were signed to turn over Roane Medical Center operations to Covenant Health.

    Harriman officials will be deciding on a lease agreement for the facility at its meeting Tuesday. Currently Roane Medical Center Industrial Medicine is located at that building.

  • Keeping cool without the pool

     

    (L-R) Dakota Ratliff, Cheyenne Ratliff and Jonathan Boles enjoy the splash pad at Roane County Park last week. The splash pad is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.

  • Kingston water and sewer rates to rise

    After three years of steady rates, Kingston City Council set the final reading of an ordinance raising city water and sewer rates by 5 percent for fiscal 2012-13.

    The decisive final vote will occur at the June 12 full council session. The measure setting the annual budget for the water and sewer departments for fiscal ’12-’13 and establishing rates and expenses passed on first reading at the May meeting.

  • Harriman Police eyeing suspects in burglary rash

    Harriman Police Department continues to work to solve a rash of several business burglaries over recent months.

    Businesses burglarized have primarily been located in the South Roane Street area of the city.

    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle updated the Harriman City Council about the burglaries at their Tuesday meeting.

    “We have made two juvenile arrests involving some of these burglaries,” Heidle said. The department is also investigating some other juveniles as well as adults on some of the other cases.

  • Riverfront gets beauty treatment


    Roane County juvenile officer Chris Mason and Leonora Spangler, a youth service officer for Roane County Juvenile Court supervise a group of children in the Children’s Attitude Motivational Program at Riverfront Park in Harriman, where Mason is also mayor. The summer program is sponsored by the Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition, on which Spangler also serves as a board member, and the National Guard. Last Wednesday, the group worked to clean up plant growth between pavers at the veterans’ memorial at the park.

  • Pro2Serve and Roane Imagination Library kick off donation challenge

    Roane Imagination Library has teamed up with corporate sponsor Pro2Serve to match the first $5,000 raised by new donors and those who haven’t donated in the last year.

    Pro2Serve, an engineering services company on the Oak Ridge National Lab campus, and Roane Imagination Library kicked off this challenge late last month.

    For current donors, those who donate in 2011 or already in 2012, Pro2Serve will match the increase in the donors’ contribution dollar for dollar.

  • Leffew takes over Lady Waves

    Sometimes coaches have to spend years as an assistant before they finally get a chance to run their own program.
    That wasn’t the case for Jon Leffew as the 27-year-old was recently named the new girls basketball head coach at Midway High School after working a total of four years as an assistant coach at Midway and Roane County High Schools.

  • Summer Camp