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Today's News

  • Piñata Pride: Ferrante crafts colorful party centerpieces

    Festive colors and fun-filled parties aren’t complete without a centerpiece.

    For Lania Ferrante, a piñata was the focal point of a party in her native Costa Rica.

    She’s trying to encourage Roane Countians to also enjoy the party item.

    “That is the main attraction at any party, adults and little kids,” said Ferrante.

    In her Kingston home, Ferrante makes elaborate piñatas for parties in the area.

    It’s catching on, but she said using piñatas is really still a novelty here.

  • Investigation: Officers justified in shooting; identities released

    Investigators concluded Wednesday that law-enforcement officials were justified in the shooting death of burglary suspect Miranda Guy.

    Guy was shot Tuesday afternoon at a 314 Fairchild St. home in Harriman after a pursuit in her white pickup and running inside the home.

    Police have said she pointed a gun at officers going into the home to detain her.

  • Smoot murder trial delayed until next year

    Another trial date was set for Shawn Smoot at last week’s Criminal Court docket sounding.

    Smoot, 42, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Brooke Nicole Morris.

    Her body was found at the intersection of Blair Road and Old Blair Road on Oct. 15, 2011. Police said she had been shot.

    The case is scheduled for trial on March 24-26, 2015.

    Smoot is on his fourth court-appointed attorney.

  • Tornado gets Roane federal disaster funds

    Roane County officials hope to use federal disaster aid to cover some of the costs of getting rid of all the trees that were downed when an EF 0-rated tornado hit the area in June.

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced a disaster declaration for Tennessee last week.

    “We’ll end up getting some money from it,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “We don’t know how much it will be yet.”

  • Tip leads to drug arrests at hotel

    An anonymous call led to a drug bust at the Rodeway Inn in Harriman Friday night.

    Tony Frogg, 543 Baumgartner Road, Harriman, is facing charges in the incident.

    According to the warrant, Harriman police were dispatched to the hotel around 10 p.m. about a possible meth lab.

    “The caller was anonymous and could not give a room number,” the warrant sad.

    “The caller advised that a Tony Frogg was in the room and had warrants. Central (dispatch) did confirm three warrants in hand for Tony Frogg.”

  • Yager bill eliminates balloon debt

    The next time Roane County has a major construction project to undertake, it won’t be able to delay making principal payments like it did on the new jail.

    The county now has a policy in place to prevent such delays. But even if it didn’t, state law might not allow it.

    The Anti-Kicking the Can Act that went into effect on July 1 requires local governments to get approval from the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office before issuing balloon indebtedness.

    The bill was sponsored by state Sen. Ken Yager, a Roane County resident.

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  • UPDATE — Victim in officer-involved shooting dead; name released

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has confirmed that a woman was killed in a Tuesday afternoon Harriman shooting that involved a Roane County sheriff’s deputy and Harriman police officer.

    Miranda Michelle Guy, 28, of Harriman, was killed in the shooting, said Susan Niland, TBI public information officer. The law-enforcement officials' names involved are unknown as of late Tuesday afternoon.

  • Election Signed, sealed, certified

    The Roane County Election Commission certified the results of the Aug. 7 election on Friday.

    Ann Goldston was still the winner over Sarah Stewart in the circuit court clerk’s race.

    “The election is certified,” Chairman Lowell “Pete” Malmquist declared.

    “Not everyone was happy, but that’s elections.”

    The unofficial results released by the commission on election night showed Stewart was the winner of the clerk’s race.

  • Who gets TVA funds for public image?

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    TVA’s proposal to distribute $1 million in public image repair funds doesn’t have the support of the Roane County Commission.

    A resolution on the Aug. 11 agenda to accept the proposal was deferred. The commission also instructed County Executive Ron Woody to research the matter and write a letter to TVA.

    The funds are part of the $43 million TVA made available to Roane County and its communities to make amends for the ash spill that occurred at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant.