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Today's News

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.

    Rickey R. Brown, financial responsibility Feb. 26, 2010. Dismissed June 25, cost to state.

    Tammy S. Gaskins, financial responsibility Feb. 28, 2010. Dismissed June 30, cost to state.

    Jaqeisa S. Reaves, speeding March 4. Failed to appear June 7, convicted.

    Jaqeisa S. Reaves, violation of registration March 4. Failed to appear June 7, convicted.

  • Felon now guilty of cop posing

    A Rockwood man who posed as a federal agent to commit a home invasion was found guilty in federal court last Thursday.

    The jury convicted Ricky Eugene Cofer of impersonation of an officer and being a convicted felon in possession of a pistol.

    Cofer was indicted on four counts, but the government dismissed two of them “in order to mainstream the issues before the court.”

  • Bowman new to Meadows' practice in Rockwood

    Dr. Eric Bowman has returned to his hometown of Rockwood to join the Summit Medical practice of Angela E. Meadows.
    Bowman, a general practice physician, comes to Summit from the Alvin C. York Campus of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Tennessee Valley Healthcare System in Murfreesboro, where he has practiced for the past two years.
    Prior to earning his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville in 2004, Bowman earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees in biology from East Tennessee State University.

  • Hurdle cleared for land annexation

    Harriman officials are moving forward with a referendum to annex three properties neighboring where Covenant Health plans to build a hospital in the Midtown area.

    Harriman City Council approved Mayor Chris Mason’s request to put the referendum involving about  five residents on the June ballot.

    Councilman J.D. Sampson said he hadn’t had a chance to visit with other area residents, but he plans to see if he can generate any interest from others who might like to be in the city.

  • Austin facing DA opposition in fight for citizen rights

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson is still planning to oppose Thomas Alva Austin’s petition to have his rights restored.

    Austin was a Roane County General Sessions Court judge before he went to prison for extortion.

    “As I have stated to you earlier, it is my intention to oppose the petition and I will be filing a formal response in the near future since it now appears that you intend to move forward with the request,” Johnson wrote Austin attorney Browder Williams.

  • AARP Tax-Aide born from happenstance chat

    By Patricia Bryant
    Tennessee AARP Tax-Aide

    Did you know that the nation’s largest free volunteer-run tax assistance program began with a chance discussion between two naval reservists more than 40 years ago?

    During a weekend drill, an Internal Revenue Service agent expressed concerns about older tax filers making mistakes on their returns to then-AARP Executive Director Bernie Nash. 

  • Bowers marks soulful link with Fisk Jubilee Singers

    Students at Harriman’s Bowers Elementary School got treated to 140 years of tradition last Wednesday.

    The Fisk Jubilee Singers gave a rousing performance inside the school gym.

    “We’re honored to have them,” first-grade teacher Christy Ruskey said.

    The singers are students at Fisk University in Nashville. They travel the country and the world performing.

    In 2009, they received a Grammy nomination for a collaboration with music artist Jonny Lang.  

  • EMS in $300,000 range for overtime

    Some Roane County commissioners want the ambulance department to look into reducing the amount of overtime its giving employees.

    From July 1 to Feb. 10, $316,171.66 was spent on overtime pay. There is still more than four months left in the fiscal year.

    Commission Chairman James Brummett has suggested the department “work intuitively on all scheduling to avoid excess overtime.”

  • Grant helps Harriman, Rockwood save money

    A green movement will help two Roane County communities save money on their utilities.

    Both Harriman and Rockwood have Energy Efficiency and Conservation block grant dollars allotted to help them renovate city buildings to make them more efficient.

    Rockwood City Recorder Jim Hines said the city has $100,000.

    The project will be to change and replace all the lighting fixtures in the municipal complex. The work will replace about 300 fixtures with energy efficient fixtures, Hines said.

  • Run for Dunn 5K, walk scheduled for March 19

    Run for Dunn, a 5K run and 1-mile walk presented by the Michael Dunn Foundation, will be on March 19 on the main campus of Roane State Community College in Roane County.

    Check-in, prerace entertainment and registration begins at 8 a.m.; the run and walk start at 9.

    Preregistration is now under way at www.michaeldunnfoundation.org and www.michaeldunncenter.org.

    Entrance fees by March 13 are $25 per person 15 and older, $20 per Knoxville Track Club member and $15 per youth ages 14 and younger.