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Today's News

  • 3 Roane teachers attain certification

    Three Roane County teachers recently obtained their National Board Certification.

    “This is a tremendous accomplishment,” said Director of Schools Gary Aytes. “It has been a two-year process for these folks, but they’ve done it.”

    The teachers are Richelle Barding, Cherokee Middle School language arts teacher; Brenda Cate, from Dyllis Springs Elementary School; and Lindsay Johnson, Oliver Springs Middle School science teacher.

  • Dunn Center closer to having facility property

    Michael Dunn Center officials are one step closer to their goal of acquiring the property on which the campus sits.

    Michael Dunn officials have requested the property, which is leased from the Roane County school system at $1 a year for a remaining 74 years, in order to sell it to raise money to build and relocate from their aging facility to a newer one.

    School board member Hugh Johnson made the initial motion to approve the transfer to the Roane County Commission.

  • Inappropriate text messages to teen lands man in jail

    A Harriman man arrested last Thursday is accused of “sending inappropriate text messages to a 15-year-old female,” said Harriman Chief Randy Heidle.

    Benjamin Miller, 34, of 425 Byrd Ave., is charged with especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor.

    He was taken into custody after an investigation by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force helmed by Harriman Detective Dan Schneider.

    Schneider said in an affidavit of complaint that Miller committed the crimes on or about Nov. 18, 2012.

  • Guge, Richardson town’s top cops

    Harriman Police Department’s Cody Guge and reserve officer Ridge Richardson were selected as 2012’s officer and reserve officer of the year, respectively.

    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said Guge has been an asset to the department since he became involved first as an Explorer.

    “In 2009, he was also Explorer of the Year,” Heidle said. “Cody has been through our system since the beginning. He is my very first officer that has went through my whole system.”

  • Brothers, pub owner deny responsibility for Harvey’s death

    David Lee Harvey has been accused of causing his own death by one of the defendants in his parents’ lawsuit.

    Harvey, 46, died outside the Grill & Pub on July 23, 2011.

    Eric Gallaher has been charged with voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assault-bodily injury in his death. He allegedly punched Harvey after a minor fender bender in the parking lot.

    Gallaher, his twin brother Derek, cousins Devin Bertram and Anderson Wright and pub owner Grover Norton are defendants in the $3 million lawsuit.

  • Fatal bar fight to be vetted in two courtrooms

    David Lee Harvey was no threat to Eric Gallaher the night he died outside the Grill & Pub.

    That’s what Roane County Sheriff’s Office Detective A.E. Wolff concluded during his investigation into Harvey’s death.

    “Statements have been obtained from various witnesses, to include Gallahers’ relatives, which indicate that Harvey did not incite any violence and that Eric Gallaher did punch David Harvey, and Harvey never recovered from that blow,” Wolff wrote about the investigation.

  • Free food to feed Roane’s hungry

    Jerry Pickard is loaded down with bags of food, including those given to him by James Leatherwood and his mother, Jackie Leatherwood, during a food giveaway at Courts of Praise Church in Hariman on Friday.

    The church distributed 15,000 pounds of free food from Second Harvest Food Bank.

    Vehicles lined Sewanee Street as people waited for their turn to collect food.

  • Hospital joins with ACS on new push for mammograms

    Volunteers are needed for a new community education program to fight breast cancer in Roane County.

    The program, a joint effort between Roane Medical Center and the American Cancer Society, seeks to increase the number of women who get breast cancer screenings.

    “Volunteers have been crucially important in enabling the American Cancer Society to help make progress in the fight against cancer for nearly 100 years,” said Sarah Hooks, health initiatives representative for the American Cancer Society in Roane County.

  • TVA gives to Michael Dunn Center

    TVA recently made a $1,500 donation to Michael Dunn Center to support people with intellectual disabilities who are served in and around Roane County.

    TVA Valley Relations Manager Bert Robinson visited the Michael Dunn Center campus and toured some of the programs provided by Michael Dunn Center to people with disabilities.

    “The work being done by Michael Dunn Center to support people with disabilities is amazing,” he said.

  • DOE’s Oak Ridge manager to speak at heritage meeting

    Larry Kelly, manager of the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge Office, will be the guest speaker for this week’s joint meeting of two Oak Ridge preservation groups.

    The meeting of the Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association and the Advocates for the Oak Ridge Reservation will be on Jan. 10 in Midtown Community Center, Oak Ridge.

    The meeting will start at 7 p.m.

    Kelly will discuss managing resources on the Oak Ridge Reservation in a changing environment.