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  • Jackson chair of Roane County School Board

    Nadine Jackson is the new chairman of the Roane County Board of Education.

    She was elected by a unanimous vote during last week’s meeting.

    “Thank you for electing me chair,” she told the board.

    Jackson represents District 7 on the school board.

    A former principal, she was elected to her first term on the school board in 2016.

    “Ms. Jackson, I believe you’ll do a great job,” Board Member Sam Cox said.

    Jackson succeeds Rob Jago, who served as chairman this past year.

  • Rockwood 2000 holding candidate forum Oct. 15

    Rockwood 2000 is hosting a candidate forum next month to give voters a chance to hear from candidates in state and local races in the Nov. 6 election.

    The forum is 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, at Rockwood Electric Utility, 341 West Rockwood St.

    Those invited to the forum include candidates for state governor, state representatives for Dist. 31 and Dist. 32, Rockwood mayor and Rockwood City Council.

    The candidates running for the above positions are:

    Tennessee Governor

    Bill Lee

    Karl Dean

  • Rockwood set to repair Tarwater Street issues

    Rockwood workers will start making improvements to Tarwater Street soon after Rockwood City Council voted Monday to move forward with spending up to $300,000 to repair the problem street.

    Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller has said in recent months that the repairs are a priority because of the road’s poor condition.

    “They have been very patient to put up with it as long as they have,” Miller said.

  • Three from Roane named to 2018 Reward schools

    Midtown Elementary School, Cherokee Middle School and Midway Middle School were designated as 2018 Reward schools by the Tennessee Department of Education.

    “We’re very proud of that,” said Roane County Interim Director of Schools Gary Aytes.

    Aytes added that the staff at the three schools are excited about the Reward designation.

  • Sports complex brings dreams of economic opportunity to Roane

    If they build it … will thousands come?

    A new ballfield complex proposed for the current Southwest Point Golf Course has the potential to become a powerful economic driver, local officials say.

    The Kingston Planning Commission last week unanimously recommended the re-zoning of the Southwest Point Golf Course property from C-1 to C-2.

    The decision will go before the Roane County Commission on Monday, Oct. 15.

  • Duo tries to split charges in crystal meth case

    Two suspects reportedly tried to devise a plan to divvy charges after crystal meth was allegedly found in a vehicle they were traveling in Sunday morning.

    The plan didn’t work and both, along with a third suspect, were charged and arrested.

    The incident happened in Rockwood. According to the report, Patrolman Chris Marney stopped a vehicle near Harbor Freight around 12:30 a.m.

    “I made contact with the driver, Jarad Fisher, front seat passenger Morgan Hickman and backseat passenger David Hamby,” the report said.

  • Red Shoes and Rosin key it up to open Music Club season

    Popular string band Red Shoes and Rosin entertained the Harriman Music Club with a cheerful set of melodies at the club’s first program of the 2018-2019 season.

    The beautiful musical performance, which was moved from the David Webb Riverfront Park gazebo because of weather concerns, filled the West Hills Presbyterian Church fellowship hall, where members also feasted on a delicious potluck.

  • TVA troubles pitches Harriman, OR in the dark

    From staff reports

    Harriman Utility Board’s service area went dark early Thursday evening because of problems at TVA.

    Officials with TVA said a cross arm at a TVA transmission structure broke at approximately 7:25 p.m. EDT Thursday, Sept. 20, impacting areas in Harriman and Oak Ridge.

    Crews restored power to some areas within 30 minutes and to all affected areas by 8:58 p.m.

    TVA’s transmission personnel are making repairs to the broken structure and work should be completed this weekend.

  • 2018 Hauntings to take personal spin

    Eerie experiences in historic Harriman promise to send a shiver down visitors’ spines — and they may even experience a haunting themselves at this year’s Hauntings of Historic Harriman Ghost Tours.

    “I want them to have the feeling before they even take a step toward the tour that they might get to experience a haunting tonight,” said Renka Santos, who is chairing this year’s annual event for the Cornstalk Heights Historic District.

  • Postcard-perfect scene