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    Visitors to Roane County Park Saturday had plenty of chances for food, fun and a chance to give back to the community.

    Roane County’s volunteer fire departments got together for a community event to meet with the people they serve and to recruit new members to their crews.

    “Every department is in need of volunteers,” said Julie Griffin with West Roane County.

    She’s hopeful some more manpower will come out of the event.

  • Harriman bids farewell to beloved veteran

    One of the biggest cheerleaders of Harriman’s youth lost his battle with cancer.

    Greg Love died Aug. 27, and the community is mourning one of the most active members of the recreation community.

    “He was just a good guy. He helped a lot of kids,” said Drack Langley, Harriman public works director.

    “I’ve known him about my whole life. He was coaching for me when I took over in 1987,” said Langley, who was over recreation for decades.

  • Mega school possible election issue

    All 15 seats on the Roane County Commission will be on the ballot for the Aug. 2, 2018, election.

    Because the Commission is the funding body for the school system, the election could serve as a de facto referendum on the high school building program that’s been proposed by the Board of Education.    

    “I think that’s a possibility,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

  • Couple’s NASCAR discord leads to fisticuffs

    Dean Perry, a 53-year-old Rockwood man, is accused of assaulting his girlfriend on Aug. 19.

    According to the incident report, Perry was upset because she didn’t want to watch the NASCAR race.

    “I spoke to Dawn Janow and she stated that Dean Perry, her boyfriend, had came home wanting to watch NASCAR on the television and that he had been drinking,” Rockwood Police Officer Randy Heidle wrote in the report.

  • ‘Emergency’ workshop hits the road

    The Roane County Commission’s Road Committee traveled around the county looking at different roads during a workshop on Thursday.

    Committee Members/Commissioners Benny East, David Bell, Junior Hendrickson and Ron Berry met at Harriman McDonald’s before leaving on the trip.

    “This was supposed to be a workshop,” said Hendrickson, who is chairman of the committee. “We can’t get anything done if we’re constantly holding meetings and not out here looking and trying to do what’s right.”

  • Police group gives to help kids in need

    Elementary schools in Roane County will be able to help children in need a little more, thanks to a donation from the Roane County Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Daryl Cook, along with Sheriff’s Deputy and Student Resource Officer Jason Halcomb, represented the FOP earlier this month when they presented a $150 gift card to Dyllis Springs Elementary School Principal Jennifer Spakes and Assistant Principal Jeanne Armstrong.

    The card will be used to buy clothing or other supplies for students in need.  

  • Chemical byproduct again in Roane Central water

    Roane Central Utility District recently notified its customers about a violation of the federal drinking water standard for total trihalomethanes during testing in May 2017.

    The total trihalomethanes was calculated at .081 mg/L, exceeding the maximum contaminant level of .080 mg/L set for this parameter. In a letter to customers, the utility explains this is the equivalent of one millionth of a gram.

  • Harriman police work leads to indictment of Scott man

    Information from Harriman Police Department in 2015 led to last week’s Scott County grand jury indictment of a Scott County man on aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor and sexual exploitation of a minor.
    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reported that in December 2015 the 8th Judicial District Attorney General Jared Effler requested they investigate information obtained by Harriman Police Department concerning an individual believed to be sharing images containing child pornography online.