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  • A View From Lick Skillet: We should all be proud of Roane Medical Center

    We are sure that the readers of this column, being possessed of the superior intellects that they are, are familiar with the phrase “an embarrassment of riches.”

    Well, in our humble opinion that phrase applies in spades to the situation of every commentator and scribe who writes about politics and public affairs — when we sit down to write, there are literally dozens of potential topics crying out to be the subject of one’s writing output, and so it has been almost since day one of the Trump Era.

  • No contest for three mayoral positions

    From staff reports

    The top elected offices in three Roane County municipalities may have been decided before the first ballot is cast.

    Thursday was the qualifying deadline to run for office in the Nov. 6 elections in Kingston, Oliver Springs and Rockwood.

    Both Kingston Mayor Tim Neal and Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller are unopposed in their bids for re-election.

    In Oliver Springs, Omer Cox is the only mayoral candidate on the ballot. Cox is a former Oliver Springs alderman.

  • School land tabled — for now

    Interim Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes appeared before the County Commission on Monday to address the Board of Education’s plan to purchase property for its new school.

    “I’m going to table that until we can meet with the Planning Commission on Wednesday,” Aytes said.

    The school board was scheduled to meet on Tuesday at Midtown Elementary School. Agenda Item No. 5 under new business called for “approval to purchase property on Hwy. 70 for school building site.”

  • Husband arrested for trying to kill wife

    A Harriman man is accused of trying to kill his wife with a knife.

    Terry Anison Smith, 39, was charged with attempted second-degree murder on Friday.

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office investigated. According to the report, Deputy Philip Nelson responded to 116 Russell Lane to investigate a domestic.

    “Upon arrival he found Terry Smith, who stated to deputy Nelson that he and his wife was in an argument regarding their relationship,” Detective John Mayes wrote in the report.

  • ‘Snapshots’ detail drug arrests, codes issues

    Both Harriman Police and Harriman Codes Enforcement are detailing the work they do in a new way.

    The “snapshot” as it’s called, gives a brief summary of the work done the previous month and was presented at the Tuesday, Aug. 7, meeting.

    For Harriman Police, it highlights how drug enforcement has ramped back up with the return of Detective Kasey Mynatt and the implementation of the Criminal Patrol Unit, which focuses on narcotics and major crime.

  • Thank you for your service

    The Roane County Commission paid homage to outgoing officials at Monday’s meeting.

    Some didn’t seek re-election this year, and others lost their re-election bids.

    “Thank you all commissioners who chose not to run again for your service,” County Executive Ron Woody said. “You’ve done an outstanding job. I appreciate working with you.”

    The Commission passed resolutions honoring Commissioners Carolyn Granger, Peggy Collier, Renee Kelley, Chris Johnson and Todd Fink.

  • No tax hike sought for Harriman budget

    No property tax increase is expected in Harriman’s fiscal year 2019 budget.

    “It is proposed to stay the same. We have done pretty well the last few years,” said City Manager Kevin Helms.

    The only negative, he said, is the city does not have funds in order to do things like the large paving project the city completed last year.

    “Financially that is not going to be possible without either the sales tax or increasing the property tax or doing away with some other services to offset the cost,” Helms explained.

  • In memory of ROY MYNATT

    A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper who lost his life in a wreck during a pursuit on Hwy. 27 was honored Friday with a stretch of that highway being named after him.

    Roy Mynatt was killed on Feb. 11, 1968, while attempting to stop a vehicle and losing control of his own patrol car and striking an oncoming vehicle.

    “He was the only [trooper] here who gave his life in the line of duty. It was only fitting that he be honored,” said Danny Wright, a retired special agent with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

  • Daughter, 10, used as shield, police report

    A Rockwood man allegedly tried to use his 10-year-old daughter as a human shield to avoid a DUI arrest.

    The incident happened on Aug. 4.

    According to the report, Sgt. Jason Halliburton with the Rockwood Police Department responded to 929 Bayless St. to speak with Kristy Gross about her husband, Matthew Gross.

    “Kristy Gross said Matthew Gross had been drinking alcohol and showed me a beer can she said he threw,” the report said.