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  • Granger out of Commission race

    The race for District 6 County Commission will feature four candidates instead of five.

    One of the people who qualified, Carolyn Granger, pulled her name as a candidate on Thursday.

    “Carolyn decided not to run,” Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said.

    Election Day is Aug. 2. Other contested races include County Commission Districts 1, 2, 4 and 5, trustee, county executive, county clerk, register of deeds and Harriman City Council.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Mourn not circus’s demise, we still have a full time clown

    Gentle reader, we must this week beg your indulgence for any shortcomings in this production.

    This plea is occasioned by the old curmudgeon’s having fallen victim to another of the frailties that too often beset those of a certain age. In this case it is our teeth that have decided to give up the ghost and malfunction to a faretheewell.

    Adequate ingestion of nourishment is difficult, if not well-nigh impossible with two broken teeth, thus we have placed our self in the capable hands of Dr. Walmsley for the installation of a ‘’bridge.”

  • Police: Man busted nose of ex’s friend

    A Roane County man turned himself into the Roane County Jail after a warrant was issued for aggravated assault last month.

    Eric Aaron Bell, 27, is accused of striking victim Joseph A. Conrad at the 141 Cedar Brook Lane, the home of Tara Scott.

    “Mr. Conrad stated that shortly after his arrival a male subject previously known as Eric Bell came to the residence, who is a former boyfriend of Tara Scott,” reported Deputy Seth Hammons.

  • Historical group gives to one of Harriman’s most historic landmarks

    Harriman Public Library will be making some improvements, thanks to a $5,000 gift by the Harriman Cornstalk Heights Historical Community Organization.

    Chairwoman Alyse Porter said the grants are possible through money they raised by a variety of events, such as the Hauntings of Harriman.

    “Because of those successful events, because of the support of the community and our programs we are able to make this donation,” Porter said.

  • Crash kills Roane teen

    A Wednesday crash on Firetower Road claimed the life of a Rockwood teenager.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated.

    According to the report, Ryan A. White was a passenger in a 2004 GMC.

    The crash happened on Firetower Road around noon.

    “Vehicle 1 (the GMC) ran off the right side of the roadway and over-corrected, then ran off the left side of the roadway and impacted a dirt embankment,” the THP report said. “Vehicle 1 then overturned coming to a final uncontrolled rest on its top.”

  • PORTER PARK OPEN

    City and county officials gathered with Kingston residents Saturday to cut the ribbon on the newly renovated Gertrude Porter Park.

    Kingston Mayor Tim Neal opened the ceremony thanking everyone that participated in the almost four year project that began under the administration of previous mayor Troy Beets.

    “We’re really glad the park is open and that so many people were able to show up for the dedication,” said Kingston Parks and Recreation Director Rick Ross.

  • No land tax hike for jail add-on

    Roane County is moving forward with plans to expand the county jail. According to officials, the multi-million dollar project will not require an increase in the property tax rate.

    “We’re able to about this time next year borrow for the jail project at no tax increase,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    “I am thrilled to hear that,” County Commissioner Darryl Meadows said. “That is very good news.”

  • Commission fails to fill vacancy left by Kelley’s death

    A vacant seat remains in Roane County Commission District 4.

    A move to appoint someone to the seat didn’t garner enough votes at Monday’s Commission meeting.

    “I don’t know,” Commission Chairman Ron Berry said, when asked what the plan is for the seat moving forward.

    The vacancy was created by the death of Steve Kelley. He represented the district from Sept. 1, 2010, until his death on Feb. 21.

  • $1.4 million of borrowed funds tagged for paving

    Rockwood officials are hoping to have approximately $1.4 million for paving in the next two fiscal years.

    Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller said that’s how much is left of $6 million in loan funds after energy-efficiency projects and other capital needs he proposed be addressed in the city.

    He doesn’t want to spend all the $1.4 million at once. Instead, Miller is looking at spending between $743,000 and $793,000 on paving this year.

  • No cover for leaky pool

    After a big push to get it covered, Rockwood’s pool may not be getting year-round use after all — at least not any time soon.

    Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller is suggesting the city return a Local Parks and Recreation Fund grant that would have tackled a number of projects, including putting a cover over the pool.

    “I do want you to know it is not a dead issue,” he insisted.

    Repair needs are hampering the project, officials said.