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  • ‘Spread the Health’ at microclinic program

    Mid-East Community Action Agency Senior Services, Free Medical Clinic in Harriman, and Microclinic International are teaming up to present “Spreading the Health” a new 16-week, evidence-based program to promote overall health and wellness.

    The Microclinic Program is based on the philosophy that “health is contagious.”

    “We can interact with each other to influence positive or negative changes within our diet and exercise,” said Amber Jacks, Mid-East senior services director.

  • Kelley’s widow to finish his term

    Roane County Commission voted 8-5 Monday to allow the late Steve Kelley’s widow to serve the remainder of his District 4 Commission term.

    Renee Kelley was sworn in during a 10-minute break and sat with the Commission afterward.

    “I have big shoes to fill,” she said.

    Steve Kelley’s term expires on Aug. 31. That’s how long Renee Kelley will serve in the seat. She is not running in the Aug. 2 election.

  • Man called ‘menace’ gets 13 years in prison

    A Rockwood man described by authorities as both a “career criminal” and a “menace to society” is facing more than a decade in prison.

    A Roane County jury found Larry Adkisson guilty of aggravated burglary and theft last November.

    On May 8, Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks sentenced Adkisson to 12 years as a career offender for the theft conviction and 13 years as a persistent offender for the aggravated burglary conviction.

  • Park speeders getting tickets

    Speeders, beware blue lights flashing at David Webb Riverfront Park in Harriman.

    Harriman City Councilman Tim Johnson raised concerns about speeding in the park and worried a child might be struck as they crossed the roadway.

    In response, Harriman police are running radar and writing tickets or warnings to violators.

  • New ISO could save 7-8% in fire insurance

    The improved ISO fire protection rating in Kingston offers multiple benefits to residents and homeowners.

    The reduction of Kingston’s Insurance Services Office rating from a 4 to a 2 means residents can sleep better knowing they have some of the best fire protection in the state.

    The new rating can also mean discounts on fire protection insurance, said Johnny Griffin, president of Griffin Insurance Agency in Kingston.

  • Five-year plan includes goals for Watkins evaluation

    The Roane County Board of Education has a “Director Evaluation Committee” that met last week and discussed a five-year plan for the school system. That plan could include goals that might be used to evaluate Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins.

  • Pair of juvenile boys arrested for setting home ablaze

    Two juveniles are accused of setting an empty Harriman Housing Authority home on fire early Monday morning.

    The house fire was at 1738 Bennett Circle.

    “We’ll be placing charges against them,” said Harriman Police Chief Kenneth Humphrey.

    A Harriman Police Department press release said Detectives Sgt. Kent Warren and Brian Turner apprehended the two boys responsible for the fire later on Monday.

    Detectives received a tip from the former tenant of the home who told them the youths had been at the home the previous night.

  • WHEEL TAX ON BALLOT

    Roane County voters could head to the polls in November to decide whether the county will implement a $50 wheel tax to help fund the Board of Education’s $68 million school building plan, the County Commission decided on Monday.

    For many Commissioners, putting the wheel tax on the ballot is a way to ensure voters have a say in the controversial $68 million plan.

  • Kelley's widow to complete husband's Commission term

    Roane County Commission voted Monday to allow the late Steve Kelley's widow to serve the remainder of his District 4 Commission term.

    Renee Kelley was sworn in during a 10-minute break and sat with the Commission afterward.

    She will serve until Aug. 31 in the seat her late husband held for almost two terms. That's when Steve Kelley's term expires; Renee Kelley is not seeking the seat in the Aug. 2 election.

  • Wheel tax ballot to be decided today

    Roane County Commission Chairman Ron Berry doesn’t sound like a fan of the wheel tax resolution on the agenda for the May 14 Commission meeting.

    “I don’t know why we would be putting a resolution in when we’ve not talked about anything,” Berry said. “It’s sort of putting the cart before the horse.”

    The wheel tax resolution was submitted by District 2 Commissioners Randy Ellis, Greg Ferguson and Junior Hendrickson. It calls for a referendum to be held on the wheel tax on Nov. 6.