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  • Candy bars on tax day
  • Pennington honored for 42 years at EMS

    Michael Pennington was recognized for his service to the Roane County Ambulance Service on Monday.

    Pennington has worked for the department for 42 years and recently decided to step down from full time to part time.

    “It’s not health, because I’m still in good shape, considering how stressful this job is,” Pennington said. “I’ve just been looking at it for a while.”

  • Trail conference has much to offer

    Registration is now open for the 2015 Appalachian Trail Conservancy Biennial Conference on July 17-24 at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va.

    The event, co-hosted by the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club and the Mountain Club of Maryland, will feature hikes, excursions, activities and workshops related to the Appalachian Trail, hiking, local history and outdoor recreation.

    This event draws in one of the largest gathering of hikers in the United States, with more than 1,000 participants expected.

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  • Lottery winner from Knoxville

    A Knoxville man came forward last week with a winning $50 million lottery ticket sold in Harriman last month.

    Michael Duncan told Tennessee Lottery officials he was not a regular lottery player, and he had not originally planned to play that day.

    However, he decided to give the lottery a shot while making a quick pit stop at the Rocky Top Market at 1811 Roane St. He selected a single ticket using numbers based on family member’s ages, according to the release from the Tennessee Lottery.

  • New law to chip big cats

    The Tennessee House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill on Monday that puts in place new requirements for Class I animals like those housed at Tiger Haven.

    The original version of the bill was to require facilities holding the animals to have cages “constructed and maintained to provide sufficient space.”

  • Rape case grand-jury bound

    After hearing testimony from two alleged victims on Monday, Roane County General Sessions Court Judge Jeff Wicks determined there was enough probable cause to move the criminal case against Matthew Brandon Hall to the next level.

    “The cases will be bound over to the Roane County grand jury,” Wicks ruled.

    Hall, 28, faces two counts of rape and one count of aggravated assault. The alleged victims are high school students.

    Defense attorney Jedidiah C. McKeehan asked Wicks to dismiss the aggravated assault charge and one of the rape counts.

  • Drug court sought

    If all goes according to plan, a drug court could be operating in Roane County by the end of the year.

    The Roane County Commission unanimously passed a resolution on Monday that allows the county executive to apply for a three-year federal grant to establish the program.

    “It’s something that we have already been trying to do informally to help some folks,” Public Defender Kim Nelson said. “It’s going to be really helpful to have a formal structure in place to do that.”


    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Remedial Project Manager Craig Zeller was in town last week to conduct the final inspection at the TVA ash spill cleanup site. Afterward, Zeller said, you can consider the cleanup project complete.

    “We’re essentially done,” he said. “Nothing of significance out there.”

  • Adventure tourism zone eyed

    With miles of waterway meandering through, Roane County is an ideal location for adventure.

    That’s why local officials are eyeing the possibility of attracting adventure tourism businesses by creating an adventure tourism zone.

    “It hopefully will make Tennessee a destination for adventure tourists, which is huge,” said Pam May, director of marketing and tourism for The Roane Alliance.

    “It is a huge market,” May added. “Right now, it gives tax incentives to businesses moving to the zone or already in the zone.”