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  • Attorney deems no conflict for Berry on board



    District 1 County Commissioner Ron Berry stepped down from the Cable TV Committee last month after District 2 Commissioner Greg Ferguson questioned if he had a conflict of interest.

    “I certainly don’t need a conflict of interest serving on the Cable TV Committee,” Berry said.

    Berry owns BBB Communications, which has a contract with Comcast.

    Ferguson asked County Attorney Greg Leffew to look into the matter.

  • Release of pill mill ringleader no surprise to Roane sheriff



    John Wesley Goss’ release from custody didn’t come as a surprise to one local law enforcement official.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said he expected it, considering the circumstances.

    Goss has cancer and an estimated three months to live.

    Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan ordered Goss released last week pending sentencing, which is scheduled for March 27.

  • Snow, ice wreak havoc on roads



    Roane County’s roadways — including its state thoroughfares — aren’t looking their best right now.

    The wintry weather can be blamed.

    “Potholes are created when moisture seeps into the pavement, freezes, expands and then thaws,” according to the maintenance division with the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

    “This weakens the pavement. Traffic loosens it even more, and it eventually crumbles and pops out.”

  • Harriman attorney search may be at end



    Harriman officials may have picked Allison Rehn to be the next city attorney, but the issue isn’t over yet.

    City Council members were not exactly sure how to go about hiring the Harriman resident — whether by appointment or retainer — and whether the city would need to hold a special-called election to fill the spot until 2016, when the position would be up for reelection under the old charter.

  • OS man facing charges from late February crash



    Joshua M. Brown, a 33-year-old Oliver Springs man, is facing charges in a Feb. 27 wreck on Hwy. 61.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Brown was driving an 1993 Orange Jeep Cherokee when he crossed the center line and struck another vehicle.

    “Driver was on several prescribed narcotics,” the warrant said.

    The warrant also said Brown “had signs of illegal drug use on arms/feet.”

    He was charged with DUI and vehicular assault.




    Ali Woods fell in love with Africa when she visited there, first on a mission trip to Malawi in 2010 and later living in South Africa a short time with a missionary and his wife in 2013.

    The Oliver Springs woman will soon get the chance to fall in love with other parts of the world. She leaves next January to join the World Race, a Christian missions journey that has racers traveling to 11 countries in 11 months to serve those in need.

  • Ferguson also cited for seat belt, insurance violations



    In addition to a DUI charge, Roane County Commissioner Greg Ferguson was also cited for two violations in a March 2 traffic stop that landed him in jail.

    The citations were for a seat belt violation and financial responsibility, which means Ferguson didn’t provide proof of insurance.

    According to the warrant on the DUI charge, the seat belt violation is what initially led Trooper Alexander Evans to pull over Ferguson over in Midtown.

  • Alliance report reflects positive change

    The year 2014 was a year of great transition and change for The Roane Alliance — and for Roane County.

    Changes in leadership and structure, as well as new challenges in an ever-changing world are only part of the story, said Wade Creswell, The Roane Alliance president and CEO.

    “The changes that were implemented and planned were made for one overarching purpose — to make Roane County more united and effective in raising the quality of life for all who live, work, and visit here,” he explained.

  • Community pulls together for DAV van purchase

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    Members of the community join Disabled American Veterans Post 86 at Jerry Duncan Ford for the purchase of a new van to take Roane area veterans to VA facilities in Nashville and Murfreesboro for medical treatment. DAV van rider coordinator John Maliskey accepted the keys on his post’s behalf. “The community support was so overwhelming that it almost took your breath away,” he said. “I’m deeply grateful.”

  • Dem county convention doors open at 10:45 a.m., close at noon

    Roane County Democrats are reminded that they need to arrive at Rockwood City Hall by noon March 21 for the Roane County Democratic Party’s county convention.

    Roane County Democratic Party spokesman Bob Cowan said doors will open at 10:45 a.m. for registration at Rockwood City Hall at 110 N. Chamberlain Ave.

    Doors will close promptly at noon; no one will be admitted afterward.

    Roane County Democrats will elect new leaders during the leadership convention, which is open to any bona fide Democrat who lives in Roane County.