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  • Thunder rolls in East Tennessee again

    A beloved 1971 Dodge Demon that ran successfully in the drag racing circuit — including Harriman’s old drag strip — has been restored.

    The car, known as Tennessee Thunder, was found about three years ago in Florida by Lee Crowder III.

    He was just a child when his grandfather Freeman Crowder Sr., a one-time Harriman mayor who owned the Crowder Chrysler Plymouth dealership in Harriman in the late 1960s and early 1970s, purchased and ran it in the circuit.

  • Chattanooga pain-clinic case has Roane ties

    A woman who federal agents say served as a supplier for a Roane County pill ring is on trial in federal court in Chattanooga.

    Barbara Lang, also known as Barbara Langford and Aunt Bea, was accused in a 2012 indictment of conspiring to illegally distribute oxycodone, methadone, morphine, hydrocodone and alprazolam. Her trial started on Nov. 3 and was recently continued until Jan. 5. A hearing in the case has been set for Dec. 30.


    Roane County Commissioners were notified Tuesday that the Property Assessor’s Office is in noncompliance on the 2015 reappraisal.

    “It’s real disappointing that we’re in the position that we are,” Commissioner Darryl Meadows said after getting the email.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody sent out the email after speaking with Don Osborne, director of assessments and field operations for the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury’s Division of Property Assessments.

  • Clem lands parks spot

    Rockwood’s Chase Clem will start the new year with a new job with the city.

    He was easily approved as the new park and recreation director at Monday’s city council meeting.

    “The sports complex was like a second home to me when I was growing up. I have a lot of great memories there, so it is exciting to tell people that I’m coming home,” Clem said.

    It’s a job he envisioned as a young person working with friends in the recreation department during summers.

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  • Airport manager raise out for now

    Rockwood Municipal Airport Manager Danny Collins was up for a $4,000 raise at the Rockwood City Council meeting on Monday, but the item was tabled.

    Councilman Dudley Evans made a motion to defer it until the future.

    Councilman Harold Holloway didn’t like the timing of the proposed pay change.

    “I think we need to look at that at budget time instead of giving it now,” Holloway said.

  • Coal-ash regs not embraced

    Environmental groups aren’t doing cartwheels over the nation’s first-ever coal ash regulations.

    “Today’s rule doesn’t prevent more tragic spills like the ones we are still trying to clean up in North Carolina and Tennessee,” Earthjustice attorney Lisa Evans said in a news release Friday. “And it won’t stop the slower moving disaster that is unfolding for communities around the country, as leaky coal ash ponds and dumps poison water.”

  • No answer on school architect

    The question of who will be the school system’s architect remains unanswered.

    The Roane County Board of Education met last Thursday, but selecting an architect wasn’t on the agenda.

    Chairman Mike “Brillo” Miller said the board will make a decision on the architect during a special-called meeting in early January.

    The board interviewed four architectural firms in October. It later narrowed the candidates to Michael Brady Inc. and The Lewis Group.

  • Grove make Christmas brighter

    Families from Kingston Four Apartments got a little extra love this holiday season, thanks to Cedar Grove Baptist Church.

    This is the second year The Grove has adopted the community as a giving-back project.

    “We just want to give back to our community,” said Senior Pastor Phillip Martin.

    A warm meal was served for the community as each apartment received a meal basket full to fix Christmas dinner and each child received a brand new bicycle.

    Diapers were also provided to homes that needed them.

  • Tag-teaming for attention