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  • Music on the Mend

    Christopher Lee couldn’t sit idly by as he recovered from a work injury that sidelined him for eight months.

    Instead, he turned toward his dream of learning the mandolin.

    He soon found that dream instead morphing into a new passion, that of finding special and unique instruments and taking his skill at restoring old furniture and using it to smooth away the cracks and scratches time has worn onto the delicate wooden surfaces of musical instruments.

    “I got more into actually getting them and restoring them and selling them,” said Lee.

  • School plan new cost: $66.75 million

    A shift in the site of the proposed consolidated high school would shave about $1.25 million off the Roane County Board of Education’s $68 million school building plan.

    “I’m very glad the board challenged us to find these savings,” said Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins

    The board voted 9 to 1 in a special-called meeting Monday to amend the proposed cost of the building plan utilizing an 87-acre site adjacent to the Roane State Community College campus.

  • Opinions vary on meeting notice

    Roane County Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins defended the advance notice of Monday’s special-called Board of Education meeting citing an existing board policy.

    The notice, issued May 30 for the June 4 meeting, stated that a work session would be held “for the purpose of discussion of the high school building program site and potential savings to the project cost.”

    A subsequent special-called meeting of the board was called to “amend the proposed cost of the high school building program,” the notice said.

  • Authorities raid Harriman home

    Harriman Police Department coordinated with other law enforcement agencies to descend on a home at Ayers Drive Tuesday morning.

    A search warrant was executed at 324 Ayers Drive, where illegal drug activity is suspected after a joint investigation between Harriman Police Department and Roane County Sheriff Office.

    “We have been watching it awhile but we really about four weeks ago made it a priority focus,” said Harriman Police Chief Kenneth Humphrey.

  • County may dip into fund balance for 2019 budget

    The Roane County Commission’s budget committee is proposing a 2 percent pay raise for employees and using $600,000 of fund balance in the 2018-19 budget.

    The committee met on May 29 and approved those moves unanimously.

    “It’s not our best budget, but it is a budget that will be adequate,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “That’s the reason we plan the way we plan.”

  • Former Roane man captured: Subject of two-day manhunt in lawman slaying

    A former Roane County man wanted in connection with the shooting death of a Middle Tennessee police sergeant was captured Friday.

    “WE HAVE STEVEN WIGGINS IN CUSTODY!,” the Tennessee Highway Patrol announced via Twitter Friday.

    Wiggins is accused in the shooting death of Dickson County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Daniel Baker. The former Marine was responding to a report about a sus-

    picious vehicle on the morning of May 30 when he was killed. A statewide alert was issued for Wiggins later that day.

  • Young bids fond farewell to HUB

    Harriman Utility Board General Manager Bill Young said goodbye to friends and coworkers late last month as he prepared to leave the utility after more than 40 years on the job.

    “I won’t say a lot because I might get emotional,” Young told the crowd gathered at HUB headquarters for a luncheon in his honor.

    Young thanked the utility board, Mayor Wayne Best and Harriman City Council for their support over the years.

    He said the 80 HUB employees are the utility’s greatest assets.

  • Stormy Weather

    Ominous storm clouds in the distance create a contrast with the scrubber’s white vapor at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant. Showers and storms rolled into the valley a number of days last week.

    The forecast calls for sunny skies early this week, with chances of scattered showers and storms showing up Wednesday.

  • Likely no tax hike in Rockwood

    It looks like Rockwood property owners won’t be facing a tax increase in the city’s next fiscal year.

    “I don’t think we’ll need a tax increase at all,” Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller said.

    “We have been able to do all these projects and improve our town without a tax increase,” he added. “That is a tribute to our City Council and all our employees.”

    The city may consider buying two new police cars in the upcoming budget, which would mean four new vehicles in the fleet.

  • Riverfront Park cameras going up this week

    Work to begin installing the new security cameras as David Webb Riverfront Park will start this week.

    Harriman Police Chief Kenneth Humphrey said the company will be at the park on Monday.

    “They’ll begin putting some of the infrastructure in place,” he said.

    Originally the intention was to put public Internet access into the park as well, however, the city hit a snafu and cannot offer that at this time.

    Humphrey said Comcast could not do what they needed at the park so the city is instead going to use Verizon.