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  • OS judge to delve into Rockwood complaints

    Rockwood City Attorney Elmer Rich has bowed out of serving as the ethics officer looking into complaints filed against Vice Mayor Peggy Evans.
    Rockwood City Council approved hiring Oliver Springs City Judge Joe Van Hook to conduct the investigation of charges brought against Evans by Rockwood City Recorder Jim Hines in the wake of questions about the insurance bidding process.
    Rich believes it’s improper for him to serve as the ethics officer because of his role as legal representative to the council.

  • TVA to talk about land-use plans Tuesday

    TVA and Roane County officials will present plans on Tuesday for some of the property TVA purchased in the wake of the 2008 ash spill at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant.
    The meeting will begin with an open house at 5 p.m. in Kingston First Baptist Church’s family life center at 215 N. Kentucky St.
    Staff from TVA’s Kingston Ash Recovery Project will give a formal presentation at 5:30, followed by an informal question-and-answer session.
    Officials also plan to discuss restoration of the shorelines and embayments.

  • Wanted man found in attic of Harriman home

    Sheriff’s deputies found a wanted man hiding in the attic at 525 Mee Drive in Harriman on July 27.
    According to the incident report, Stephanie Alred opened the front door and stated she didn’t know where anybody was.
    “After searching the residence, Mr. Mitchell Roberts was found hiding in the attic,” the report said.
    Alred was charged with obstruction of justice. Roberts was wanted for violation of  probation.
    Christopher Taylor, another man who was at the home, was also arrested. He was wanted for failure to appear.

  • Tax rate set to hold steady in Harriman

    Harriman City Council’s first look at the city budget doesn’t include many bells and whistles.
    The earliest draft calls for no property tax increase.
    “I did program in a 3-percent raise” for city workers, said Harriman Treasurer Charles Kerley. “This is included in this target budget I give you here.
    Though no tax increase is planned, Kerley said he may recommend rounding up from $1.1933 to $1.20 per $100 valuation. The rounding will make no noticeable difference in people’s bills, he added.

  • Kingston police schedule Night Out Against Crime

    Kingston’s Police Department will celebrate National Night Out Against Crime for the fourth year in a row on Tuesday (Aug. 2) from 5 to 9 p.m. at City Park.  
    The long-standing National Night Out event has sought to create drug and crime awareness for communities across the country for the past 28 years by offering a safe, family-friendly environment to bring citizens and law enforcement together, while encouraging neighborhood watches.
    “I’m just looking forward to everyone having a good time,” Chief Jim Washam said.

  • Pub owner to fight shut-down effort

    The Grill and Pub was once a happening place.
    “Used to you couldn’t walk in here because it was so full of people,” owner Grover Norton said. “Now if you get 12 or 15 of them you’re doing good.”
    Norton said law-abiding patrons have been scared off by troublemakers.
    “Five years ago, I had a thriving business before them drug heads started hanging out here,” he said. “Now people won’t come around because they don’t want to be around it. I went from $2,000 a night to $500 a night.”

  • New principals assigned to schools

    Scott Calahan has been hired as the new principal at Harriman High School.
    Calahan comes from Stone Memorial High School in Cumberland County, where he most recently taught lifetime wellness.
    Calahan said he’s looking forward to the start of the new school year.
    “From what I understand we’ve got a great staff,” he said.
    One of his goals as principal is to help the students reach their full potential.  

  • Bar-fight guy has record

    Editor’s note: The Grill and Pub was incorrectly listed by a previous name in earlier accounts of this incident.
    July 24 wasn’t Eric Glenn Gallaher’s first time being arrested in Roane County.
    It wasn’t his second, third or fourth, either.
    According to Roane County Sheriff’s Office records, it was his 18th time being booked into the county jail.
    Charges he’s been arrested on include theft, failure to appear, driving under the influence, evading arrest, domestic violence and domestic assault.

  • First Amendment Center bent is ...all over the place

    First Amendment Center
    The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism is getting attention with its recent study showing 56 percent of national and state nonprofit news sites post original material with a definite political viewpoint.
    In light of that, some might wonder where the First Amendment Center would appear on a left-center-right spectrum.
    The answer: all the way across.

  • Donations sought to stock Teachers Supply Closet

    The Roane County Chamber of Commerce has kicked off the 2011 Teachers Supply Closet, an annual drive to collect supplies and monetary donations to help teachers and students in Roane County.
    The Supply Closet is a highly popular and highly successful effort sponsored by the Chamber, Roane State Community College, Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman and Roane County United Way.