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  • Church-threat defendant racks up burglary charge

    The man who threatened to blow up a church last year allegedly barged into someone’s home on April 17.

    Police charged James Lombardo with aggravated burglary in the incident.

    “The victim (David Sims) said that James Lombardo had kicked the door of his residence located at 182.5 State St. and stole items,” Harriman Police Department Officer Logan Vitatoe wrote in the warrant. “David said that James kicked the front door in of his residence and stole one cellular phone, one house key and one box of change and miscellaneous items.”

  • Rockwood shaves $100,000 off price tag for fire truck

    Rockwood officials have been able to whittle down the estimate for a ladder-and-pumper-truck combination to the $800,000 price range.

    The original $900,000 cost was something that rattled Councilman Dudley Evans to begin with. He said he would like to see that number drop further.

    “I would like to see another $100,000 off this fire truck,” he said.

    However, he noted he is pleased with the warranties on the vehicles before voting on the spending resolution that includes the truck.

  • From the Editor’s Desk: K-14 system would broaden education for Roane kids

    In my opinion, the current proposal before the County Commission is not a building plan, nor a consolidation plan.

    It’s an education plan. Buildings and consolidation just happen to be a part of the plan.

    I’m not interested in arguing about which is better, a big school or a small school. You can find research to support both.

    I’m not interested in discussing what type of sports the students will be able to participate in.

  • School plan to go on ballot?

    Another Roane County commissioner is expressing support for a referendum on the Roane County Board of Education’s $68 million building plan. The latest is District 2 Commissioner Randy Ellis.

    “There’s so much back and forth — and the people want to have a voice and vote on this,” he said Monday.

    The County Commission is scheduled to discuss the school board’s proposal during a work session at Roane County High School on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

  • 5th suspect in stabbing, shooting jailed

    A fifth suspect in the stabbing and shooting assault of a man on Margrave Drive is now in custody.

    Zakary Edward Perrine is charged with especially aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault, criminal responsibility for attempted first-degree murder, criminal responsibility for especially aggravated robbery, criminal responsibility for especially aggravated kidnapping and criminal responsibility for aggravated assault.


    After only a little more than a year on the job, Harriman Police Chief Derek Pacifico suddenly resigned this weekend.

    “It has always been my goal to raise the Harriman Police Department to industry standards in professionalism and police work,” he wrote in a letter posted online Saturday.

    “Although there is still much to do, it has come time for a change in leadership. As such, as of midnight Sunday the 22nd, I have resigned my position as Chief of Police.”

  • Board keeps $68 million price tag on program

    The Roane County Board of Education vowed to make some cuts to its $68 million building plan during a joint work session at Roane State Community College last month.

    “We’ll cut every place we can cut to bring this price down,” Board Member Mike “Brillo” Miller pledged on March 27.

    “As Mr. Miller said, we’ll do our best to cut it down,” Board Member Danny Wright added.

    That didn’t happen on Thursday.

  • Calfee proud to serve 32nd District three terms

    Incumbent 32nd District State Representative Kent Calfee, R-Kingston, will look to secure his fourth term in the November 2018 election.

    “I want to continue adding on to the successes of my last six years,” Calfee said.

    A former Roane County Commissioner and part-time farmer who retired from Oak Ridge National Lab, Calfee said he is proud to have been a part of the legislative effort to fund and promote higher education.

    Last year he carried the bill in the house that would expand participation in community colleges.

  • Work session on new school now at RCHS

    The site of the Roane County Commission’s April 26 work session has changed.

    The work session was previously scheduled to take place at the Roane County Courthouse, but Commission Chairman Ron Berry said it will now be held at the Roane County High School auditorium.

    He said crowd accommodation is the reason behind the change.

    “We may not have 20 people there, but if we have 100 people there I don’t want them to not be able to listen,” Berry said.