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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Roane athletes are good sports

    By Tony Clower

    for The Roane County News

    Nine years ago, the Roane County School System began recognizing middle and high school athletic programs within our county that completed an entire athletic year with zero reports of unsportsmanlike conduct. We made the decision to try to present these schools with a monetary award to show appreciation for their emphasis on sportsmanship throughout the school year.

  • 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.”

  • Resist making enemies of good

    By Mark BankerMTBanker1951@gmail.com

    Roane County’s ongoing school debate brings to mind a story shared by writer Tony Hillerman.

    As a youth in Depression-era Oklahoma, Hillerman worked for an old farmer known for his generosity. When less honorable neighbors took advantage of the old man’s kindness, young Tony was enraged.

    In response, the old man advised: “Son, if you don’t forgive your enemies, you’re going to run out of friends.”

  • 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.