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  • Watkins gets performance bonus of 15k

    Roane County Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins received a $15,000 performance bonus in 2016-17, her first year on the job.

    The bonus is the maximum amount allowable under the contract she signed with the Roane County Board of Education. The contract was set to expire on June 30, 2020, but the board extended it last year to June 30, 2021.

    The $15,000 bonus was in addition to the $120,000 salary Watkins received in 2016-17. Her salary for 2017-18 is $125,000.

    The bonus amount is based on the school board’s evaluation of the director.

  • Roane County positive despite audit findings

    Roane County’s most recent state audit noted some findings in the Office of Director of Accounts and Budgets.

    “The office had deficiencies in budget operations,” the audit said.

    The audit occurs annually and is conducted by the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury. It was released last month.

    One of the deficiencies listed said total expenditures in the General Debt Service Fund exceeded total appropriations by the County Commission by $11,564.

  • Sales tax goes on ballot in Harriman

    Harriman officials are putting a sales tax issue on the ballot for August.

    The Harriman City Council approved second reading at their meeting this week. The city is asking voters to raise the local option sales tax from 2.5 percent to 2.75 percent with the intent all additional revenue would go to fund streets, bridges, sidewalks and storm water systems.

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  • Big dreamer in a small town

    Almost every day, rain or shine, an orange clad youth can be seen in makeshift practice, devoutly honing his football skills.

    Decked out in UT clothes, pads and a helmet, 18-year-old Colton Ruehle goes to the Walnut Hill boat ramp near his home and practices, spiraling a football and attacking his makeshift practice dummy, a desk chair, with as much ferocity as he can muster.

    “He’s out here every day. Rain. Snow. It don’t matter,” said mom Vicky Brown.

  • Elderly lady nabbed for harboring runaway Roane County teen

    A 74-year-old Madisonville woman was booked into the Roane County Jail last weekend.

    Vickie E. Wattjes is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and harboring a runaway juvenile.

    According to the warrant, Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Stan Hohulin responded to 107 Rileys Creek Road on Sunday to investigate a report about a missing juvenile.

  • Free hazardous waste disposal set for May 12

    A household hazardous waste disposal event will be held Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Recycling Center on 215 White Pine Road in Harriman.

    The one day event offers a free and safe way for local residents to rid their homes of household hazardous materials including solvents, fluorescent bulbs, antifreeze, rechargeable batteries, fertilizer, pesticides and pool chemicals.

    The public should not bring medical waste except needles in puncture-proof containers, explosives, radioactive materials including smoke detectors or any empty containers.

  • Drainage issues addressed at Kingston McDonald's

    Neighbors could experience some benefits from the construction of a new McDonald’s in Kingston.

    “There’s some drainage problems in the back for the neighbors in the back,” McDonald’s owner John Faris said. “We’re actually putting some new drains in through the property.”

    The McDonald’s property is located on North Kentucky Street. A few homes sit behind the property.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: S.O.S. Save our schools — let us vote!

    Gentle reader, as we told you two weeks ago, we regard the mega-school issue to be the most important public issue to confront our community for some little time and we intend to devote much of our writing to that topic for the time being, and thus this week’s column is focused on one aspect of that issue, i. e. the people’s right ultimately to determine what is to be done with their schools to best serve their children, and at what cost, now and in the future.

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