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  • Clem lands parks spot

    Rockwood’s Chase Clem will start the new year with a new job with the city.

    He was easily approved as the new park and recreation director at Monday’s city council meeting.

    “The sports complex was like a second home to me when I was growing up. I have a lot of great memories there, so it is exciting to tell people that I’m coming home,” Clem said.

    It’s a job he envisioned as a young person working with friends in the recreation department during summers.

  • Exploring other traditions
  • Airport manager raise out for now

    Rockwood Municipal Airport Manager Danny Collins was up for a $4,000 raise at the Rockwood City Council meeting on Monday, but the item was tabled.

    Councilman Dudley Evans made a motion to defer it until the future.

    Councilman Harold Holloway didn’t like the timing of the proposed pay change.

    “I think we need to look at that at budget time instead of giving it now,” Holloway said.

  • Coal-ash regs not embraced

    Environmental groups aren’t doing cartwheels over the nation’s first-ever coal ash regulations.

    “Today’s rule doesn’t prevent more tragic spills like the ones we are still trying to clean up in North Carolina and Tennessee,” Earthjustice attorney Lisa Evans said in a news release Friday. “And it won’t stop the slower moving disaster that is unfolding for communities around the country, as leaky coal ash ponds and dumps poison water.”

  • No answer on school architect

    The question of who will be the school system’s architect remains unanswered.

    The Roane County Board of Education met last Thursday, but selecting an architect wasn’t on the agenda.

    Chairman Mike “Brillo” Miller said the board will make a decision on the architect during a special-called meeting in early January.

    The board interviewed four architectural firms in October. It later narrowed the candidates to Michael Brady Inc. and The Lewis Group.

  • Grove make Christmas brighter

    Families from Kingston Four Apartments got a little extra love this holiday season, thanks to Cedar Grove Baptist Church.

    This is the second year The Grove has adopted the community as a giving-back project.

    “We just want to give back to our community,” said Senior Pastor Phillip Martin.

    A warm meal was served for the community as each apartment received a meal basket full to fix Christmas dinner and each child received a brand new bicycle.

    Diapers were also provided to homes that needed them.

  • Tag-teaming for attention
  • Starved child case back on docket

    The parents accused of starving their 2-year-old son to death have a new court date.

    Matthew and Amanda Dotson are scheduled to appear in Roane County Criminal Court for a hearing on March 16.

    Amanda Dotson is represented by the public defender’s office.

    Knoxville attorney A. Philip Lomonaco is representing Matthew Dotson. Lomonaco is the third attorney to represent him in the case. Matthew Dotson’s first attorney, Joseph Lodato, was allowed to withdraw from the case in July 2013.

  • Roane road salt supplies good

    Many governments weren’t able to get salt this winter from suppliers.

    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson was lucky. He got a jump on purchasing salt in March, something he was glad he did after learning about the potential of salt shortage this fall.

    “I went ahead this year and placed an order of 500 tons of salt,” said Ferguson.

    It’s a commodity that has made him a popular man with other communities, who have turned to the highway department for help.

  • School board perusing prayer request

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    A moment of silence precedes the Pledge of Allegiance at each regular meeting of the Roane County Board of Education.

    That practice was questioned at last Thursday’s meeting.

    “You talk about God in the Pledge of Allegiance,” Roane County Tea Party Chairman Val McNabb told board members.

    “In your pocket, you have money that says, ‘In God We Trust,’ but you have a moment of silence.”