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  • Doug Wilson’s legacy continues

    Pharmacist Doug Wilson made an impact on many young people.

    Rockwood City Council unanimously recognized his role in the lives of Rockwood’s youth by approving naming the Rockwood Community Center after Wilson, who died in early May.

    “He has done so much for so many kids over the years,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller. “He was just outstanding.”

    “He was so well thought of and just such a great guy. He gave a lot more than he ever got back,” said Miller.

  • Drug-awareness event set June 6 at Oak Ridge pool

    In partnership with the Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition and others, the Oak Ridge Chapter of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks will be hosting its annual Drug Awareness Day at the Oak Ridge Municipal Pool on Saturday, June 6.

    The pool is at 172 Providence Road.

    Drug-awareness demonstrations will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the pool area.

    Hundreds of prizes will be given away to those participating. Prizes include T-shirts, coloring books and Frisbees.

  • Fun days to end the school year
  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: President Andrew Jackson – a man of his times

    Gentle reader, as we understand, National Public Radio’s Morning Edition anchor, Mr. Steve Inskeep, has authored a book, entitled “Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Chief John Ross and A Great American Land Grab”, which he will discuss and sign at the Bijou Theatre, in Knoxville, next Tuesday, 2 June, at 7:00 p.m.

  • Roane school employees retire

    Roane County Schools said goodbye to 28 employees during a retirement reception Wednesday.

    Those who are leaving include:

    • Linda Bailey, transportation, 29 years.

    • Elizabeth Borum, Harriman High, 14 years.

    • Flo Bowman, Ridge View Elementary, 22 years.

    • Mary Byrd, Oliver Springs High, 30 years.

    • Gena Cates, Ridge View Elementary, 13 years.

    • Lesha Clark, Bowers Elementary, 32 1/2 years.

    • Laura Dailey, Roane County High, 30 years.

  • Schools will be able to hire

    Roane County Schools has positions that need filling for the 2015-16 school year. With the start less than two-and-a-half months away, the Roane County Board of Education voted 7-0 to lift the hiring freeze for essential positions during a special-called meeting on Wednesday.

    The freeze was put in place earlier this year because of the school system’s budget crisis. The crisis has not been solved, but Director of Schools Gary Aytes said some of the job openings are critical enough that the system needs to start trying to get people in place.

  • County raises still in budget, just smaller

    The Roane County Budget Committee considered recommending a 3-percent raise for employees, but opted for a 1.5-percent increase in its final proposal.

    Register of Deeds Sharon Brackett said she’s not surprised the proposed raise got reduced.

    “The employees are always the last people that they take care of,” she said. “Sorry to say, but it’s the truth.”

    Brackett was first elected register of deeds in 2006. Prior to that, she was an employee in the office.

  • Opening day a splash
  • Two couples, man, charged in burglaries

    Police made headway in a number of burglary cases in recent days.

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office arrested two suspects on Wednesday — Amanda Ileen Brown and Jesse Lee Duncan.

    Both are charged with aggravated burglary and theft of property from $10,000 to $60,000.

    Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said suspected stolen items were recovered, including guns, knives, coins and jewelry. Phillips was tight-lipped about the details surrounding the arrests because the investigation is ongoing.

  • Wrecking ball fun