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  • Joffrey Ballet tryouts at Arts in Motion

    Prestigious Joffrey Ballet School will be holding auditions for their summer intensive at Arts in Motion on Saturday, Jan. 20.

    “It is a huge deal Joffrey is coming here. It is a huge deal they have enough confidence in us to choose us as their East Tennessee location,” said Jennifer Austin, owner of Arts in Motion.

    The class-style tryouts will include auditions for ballet and hip hop for ages 8-25.

    Ballet registration is from 11 a.m. to noon with the audition at noon to 1:30 p.m.

  • Fire dept. seeks grant

    The Kingston Fire Department is hoping to upgrade fire equipment with the help of a grant.

    City Council last week unanimously approved the fire department’s application for the 2018 Assistance to Firefighter’s Grant.

    The $38,360 grant requires 5 percent, or about $2,000 in matching funds from the city.

    Fire Capt. Lisa Crawley said the grant request would be used to purchase new protective gear. Such gear is usually replaced every 10 years, she said, and Kingston’s equipment is getting close to that.

  • GIFT OF LIFE
  • Judge OK with paying filing fee on time

    U.S. District Judge Ronnie Greer will allow Lisa Horn-Brichetto to pay her filing fee for a federal lawsuit in installments.

    Horn-Brichetto is suing 9th Judicial District Attorney General Russell Johnson, former 9th Judicial District assistant district attorney general Tiffany Smith and former Morgan County executive Becky Ruppe. Ruppe is now Rockwood city administrator.

    Her lawsuit was in danger of being thrown out of court for not paying the $400 filing fee.

  • Juveniles booked into jail

    Two juvenile defendants were booked into the Roane County Jail last week.

    Zachary Douglas Ray, 17, is charged with possession of a firearm during attempt to commit a dangerous felony, evading arrest, reckless endangerment (weapon involved), unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and theft of property not from a building ($10,000-$59,999).

    Justin Wayne Brafford, 16, is charged with resisting arrest, evading arrest, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and theft of property not from a building ($10,000-$59,999).

  • UT prof to talk Jerusalem with League

    The modern history of Jerusalem will be discussed during the Oak Ridge League of Women Voters’ Lunch With the League on Tuesday.

    Erin Darby, assistant professor of Religious Studies at the University of Tennessee, will be the guest speaker.

    The meeting will be from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church at 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike. Lunch is available for $8 beginning at 11:30 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Inmates help at shelter

    Improvements and long-time needed maintenance at the Roane County Animal Shelter are going on thanks to some unsuspecting helpers.

    Inmates from the Roane County Jail are helping out at the facility by fixing the roof, making the dog room more comfortable for the pets who are waiting in kennels for someone to take them to their forever home.

    Shelter interim director Stacy McElhaney said that because of their assistance the shelter is spending less money on the projects and the savings can be used for other needed repairs in the building.

  • Who’s next? Clem, Johnson jockeying for office

    From staff reports

    The County Clerk is one of the more popular elected officials in Tennessee counties.

    The office’s duties of registering and annually renewing vehicle tags is often the only thing that brings some people to the courthouse.

    Their popularity means that most, like Roane County’s Barbara Anthony, have little to no opposition come election time.

    But all bets are off once they decide to retire.

  • Roane’s grad rate tops state’s

    The Tennessee Department of Education report card released last week shows Roane County Schools excelling when it comes to its graduation rate.

    The system still has some work to do on the ACT, however.

    The report card, which is released annually, provides a snapshot of how the state along with individual school districts and schools are performing. The latest covers the 2016-17 school year.

  • CALLING IT QUITS

    Roane County Clerk Barbara Anthony is stepping down at the end of her term.

    It’ll be a big change. Though Anthony was elected in 2006, she has been employed with the office for 42 years.

    “I was in an accident in May. That really did make me decide to retire, because I’ve been here since 1976. I wanted to get out of here and spend some time with family and travel and do those sorts of things,” said Anthony.

    “My last day will be Aug. 31.”

    She was a deputy clerk prior to seeking the office herself.