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  • Charges lodged in starved dog’s death

    Harriman police have charged a couple with animal cruelty.

    James Allen Davis, 38, and Angela R. Stiles, 41, both of 902 Crescent St., Harriman, owned Max, a Sharpei breed that died last week due to poor health.

    Max was almost lifeless on Jan. 21, when he was taken to the Roane County Animal Shelter.

    He was euthanized Friday, Jan. 23 after being taken in by the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley.

  • No raise for airport director

    Rockwood Municipal Airport manager Danny Collins is not getting a $4,000 annual increase proposed in a contract renewal.

    Rockwood City Council tabled the item last month, and opinions had changed little since that time, including the disapproval of Councilman Harold Holloway.

    “The last meeting I was against it. That hasn’t changed,” said Holloway.

    Holloway said he has nothing against Collins, but he said the raise would put him above that of other department heads.

  • Red Cross CPR class
  • Coal ash films to be followed by public Q&A

    On Thursday, Feb. 5, members of Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM) and Working Films will host a free open community discussion on the continuing impact of TVA’s coal ash landfill and what it means for the future of local communities.

    SOCM has partnered with members of the community since the 2008 spill.

    These efforts are being made to better inform the communities affected by the 2008 coal ash spill since TVA is currently seeking modifications to their permit.

  • Kingston Library prepares for a new era

    The focus of improvements at the Kingston Public Library have been on the building itself: expansion, maintenance and renovation of the building itself.

    That is expected to change soon. This week, Kingston Library Board members hope to choose a new library director who’ll focus on people and programming. A special-called meeting at the library has been set for Thursday at 5 p.m., when board members will choose from a handful of finalists.

    The board voted to let longtime library director Steve Jacks go last fall.

  • GUEST OPINION: Duke, Muslims and the politics of intimidation

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES

    First Amendment Center

    What began as a gesture of interfaith hospitality ended badly recently when Duke University suddenly canceled plans to begin broadcasting the Muslim call to prayer from the bell tower of Duke Chapel every Friday afternoon.

    The first “call to prayer” was scheduled for Jan. 16 — which, as it happens, was also Religious Freedom Day in America.

    Duke officials cited “security concerns” as the reason for canceling the prayer call, but declined to elaborate.

  • Balancing act of governing

    By RON WOODY

    Roane County Executive

    We hope through a series of articles that we can help explain programs offered by Roane County, why we offer these programs, and the costs and benefits of these programs to the citizens of Roane County. This article discusses the taxpayers’ investment in The Roane Alliance.

    The Alliance was formed by a group of Roane County leaders in 2000. The goal was to consolidate the leadership in not only direction and focus, but also to achieve efficiency of administration.

  • Who’s going to clean up sludgy mess?

    In addition to wanting to know who was responsible for dumping gray sludge that ended up in the lake, Kingston officials also have questions about who will be responsible for cleaning up the mess.

    “Is that something TDEC (Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation) will do and then go for reimbursement from the company?” City Manager David Bolling asked during a Jan. 20 meeting.

  • Schools needing $3.5 million to balance budget

    The Roane County Board of Education heard another gloomy finan-cial report earlier this month.

    Eric Harbin, the school system’s business manager, said the budget is out of balance by $3.5 million.

    “We need $3.5 million more of revenue or $3.5 million less expenditures,” he said.

    Harbin suggested the board start having budget work sessions to discuss the issue.

    “This budget will not work,” he said. “We can’t use this budget, so we got a lot of work to do.”

  • Rockwood officials to ponder various permit fees today

    Rockwood leaders will consider several ordinances on first reading today — Monday — that may lead to establishing new fees or updating old ones related to construction and property maintenance.  

    During the City Council’s monthly meeting at 6 p.m., Council members will consider and possibly take action on an ordinance establishing a permit fee for temporary occupancy of a single-wide mobile home or travel trailer.