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  • Moral Week of Action focus is equality

    The Roane County Branch of the NAACP held a news conference Wednesday announcing the statewide Moral Week of Action.

    The seven consecutive days of action across the state was to expose and challenge the laws, ordinances, policies and practices that are oppressing the people of Tennessee.

    “We are sick and tired of being sick and tired,” said Joe Eskridge, Roane County NAACP president.

    The Roane County group’s news conference followed one in Nashville the week before.

  • Pemberton’s swearing-in will be Sunday

    Between judge school, winding down his law practice and dealing with a new lawsuit, the weeks following the Aug. 7 election have been busy for 9th Judicial District Circuit Court Judge-elect Mike Pemberton.

    “I’m as busy now as I was before the election,” Pemberton said.

    Pemberton will take a break from the hectic schedule Sunday afternoon, so he can be sworn in.

    He plans to take his oath with other Roane County elected officials during a 2:30 p.m. swearing-in ceremony at the courthouse.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Do we want Roane students at bottom of barrel?

    Perceptive reader, you have, no doubt, observed that many of life’s events, happenings, achievements, etc. occur in series of threes.

  • River Road ATV chase ends in crash, charges

    A man who was injured during a July police chase on a four-wheeler turned himself in on Aug. 18.

    Albert Childs is charged with DUI, driving with a revoked license, felony evading arrest, possession of a handgun while under the influence and operating an ATV on the highway.

    According to the warrant, sheriff’s deputies responded to the area of River Road and Blue Springs Circle at 11 p.m. on July 28 in response to a call about a four-wheeler disturbance.

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  • Roane ACT scores drop, state scores rise

    Roane County Schools’ recent performance on the ACT came under fire during a County Commission workshop last week.

    The average score for Roane County students in 2013 was 19.2. It dropped to 18.8 this year.

    “We were very disappointed in our ACT tests,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said of the outcome.

    “That particular class (last year’s juniors) last year has been kind of a thorn in our side ever since they were in third grade coming up,” Aytes said. “That happens.”

  • Kingston paving project will be done mostly after dark

    Kingston City Manager David Bolling gave updates on a couple of ongoing projects at Kingston’s latest city council work session on Aug. 5.

    One involved the Gallaher Road sewer line, enabled by a federal grant and loan program. It is “for all intents and purposes, done,” Bolling said.

    The latest phase of that project involved expanding sewer line capacity at Paint Rock and Gallaher Road. Bolling said all that remains to finish the project is about 20 “punch list” items, which are “mostly cosmetic things.”

  • $500,000 voting-machine bill?

    The need for election accountability may cost Roane Countians big — as much as $500,000.

    And that’s with the state chipping in.

    An election paper trail means Roane County could have to purchase new voting machines in the next few years. Even with the state chipping in, Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway estimated the cost for the county could run as high as $500,000.

  • Landfill seepage being addressed by county officials

    Issues continue to arise with the old landfill in Midtown, according to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

    “The old Roane County Landfill is in post-closure and for several years has had small localized seeps along with occasional landfill gas issues,” TDEC spokeswoman Kelly Brockman said. “This has caused final-cover grass to die in spots.”

    Brockman said the state has asked Roane County to install vent pipes and cover the seeps with plastic when it rains.

  • Petition at Walmart gets too few signers to allow sales of wine

    A measure to allow wine sales in grocery stores won’t be on the ballot for Rockwood voters in November.

    That means there will be no wine sales at Walmart.

    Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said the retail giant led a late push to get the measure on the ballot, but couldn’t get enough qualifying signatures by the Aug. 21 deadline.