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  • New drug laws start July 1

    By State Sen. KEN YAGER

    Prescription drug abuse in Tennessee is a serious health epidemic, but our state legislature has continued to make progress in our efforts to curb it. As of July 1, three new laws will be enacted to tackle the problem, including one bill that I sponsored which tightens the requirements for medical directors and owners of pain management clinics.

  • Jim Henry named governor's chief of staff

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Jim Henry of Kingston as his new chief of staff.

    Henry currently serves as commissioner of the Department of Children’s Services and replaces Mark Cate who announced his departure last month.

  • Roane, Oak Ridge pay similar salaries to teachers starting out

    Teacher pay was a topic during this year’s budget process.

    Roane County Commissioner Ron Berry brought it up during a meeting between the budget committee and school officials.

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes said 82 percent of the school budget goes toward salaries.

    Berry then referenced Tennessee Education Association numbers that show the starting salary for a teacher in Roane County is $35,825.

    He compared that to Oak Ridge City Schools, where the starting salary for a teacher is $36,407, according to the TEA.

  • Pine Ridge Road crossing to close for repairs on June 30

    Travelers who cross the Pine Ridge Road railroad crossing aren’t happy with the condition of the bumpy tracks after the railroad made repairs at the location.

    There is now a sign up saying the crossing will be closed June 30 for repairs.

    “The last inspection performed at this location was June 18, 2015, and the information we have received from the NS Railroad Maintenance of Way Department is that the crossing will be completely reworked/replaced by July 15,” said Mark Nagi, spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

  • 'Now, We're People': Roane feels effects of Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling with one couple eager to wed, another’s divorce caught in limbo

    A Roane County couple plan to apply for a marriage license at the Roane County Courthouse on Monday in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that makes same-sex marriage legal across the nation.

    Stephen Collins and Nathan Hartsuff have been partners for 18 years after being introduced by Collins’ straight brother.

    “Today is pretty big,” Collins said.

    “It took awhile for me to stop crying. It just means so much,” he added.

  • County blames trucking firm for damage to Woody Lane during dirt transport

    A Knoxville trucking company could have to fork over some money if a lawsuit filed by Roane County proves successful.

    In 2014, TVA hired Claiborne Hauling to transport dirt from a South of the River farm to the Kingston Fossil Plant for a landfill expansion project.

    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson accused the trucking company of damaging Woody Lane during the process.

  • Man gets 30 years for killing stepfather

    A Roane County man who stabbed his stepfather to death earlier this year will serve 100 percent of a 30-year sentence.

    Steven Edward Jones, 46, agreed to a plea agreement Friday to second-degree murder in the stabbing death of Fred Silvey at the home Jones shared with Silvey and Jones’ mother, Carolyn Silvey.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said he is “well pleased with this result, especially in the manner that all sides came together to bring a swift and just result in this tragic crime.”

  • Tyler Farmer indicted by feds

    William Tyler Farmer is no longer just facing criminal charges in state court.

    Last week, a federal grand jury in Chattanooga returned a two-count indictment against him for being a convicted felon in possession of firearms and for receiving stolen firearms.

    Farmer is a Kingston resident. His address is listed as 156 Greystone Way.

    The federal charges stem from a June 12 traffic stop in Meigs County.

    Decatur Police Officer Billy Long stopped Farmer on Hwy. 58 on suspicion of DUI.

  • Bait car too good for man to pass by, deputies say

    A Morgan County man is accused of stealing a car that was set alongside Interstate 40 as bait in the investigation of a rash of car thefts.

    Bernard Wayne Cook, 40, 140 Adams Court, Morgan County, is charged with theft over $1,000 but less than $10,000.

    “There is 20 that have been stolen all together as far west as Cookeville,” said Sheriff Jack Stockton.

    In addition to Roane, Cumberland and Loudon counties have experienced such thefts along I-40.

  • Roane’s Buck Toms celebrates big birthday

    For 60 years, Camp Buck Toms has been open for Scouts eager to earn a variety of merit badges or just a visit to enjoy the camaraderie and the great outdoors.

    “This is the 60th anniversary this year,” according to Ralph Moates, camp director.

    Attendance to the summer camps continues to grow.

    “At the end of this summer, we’ll have over 2,000 which sets a record for us,” said Moates.

    Last year, they had about 1,800 campers, some who cover a lot of road to get there.