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  • Trials to include ‘shocking, gruesome’ photos

    The parents accused of starving their 2-year-old son to death have new trial dates.

    Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton set Matthew Dotson’s trial date for April 17 at the Roane County Courthouse.

    Concerns have been expressed that the parties could have a difficult time finding an impartial jury made up of Roane County residents. If that’s the case, the trial will be moved to Loudon County and start on April 20.

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  • ‘Miracle Worker’ auditions planned Feb. 6

    Knoxville Children’s Theatre will have auditions on Feb. 6 for the upcoming stage production of “The Miracle Worker.”

    This classic play tells the story of Annie Sullivan and her blind and mute student, Helen Keller.

    Auditions will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Theatre at 109 E. Churchwell Ave., Knoxville.

    Auditions are by appointment only.

    Six prospective actors can be seen at each half-hour appointment time; a maximum of 42 actors will be seen.

  • Harriman putting paper in the past

    Harriman is going to be a pilot program for a new software to transmit Harriman City Council packets online.

    “It is not going to cost us anything,” said Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms.

    Instead, Champion Data Systems is asking the city to be a beta test site, offering it to the city for free during that time, which Helms estimates to be about two years.

    After that, if the city wants to continue there will be an annual software fee.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: From fixing roads to fixing you

    As my Leadership Roane County Class moves into 2017 I’m amazed at how fast the time has passed. When I started this class in July it seemed like I had a long way to go. With the completion of January’s class we only have about three more classes before we graduate in April.

    The Local Government class last week gave us a close look at local municipal offices and departments that provide the services we depend upon and the officials who lead those offices.

  • Lake Weeds BLIGHT or BENEFICIAL?

    If there is one thing that all sides of the lake weed issue seem to agree on it’s that the problem — if there is a problem — needs to be studied carefully before any action is taken.

    “We do know there is a problem and we’re trying to learn more,” County Commission Chairman Ron Berry said last Monday.

    County Commissioner Carolyn Granger, a member of the county Environmental Review Board, told the commission that a workshop where more information will be presented on weeds is scheduled February 6.

  • Clinch reactor under review

    From staff reports

    TVA’s small modular reactor aspirations have gotten a boost. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced last week that it will review the agency’s Early Site Permit application for its Clinch River site.

    “We are pleased with this development,” TVA spokesman Travis Brickey said. “This means that the NRC staff will now begin its technical review of TVA’s Early Site Permit application for potential construction and operation of SMRs at the Clinch River Site in Oak Ridge.”

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  • ACT scores fall short of lotto benchmark by more than half

    A composite score of 21 on the ACT is one of the requirements for qualifying for the HOPE Scholarship.

    Less than half of students attending Roane County Schools achieved that score during the 2015-16 school year, according to the State Report Card.

    The data released last month showed the percentage of students who scored at least a 21 on the ACT was 41.2 percent.

  • Drought help available to Roane farmers

    Roane and Loudon counties have been approved to accept applications for the Emergency Conservation Program to address damages from the 2016 drought.

    Roane/Loudon County USDA Farm Service Agency is accepting applications through Feb. 1, said FSA Executive Director, Sandi Childs.

    Approved ECP practices under this authorization include emergency water solutions for livestock due to the 2016 drought.

    FSA administers the Program to assist producers with the cost of recovery activities required to restore the agricultural land to predisaster conditions.