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  • Free eats for some schools in Roane County

    Students at Ridge View Elementary in Rockwood, Bowers Elementary and Harriman Middle School in Harriman and Midway Elementary are all eating for free.

    The funds are from the Community Eligibility provision of National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs.

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes said those schools all have the highest indicators of need in the system.

  • Manson Clan’s Davis refused parole again

    A California parole board’s decision to release Charles Manson follower and Roane County native Bruce Davis has been overturned again.

    Manson and his followers went on a killing spree in 1969. Davis was convicted of the murders of Gary Hinman and Donald “Shorty” Shea. He was sent to California state prison in 1972 with a life sentence.

    He was granted parole in March, but the parole board’s decision was overturned by California Gov. Jerry Brown last week.

  • Porter Park’s renovation moves to faster track

    Kingston’s newest old park will soon get a serious upgrade, and Kingston officials are now hashing out the details.

    The county deeded Gertrude Porter Park — which used to be school property — to the city in February. And while city officials were pleased with the prospect of acquiring the facility, they knew it needed more than a little rehabilitation. Toward that end, they applied for a $250,000 Local Parks and Recreation Fund grant from the state.

  • Middle College ‘best of two worlds’

    Each morning, a group of 33 high school students attends a course at Roane State Community College’s Roane County campus.

    The first class of Roane State’s Middle College is a chance to get college courses out of the way. Done right, the juniors will also graduate high school with an associate’s degree.

    “It is just great to get a head start,” said Abby Higgins.

  • Election 2014: Roane County General Election Precinct-by-Precinct Results
  • Election 2014: State Primary Precinct-by-Precinct Results
  • Kingston to consider final rezoning for car dealership

    Kingston City Council has placed a couple of zoning measures that could clear the way for a controversial new development on the Aug. 12 meeting agenda.

    The measures, which would rezone a 47-acre parcel near Davis and Dogwood Drives from residential to “controlled commercial,” passed unanimously on first reading in July.

    The measures must pass the second and final reading to take effect.

    A mandatory public hearing on the measures will be at 6:45 p.m. Aug. 12, prior to the full Council session at 7 p.m.

  • Election 2014: Best bests Harriman hopefuls as top vote-getter

    Wayne Best handily won a spot as one of three Harriman City Councilmen, joining two returning councilmen, Chris Ahler and Buddy Holley.

    The former Harriman fire chief, who resigned to spend time with family, previously served on City Council.

    He led the victors in unofficial votes last week.

    “I appreciate the trust and faith they put in me,” said Best.

    “I won’t let them down. I’ll stand up for the people of Harriman.”

  • Election 2014 Reporter's Notebook: ‘Just Mike’ off to judge school; city official wants TBI in on recount

    The Roane County Election Commission plans to certify the results of the election on Aug. 15, during a meeting at the courthouse.

    “All your totals are unofficial until they are certified,” Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said.

    Holiway said any candidate wishing to contest the results has to do so within five days after the results are certified.

    The meeting will start at 10 a.m.

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  • Election 2014: 4 more years for sheriff, county exec

    Incumbent Sheriff Jack Stockton easily beat his opponent, Jared Hall, in Thursday’s election.

    Stockton garnered 9,167 votes to Hall’s 3,183, according to unofficial returns.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody earned a second term, picking up 6,895 votes compared to 4,996 for Mike Farmer.

    Woody first won the seat in 2010, when he defeated Farmer, who was the incumbent county executive at that time.

    “I want to thank all my supporters, my family, friends and church members that helped us in this campaign,” Woody said.