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  • Roane school employees retire

    Roane County Schools said goodbye to 28 employees during a retirement reception Wednesday.

    Those who are leaving include:

    • Linda Bailey, transportation, 29 years.

    • Elizabeth Borum, Harriman High, 14 years.

    • Flo Bowman, Ridge View Elementary, 22 years.

    • Mary Byrd, Oliver Springs High, 30 years.

    • Gena Cates, Ridge View Elementary, 13 years.

    • Lesha Clark, Bowers Elementary, 32 1/2 years.

    • Laura Dailey, Roane County High, 30 years.

  • Schools will be able to hire

    Roane County Schools has positions that need filling for the 2015-16 school year. With the start less than two-and-a-half months away, the Roane County Board of Education voted 7-0 to lift the hiring freeze for essential positions during a special-called meeting on Wednesday.

    The freeze was put in place earlier this year because of the school system’s budget crisis. The crisis has not been solved, but Director of Schools Gary Aytes said some of the job openings are critical enough that the system needs to start trying to get people in place.

  • County raises still in budget, just smaller

    The Roane County Budget Committee considered recommending a 3-percent raise for employees, but opted for a 1.5-percent increase in its final proposal.

    Register of Deeds Sharon Brackett said she’s not surprised the proposed raise got reduced.

    “The employees are always the last people that they take care of,” she said. “Sorry to say, but it’s the truth.”

    Brackett was first elected register of deeds in 2006. Prior to that, she was an employee in the office.

  • Opening day a splash
  • Two couples, man, charged in burglaries

    Police made headway in a number of burglary cases in recent days.

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office arrested two suspects on Wednesday — Amanda Ileen Brown and Jesse Lee Duncan.

    Both are charged with aggravated burglary and theft of property from $10,000 to $60,000.

    Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said suspected stolen items were recovered, including guns, knives, coins and jewelry. Phillips was tight-lipped about the details surrounding the arrests because the investigation is ongoing.

  • Wrecking ball fun
  • Big day for Bowers
  • New monument to be added at Riverfront Park

    Veterans and their loved ones took time out on the Memorial Day weekend to remember those from Roane County who served their country.

    On Saturday, Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park was ablaze with red, white and blue around the War Memorial fountain.

    American Legion Post 53 adjutant Cliff Cole announced the newest plans for expansion.

    “We have started our Korean War Memorial,” said Cole.

    “We have begun the journey. I hope the journey is not as long as it was for Vietnam (War Memorial),” Cole continued.

  • GLIMPSES By MARK BANKER: Civil War’s causes – contemporary concerns

    What caused the Civil War?”

    The recent four-year sesquicentennial celebration suggests there is no end to our collective fascination with this question.

    Ever creative explanations for the war churn incessantly from the word processors of scholars and general observers, and debates — as heated as those that led to the original conflict — continue to color our national discourse.

  • School officials await final budget vote

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes last week updated the school board about two meetings school officials had with the Roane County Budget Committee on the school system’s proposed budget for the 2015-16 school year.

    Other than Aytes’ brief update, not much else was said about the budget during the meeting.

    “I appreciate the budget committee for the County Commission for the effort they’re giving to try to help us out with our budget,” Chairman Mike “Brillo” Miller said during the meeting.