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  • Sorry kids, no school delay

    With the budget process pretty much complete, Roane County school officials are looking forward to starting the new year on time next month.

    “Everything is good to go,” Board of Education Member Sam Cox said.

    The first day of school is scheduled for Aug. 10. Earlier this year Cox said he was leery about starting the year without a budget. However, the Roane County Commission approved the system’s budget last week.

    “We’ve got a budget,” Cox said. “That was my only hold up.”

  • Phillips sentenced to serve at least seven years

    Adam Dewayne Phillips received a 12-year prison sentence on Monday after pleading guilty in Roane County Criminal Court to seven crimes, including agrravated robbery. All court costs, fines and restitution in the cases were waived.

    Assistant District Attorney General Terry Stevens said Phillips will have to serve at least seven years of his sentence before he’s eligible for parole.

  • Houston farm back in family after transfer

    Leon Houston may have a place to go when he gets out of prison.

    His father’s South of the River farm is now owned by his sisters — Lisa Burris and Debbie Cofer.

    Clyde Houston died on March 14, 2012. Cleveland attorney James F. Logan Jr. was appointed administrator of his estate in 2013.

    Logan transferred ownership of the 150-acre farm to Burris and Cofer in February of this year.

  • Former councilman, conservationist dies

    A former Rockwood City Council member and city utility board member died Saturday.

    Glen Long, who was married to current Councilwoman Jane Long for 54 years, was active in city government and other aspects of the community. It was through his role in city government that Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller got to know him better.

    “There isn’t no doubt he really loved our community,” said Miller.

    Glen Long served 12 years as a Rockwood City Council member and also sat on the Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas board 14 years.

  • Jail infection suit dropped

    Brandi Rene Buckholtz voluntarily dismissed her federal lawsuit against the Roane County Jail, Sheriff Jack Stockton and Southern Health Partners.

    Buckholtz sued the county, the sheriff and Southern Health Partners last year, alleging the parties were responsible for her contracting the methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus infection, more commonly known as MRSA while incarcerated at the Roane County Jail.

    The staph bacteria is highly dangerous and potentially deadly.

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    Nearly four years after the death of their son, Roy and Rebecca Harvey now have some sense of closure.

    The man responsible for his death, Eric Glenn Gallaher, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in Roane County Criminal Court on Friday.

    “I’m glad that it’s over,” Rebecca Harvey said after the hearing.

    “It’s part over. My heart’s never healed. It will never heal.”

  • Academy makes an ‘amazing’ difference

    Roane Academy staff want to change the lives of the young men who come through their doors.

    “It is an amazing program,” said Mark Akers, the Academy’s facility director. “The outcome for these kids has been very, very good” for the last four months.

    Roane Academy is a treatment facility for boys, typically ages 12-17, in state custody for a variety of reasons.

    Those reasons range from dependant and neglect cases where there are issues in the home to behavioral issues or juvenile justice cases.

  • Christmas deadline for school boundaries

    Roane County Schools will have a plan in place for redistricting by this Christmas.

    Roane County Board of Education approved the deadline during its monthly meeting Thursday.

    Board member Larry Brackett’s motion to develop a plan by the holiday was seconded by board member Danny Wright.

    In addition to setting a deadline to have a plan in place for the 2016-17 school year “it also gives parents ample time to prepare,” said Wright.