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  • Class-ranking policy to include dual enrollment

    A revised class ranking policy could be in effect when Roane County students return to school next month.

    The Board of Education approved a revision on first reading at its May meeting.

    It wasn’t approved on second reading in June, however, because board members were concerned that it didn’t address students who take dual enrollment courses.

    The board did approve a revision at its July 16 meeting that school officials say addresses dual enrollment students, advanced placement students and middle college students.

  • Budget OK’d, but raises for county workers yet to be paid

    The Roane County Commission approved a 1.5 percent raise for county employees this month, but the extra cash has yet to show up in their paychecks.

    That’s because while commission has approved a budget for the fiscal year, it has yet to set the tax rate that will fund it.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said the money for the raises will not be released until a tax rate is approved.

    “There’s still some risk that they may not approve the tax rate,” he said.

    The vote that set the budget passed 8-7.

  • POWERS DEAL ADDS UP TO 13 YEARS

    Christopher Lee Powers cut a deal with prosecutors on Friday in his criminal cases.

    Judge E. Eugene Eblen accepted the agreement and sentenced Powers to 13 years in prison.

    “I think it was an acceptable outcome,” Assistant District Attorney General Terry Stevens said. “It was important to get someone with his criminal activity off the streets.”

    One of the cases that Powers entered a guilty plea in stemmed from a Feb. 9 police chase that ended with him getting shot.

  • TVA properties go for more than $9 million

    Luxury homes and home sites bought by TVA in the wake of the 2008 fly ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant were auctioned off Saturday for $9.183 million.

    Sixty-two properties were sold at absolute auction by J.P. King Auction Co., a firm retained by TVA to publicize and sell holdings the federal agency purchased after the ash catastrophe, which released more than 5 million cubic yards of ash, a byproduct of coal burned at the Plant, into the environment.

  • Powers pleads guilty in deputy shooting case

    Christopher Powers has pleaded guilty to a Feb. 9 assault on Sheriff's Deputy John Mayes.

    Criminal Court Judge Eugene Eblen sentenced Powers to 13 years in prison on Friday morning.

    His sentence is a culmination of charges related to this incident and two other cases.

    Powers was shot several times by Mayes as he aimed his car toward Mayes in a chase that ended on Airport Road. Mayes was cleared of any wrongdoing in the case.

    Read Monday's issue of the Roane County News or visit RoaneCounty.com for more on this development.

  • Tractor fire an accident

    A Roane County Road Department employee who served time for burning down a church was behind the wheel of a county tractor that caught on fire on July 1.

    Don’t read anything into that, officials said.

    According to E-911 dispatch records, the incident involving employee Glenn Eugene Armes happened that day shortly after noon on McKinney Road.

    The Midtown Volunteer Fire Department responded. Chief Randy Scarborough Sr. said foul play was not suspected.

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  • Downtown fire cleanup back on

    Harriman residents can soon breathe a sigh of relief.

    Roane County is ready to proceed with demolition of what is left of the Miller & Brewer department store building after the estate of a former owner released the personal property this week.

    “He (an attorney for the estate) has signed over that the estate is not interested in any of the personal property,” said County Executive Ron Woody.

    The bid has been awarded, and the contractor is working on bonds for the project.

  • Water main break floods Kingston bank

    A water line break on Third Street in Kingston disrupted service and flooded the Regions Bank Wednesday evening. Kingston police and city water department workers responded to the incident.

    Crews worked well after dark to get it fixed.

    “We had several people out of water before we could get it shut down and isolated so we could fix it,” said Kingston water and sewer superintendent Mike Jolly. “It was about 2 o’clock this (Thursday) morning when we got everybody back.”

  • More charges for Swan Pond vandal suspect

    The man accused of vandalizing the Swan Pond Baptist Church cemetery picked up more charges last weekend.

    Kevin Delaney Limburg was arrested for DUI on July 18. When he got to the Roane County Jail, the intake officer reported finding a marijuana pipe and grinder in his bag, which led to a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Limburg, 42, is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 21.