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  • School officials sort out contracts

    The Roane County Education Association wants to engage in collaborative conferencing with the Board of Education.

    Director of Schools Toni McGriff informed the board about the association’s desire last month.  

    “We’ll be moving forward on that,” she said. “It’s not anything that’s been forgotten. It’s just that it takes a while to get into this new mode of doing it.”

  • I-40 mtg. set for Monday

    Rockwood’s committee focused on getting an Interstate 40 interchange and connector road at Hwy. 299 into the city will have its first meeting Monday, Feb. 6, at 1 p.m.

    Rockwood officials talked about the possibility of getting the interchange on the highway, which crosses I-40, and the connector road would replace the old Airport Road.

    The new road would come down the mountain into Rockwood Street.

  • Crowded field no bother for property assessor

    The more is often the merrier for a political incumbent.
    “I think that’s probably the reason the existing property assessor is pretty excited that there’s so many running,” J.T. Woods said.
    Woods is one of five people in the race for Roane County property assessor.
    Incumbent Teresa Kirkham acknowledged that the crowded field works in her favor.
    “That will split up the vote,” she said.
    David Morgan, Cheryl L. Laxton and Steven Robinette are the other candidates in the race.

  • Opponent once was Kirkham's employee

    Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham said she knows why J.T. Woods is running for her job.
    “Because I fired him,” she said.
    Woods is looking to unseat Kirkham in the August election. He’s not alone.
    Other candidates in the race for property assessor include David Morgan, Cheryl L. Laxton and Steven Robinette.
    According to county records, Woods worked in the property assessor’s office from Sept. 21, 2008, to Nov. 15, 2010.
    He said Kirkham is not telling the truth when she says she fired him. 

  • Valentines married 68 years

    For 68 years, Nadine and Glen Kinser have kept their marriage strong.
    “It seems like such a short time,” said Nadine, 87. “We’ve always got along good.”
    “He’s a loving, kind man. I don’t believe I could have found a better one if I could have looked the whole world over. He was born in Nebraska, and I was born in Kentucky. So he had to come all the way from Nebraska to find me. That has always been our saying,” she said.

  • Valentines married 68 years

    For 68 years, Nadine and Glen Kinser have kept their marriage strong.
    “It seems like such a short time,” said Nadine, 87. “We’ve always got along good.”
    “He’s a loving, kind man. I don’t believe I could have found a better one if I could have looked the whole world over. He was born in Nebraska, and I was born in Kentucky. So he had to come all the way from Nebraska to find me. That has always been our saying,” she said.

  • Roane State has book sale in Oak Ridge

    Roane State Community College’s Oak Ridge campus will host the 12th annual “Love Your Library” used book sale Feb. 14-15 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Available items will include paperbacks, textbooks, cookbooks, computer software books, children’s books and more.
    Items will be on sale in the atrium in front of the library.
    Proceeds support the campus’s Coffey Library.
    Checks should be written to the Roane State Foundation.
    To donate items for the book sale, bring them to the Coffey Library.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Butting heads — and finding common ground

    For years — many years — I have ducked my head in humiliation when it comes to the University of Tennessee-University of Kentucky rivalry.
    As a Kentucky native who was born in Lexington while my dad attended engineering school at UK, it has been easy to root for the Wildcats. Even so, I sometimes find the fan obsession there a bit much.
    Basketball generally was Kentucky’s sport, while football was the one we grudgingly conceded to Tennessee.
    Then came the Bruce Pearl years, and Tennessee was beating us at roundball, too.

  • Police burn counterfeit purses

    The Kingston Police Department destroyed goods confiscated three years ago while investigating Stacey Aulbach’s Sack Shack.

    Sack Shack, which has since been shut down, was located in downtown Kingston and sold counterfeit goods bearing designer-brand logos.

    According to a news release, investigator Sam Bolden said he received a call from Keith Haney, president of an investigative and asset recovery firm, Haney and Associates, telling him that a client in New York believed the Sack Shack sold counterfeit items.

  • Rockwood Housing: Opponents decry low-income apartments

    Rockwood may have another income-based apartment complex near Deer Run Apartments.
    That, according to city officials, is not sitting well with many people.
    “I’ve not had a positive comment from anyone I talked to,” Councilman Bill Thompson said.
    He and others were upset that that they didn’t hear about the rezoning request until it was put on the council agenda.
    Vice Mayor Peggy Evans is against the proposed Heritage Hills apartments.