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  • Local earthquake mystery probed


    For Roane County News

    If you didn’t feel the earth move about 1:35 p.m. Sunday, don’t feel bad.

    You aren’t alone.

    If not for news reports later in the day, few people may even have known about the 2.5 magnitude quake that centered about 7 miles east/northeast of Kingston.

    Faye Eblen of New Moody Road, which lies very close to the quake’s epicenter, said on Monday that neither she nor her husband, Raymond, felt the temblor.

  • County committee spells out what it wants from schools



    After butting heads a few times over money, Roane County Commission’s Budget Committee has outlined a list of things it wants the school system to provide during this year’s budget process.

    They include revenue projections, descriptions of each school, enrollment data, pupil/teacher ratios, teacher and support personnel salary data, zoning maps, bus replacement schedules that list bus models, years and mileage.

  • Despite nasty weather, school buildings OK



    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said the system managed to avoid any major maintenance issues during the streak of bad weather that kept students out of school for two weeks last month.

    “We had some guttering issues at Dyllis Springs Elementary,” he said. “We had a pipe to freeze at Cherokee Middle School.”

    Aytes said some buildings also experienced leaky roofs.

  • State offers financing to upgrade OS wastewater



    Oliver Springs is receiving $3.458 million for wastewater treatment plant improvements.

    The 20-year loan deal with the state is a $3.215 million loan with an interest rate of 0.68 percent and $242,060 in principal forgiveness — money that will not have to be repaid.

  • Sheriff on track with crime reports



    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is back in good standing with the TBI on the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System.

    In a letter dated Feb. 25, TBI Director Mark Gwyn notified Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton that his office has met the requirements for re-certification for data submission to the TIBRS program.

  • TVA Watts Bar to be topic at open house

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has scheduled an open house and poster session on March 17 to discuss the agency’s assessment of the Watts Bar nuclear power plant’s Unit 1 during 2014.

    The plant, operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority, is near Spring City, about 60 miles southwest of Knoxville and about 25 miles south of Rockwood.

    The open house and poster session will begin at 6 p.m. in Athens Comfort Inn at 2811 Decatur Pike.



    For Roane County News

    The Roane County Commission approved a plan Monday to move funds from the county property assessor’s budget to pay for the Tennessee Comptroller’s takeover of the county’s reassessment process.


    Joshua, left, and Isaiah Snipes light a candle during last week’s Space for Grace service at Rockwood First Christian Church. “It is our special prayer service during the season of Lent,” Pastor Kara Foster said. The service was a way for members to find rest and quiet while spending time in prayer. Candles were lit as a symbol of a prayer request, along with Communion and Scripture. The Lord’s Prayer was the closing.

  • All snowed out and no days to go



    Roane County Schools used its final snow day last Thursday.

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes said advice from the National Weather Service determined his decision, which he announced shortly after 4 a.m.

    “At 4 o’clock this morning, it was sleeting in the very western end of Roane County,” Aytes said after making his decision early Thursday.

    “The National Weather Service told us it was a much higher chance that we were going to get sleet and ice.”