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  • No cross-voting in primary?

    Democrats voting in Republican primaries could become a thing of the past.
    “We actually have a piece of legislation drafted that would close our primaries, and I’m using that as a starting ground,” said State Speaker of the House Beth Harwell. “I’ve asked my research analyst to look at what other states are doing and see what works well and what doesn’t work well.”

  • Career program helps special-needs students

    Teachers in Roane County’s Work-based Learning for Special Needs Students program held an appreciation luncheon on Oct. 10 at Roane County High School for people who supported their effort.

    That includes staff at several businesses, churches and at least one school.

    During the unique program, students in special education programs in Roane County schools are able to map out a career path and hunt for a job.

    Once they secure employment from one of the sponsors, they

  • Dyllis wants school for community center

    A group of Dyllis community members wants to see a community use for the old Dyllis Elementary School.

    A petition signing to stop the sale of the now-closed school is going around. The signing is scheduled to be held at the school at 5 p.m. Saturday.

    “There is a bunch of us that believe the school would serve the community better as a community center. We’d hate to see it sold and mowed down and put houses on it. That wouldn’t benefit anybody,” said Robert Kennedy, who lives in the neighborhood.

  • Nuclear commission appoints Unit 2 inspector

    U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials in Atlanta have selected Eric Patterson as a resident inspector for construction activities at Watts Bar Unit 2 near Spring City.

    The plant is owned by the TVA and Watts Bar Unit 1 began operation at the site in 1996.

    Patterson joined the NRC in June 2010 as a construction project and mechanical construction inspector.  

  • Mural artist brings color to life

    Art has been a lifelong passion for Elaine Shumaker, though she didn’t always realize it.

    Shumaker, a Florida native, moved to Rockwood earlier this year to continue her dream of a owning an art and design business. She specializes in murals, faux finishes and visual illusion.

    After beginning her career as a children’s wear designer for eight years, Shumaker went back to college to become a dental hygienist. She spent the next two decades working with a tooth brush instead of a paint brush.

  • Slip of tongue brings criticism for state rep. candidate Calfee

    Republican Kent Calfee is being chided about his Democratic past by one of his opponents in the November election.

    “Although he was a Democrat for years and years and years, apparently he’s seen the light,” Democrat Jack McNew said. “But I know early on in the primary, and I don’t know if he’s soothed people’s fears or not, there was some concern that maybe he wasn’t as Republican as he’s claiming to be.”

    Calfee defeated Julia Hurley in the Aug. 2 Republican Primary.

  • Woman killed in wreck

    A 42-year-old Roane County mother was killed in a car crash on Saturday.

    The wreck happened around 3 p.m.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol fatality report, Teresa Duff was traveling south on Gallaher Road in a 2003 Kia Sorento when she ran off the road.   

    “The driver overcorrected and went across both lanes of the roadway to the left,” the report said.

  • Roane joins 911 suit against AT&T

    Roane County E-911 and several other 911 districts across Tennessee are suing AT&T, alleging the telecommunications giant broke state law by failing to collect, report and remit charges the districts rely on to operate.

    “In so doing, the defendant has purposefully deprived the district of the revenue it needs to provide its critical, life-saving 911 emergency services within Roane County,” the lawsuit said.  

    AT&T’s motivation, the lawsuit alleged, was to gain a competitive advantage.

  • Tax evader asked to resign

    A Rockwood Water Sewer and Natural Gas Board member has been asked to step down following charges of sales tax evasion in August.

    William Edward “Eddie” Lee entered a guilty plea to three counts of sales tax evasion for each of his three businesses: Big E’s Quick Mart, Go-Mart in Harriman, and Big E’s Tobacco Outlet in Kingston for the period between January 2006 and December 2008.

    Lee was put on eight years probation and granted judicial diversion but must pay the state $280,752.52 in restitution — or $3,000 per month.

  • Pauper burial proposal on hold for now

    A resolution that called for Roane County to “appropriate money to pay for pauper burials/cremations” was deferred to County Attorney Tom McFarland.

    Commissioners made the move at Monday night’s regular meeting.