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  • Nelson for judge, Ellis for clerk

    Kim Nelson’s tenure as Roane County circuit court clerk could be one term.

    This week, Nelson announced plans to run for 9th Judicial District circuit court judge.

    “I’m preparing to run, and I have picked up papers to begin this process,” she said.

    Nelson was elected circuit court clerk in 2010. She replaced multi-term clerk Angela Randolph, who did not seek re-election that year.

    The race for judge will not include an incumbent, either.

  • Midtown gets more sewer aid

    Roane County has been awarded a Community Development Block Grant that will be used to provide sewer access to low-income residents in Midtown.

    “That’s a good thing for Roane County to be able to sewer another area of the county,” County Executive Ron Woody said. “It’s good for the citizens down there who were having problems with septic systems.”

    The state grant is for $487,067 and requires a $72,781 match from the county.

  • Fires keep Harriman officials busy

    Harriman firefighters put out a fire at an unoccupied home 212 Morgan St. early Sunday morning.

    It was the second fire there in the last couple of years, according to Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss.

    “It appeared to be in the stairwell to the second floor,” Goss said.

    Another fire, at 421 Morgan St., was on Sunday, Dec. 29.

    No one was hurt in that late night fire that heavily damaged the home.

  • Fleischmann gears up for another run

    U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann is proud of his support for a recent budget deal passed by Congress. The bipartisan agreement passed the House 332-94 and the Senate 64-36.

    “It’s actually a major accomplishment to get a budget when you think that our country has been operating without a budget for so long,” said Fleischmann, whose 11-county 3rd Congressional District includes all of Roane County. “I think it was important to get us back on the right track.”

  • State group names McNew top volunteer

    The Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division has named Jack McNew of Harriman its CASA Volunteer of the Year.

    McNew has been a court-appointed special advocate volunteer for five years.

    He was instrumental in the formation of CASA of the Ninth Judicial District, the CASA agency serving Loudon, Morgan and Roane counties, and has served on its board of directors since 2009.

  • No school Wednesday, Jan. 8, in Roane County

    For the third consecutive day, Roane County Schools are closed Wednesday due to extreme cold weather.

    "We just called it," Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said at about 5:45 p.m. Tuesday. “We still had three or four roads with icy conditions. There was also a real concern about the wind chill in the morning and students waiting out at the bus stop.”

    Most students are picked up in front of their homes, Aytes said, "but we have some areas where there are bus stops."

  • Rockwood hearing, session to address rezoning matters

    Rockwood City Council will meet in special-called session at 5 p.m. today, Monday, in Rockwood City Hall.

    In the session, which also includes a public hearing, the Council will consider and possibly take action on the second and final reading of an ordinance to rezone to change residential zoning categories for an area along West Strang Street, Trinity Avenue, Dunlap Avenue and Wheeler Street.

    When Council approved the first reading, some council members hesitated in casting a vote before being assured a public hearing would be held before final approval.

  • Belgian student drawn to lake, American TV

    When Geraldine Tanghe graduated from high school in Belgium, she didn’t know what to do next.

    “I didn’t really know what I wanted to study in college,” she said. “I thought it would be a good idea to take a break.”

    She eventually decided to do the student exchange program and found herself at Kingston’s Roane County High School.

    Tanghe doesn’t have the hesitant English that many exchange students exhibit, facing unfamiliarity with the language and the obvious twangy lilt that Southerners throw into it.

  • 2008 jail, Siteworx suit may be at end

    A nearly six-year-old lawsuit filed by Brian Mullins of Siteworx LLC could be on the verge of getting dismissed.

    “We’ve tried everything we can do to get the case prepared for trial, but the plaintiff just needs to get their legal counsel set to move forward,” Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland said.

  • No boom in bldg. permit revenues over past few years

    Building permit revenue hasn’t boomed since the Roane County Codes Enforcement and Zoning Office moved to the white house on Third Street in Kingston.

    It actually dipped in the years following the move before ticking back up last year.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said that’s because market conditions, not the location of the Codes Enforcement and Zoning Office, dictates the demand for building permits.

    “Your revenue is based upon the need, and the need is based upon the economy,” Woody said.