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  • Director of accounts didn’t receive full salary budgeted in first year

    Kaley Walker started her job as Roane County director of accounts and budgets on Oct. 1, 2010.

    The salary budgeted for the position that fiscal year was $69,461.

    Walker, however, was only paid $41,344, which included $1,220 for board and committee meetings.

    “We hired her at the total budget amount, but we did not pay her at that rate immediately,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    Woody said he wanted to give Walker some incentive to prove herself worthy of the job.

  • Police stun combative man

    Joel Glenn Willis, a 55-year-old Kingston man, was charged with assault, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and criminal trespass last week.

    Kingston Police Officer Brian Luttrell said he was traveling on North Third Street when he saw Willis standing in the road, yelling at cars.

    “When Mr. Willis saw me, he started walking toward the United Community Bank located at 223 N. Third St.,” the report said. “Mr. Willis made entry into the bank.”

    Luttrell said Willis became combative while inside the bank.

  • Hair donation drive part of Relay for Life events

    One of the most dramatic experiences cancer patients have during treatment is losing their hair.

    Locks of Love is a charity that helps collect natural hair to make wigs for ill children, including those impacted by cancer treatment.

    A Locks of Love donation drive will be part of this year’s Roane County Relay for Life event April 25.

    Those who wish to donate 10 inches of hair to make wigs for those who lost their hair while undergoing cancer treatment can go to the event to have their hair cut by a licensed beautician at 8 p.m.

  • Chamber awards banquet set April 25

    Spring has finally arrived, and with it comes one of Roane County’s most-anticipated social events – the Roane County Chamber of Commerce awards banquet.

    The banquet, set for April 25 in Whitestone Country Inn, is now in its 68th year and still one of the more popular events for Roane County businesses and community leaders.

    Tickets are now available, as well as opportunities to donate items to the silent auction.

  • Habitat to start accepting home applications April 15

    Roane County Habitat for Humanity will accept applications for home ownership from April 15-May 15.

    Applications are available at the Habitat website at www.roanehabitat.org.

    Appplications will also be available at public libraries in Harriman, Kingston, Oliver Springs and Rockwood; Harriman and Kingston Food City; and Mid-East Community Action Agency, Harriman.

    Contact 376-5770 or vicepresident@roanehabitat.org for details.

  • Stocktons hope for bomb-free Boston Marathon this go-round

    Tara Stockton was within a half-mile of completing the Boston Marathon last year when bombs exploded near the finish line. The race was halted and she never got to finish.

    Stockton will get another chance later this month.

    “The runners that weren’t allowed to finish, they gave us another invitation,” she said. “I’m excited at getting another opportunity to go.”

  • Election races final – or are they?

    Thursday’s filing deadline came and went with Tom McFarland and Mike Pemberton as the only two candidates for 9th Judicial District circuit court judge.

    That race may not be set, however.

    Willis Hall, 120 Phillips Road, Kingston, filed a complaint with the Roane County Election Commission challenging Pemberton’s residency.

    The judicial district is comprised of Roane, Loudon, Meigs and Morgan counties. Hall alleges that Pemberton does not live in the district.

  • Cyclists invade Roane for racing event

    Roane County will play host to a cycling event April 12-13 that will draw hundreds of participants.

    Harriman City Councilman Chris Ahler, a co-director and a retired competitive cyclist, is working with Tim Tidwell, a TVA economic development specialist and an avid cyclist, on the Roane County Omnium.

    They expect between 200 and 250 racers to attend the three-race series.

    Ahler said they wanted something that would showcase much of the county’s finest attractions

  • Stench brings out utility crews

    A stench lingered between Harriman and Rockwood Tuesday morning, sending utility crews looking for a natural gas leak

    They found none.

    “The best we can determine it was an outside (source),” said Harriman Utility Board manager Bill Young. He said it could have been something traveling on nearby rails

    The smell prompted the Henry Center to message parents that they could pick up their children early.

    Young said it was a great exercise between HUB and Rockwood Water Sewer and Gas working together in a potential emergency scenario.

  • State parks offer special guided tours

    Tennessee State Parks is offering all-inclusive guided tour packages.

    Waterfall tours are available April 28-30, May 12-14 and June 9-11. The all-inclusive package, $249 per person, includes the tour, lodging, meals, interpretive programming and site visit transportation.