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  • Dual-government meeting to be set

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes sent a letter to County Executive Ron Woody last month requesting a joint meeting between the Board of Education and the County Commission.
    “They (the school board) would like to discuss the upcoming budget and safety concerns in the schools,” Aytes said in the letter. He suggested April 1 and April 9 as possible dates.
    “If any of these dates are workable, please let us know, and we will set a time and place to meet,” the letter said.

  • Melton Hill draw-down to aid cleanup

    TVA will temporarily lower the water level of Melton Hill Reservoir beginning Friday, March 22, through Monday, April 1, to allow property owners to repair docks, stabilize shoreline and help pick up litter.
    The annual Melton Hill River Rescue cleanup day is Saturday, March 23.
    TVA will hold the water level of Melton Hill Reservoir between elevations 790 and 792 feet above sea level and begin raising the level to its normal elevation of 794 feet above sea level beginning April 2.

  • Bank robber pleads guilty

    Billy Joe Dugard has pleaded guilty to robbing five banks, including one in Kingston.

    He’s scheduled to be sentenced in U.S. District Court in New Albany, Ind., on May 31.

    In exchange for confessing to the crimes, federal prosecutors are recommending a sentence of 10 years in prison.

    “If the court accepts this plea agreement, defendant will be sentenced to 120 months imprisonment, and the amount of the fine and the amount of supervised release will be left to the discretion of the court,” the plea agreement said.

  • Harriman officials aim to fill up once-bustling medical facilities

    Harriman officials and area veterans dream big for a VA hospital in the former Roane Medical Center facility downtown.

    Officials also want to see the downtown buildings that once held medical facilities along Devonia Street taken out of city ownership and utilized.

    It’s something Councilman J.D. Sampson championed recently, talking about giving it to developers for residential projects.

    Mayor Chris Mason said they’ll be tackling the project head on this spring.

  • Newer, bigger jail now over capacity

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said he plans to send each commissioner a letter about overcrowding issues at the jail.

    The certified capacity is 174. At 4:34 p.m. on Feb. 25, Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said the inmate capacity was 233.

    He said it was 240 when he got to work that morning.

    “Every pod we’ve got has somebody sleeping on the floor,” Phillips said.

    There was 63 inmates in the women’s pod, which Phillips said is certified to hold 32.

  • Pay court fees, or lose your license

    As circuit court clerk, Kim Nelson doesn’t have the power to hold someone in contempt of court or put them in jail for not paying fines or court costs.

    She does, however, have a tool at her disposal that could get people’s attention.

    In 2011, Gov. Bill Haslam signed Public Chapter No. 504. According to Amanda Hughes with the Administra-

  • Pierce matter spurs change

    A lot has changed with Rockwood finances since the discovery that former public works director Tom Pierce made thousands in credit card purchases using city cards.

    Pierce was indicted last month for theft, unauthorized use of a credit card and official misconduct.

    “I think as long as the city continues to abide by the changes we’ve made, we should be in a position that no future council or mayor will have to go through a situation like this,” Mayor James Watts said.

  • Ex-exec’s son wants name of informant

    Tyler Farmer is demanding to know the identity of the confidential informant in his drug case.

    His attorney, John McFarland, filed a motion “requiring the state to disclose the name, address and telephone number of the informant who provided information to the investigating officers and participated in controlled drug buys that is the basis of this indictment.”

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