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  • Comments sought on debt form

    The Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury, through its Office of State and Local Finance, is seeking comment on revisions to a form that a local government is required to complete when it borrows money.
    The proposed revisions to the form CT-0253 can be viewed online at: http://www.comptroller.tn.gov/sl/pubdebt.asp
    The comment period will last from Oct. 1 through Nov. 15.

  • Unstopping Kingston’s biggest bottleneck

    Progression Electric added just another piece to the puzzle at the intersection of Kentucky Street and Race streets (Hwys. 50 and 70) with the addition of a new traffic light system. For now, work on repaving, traffic signals and the addition of a turning lane has made the intersection more congested than normal. Eventually, however, state highway officials hope the improvements will ease traffic bottlenecks. The problems are especially apparent on weekday afternoons, when work and school lets out.

  • New mantra: Community with best schools wins

    The goal of Roane County Schools Education Foundation’s members is to create partnerships to support academics in Roane County with money and resources.

    The new foundation is having a kickoff on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 6 p.m. at The Roane Alliance Building.

    The public is invited.

    The foundation will raise funds through grants, private and in-kind donations to support academics in a time when funding avenues are drying up elsewhere.

  • Culbertson helped sink ship that fired 1st U.S. war shot

    Hoke Culbertson of Kingston was on the U.S. Navy’s U.S.S. O’Brien with Capt. W.W. Outerbridge.
    Outerbridge was commander of U.S.S. Ward, which fired the first shot in the Pacific of World War II.
    Later, Culbertson was on the O’Brien when the men were forced to sink the damaged Ward during the Leyte operation, Ormoc Bay landing in 1944.
    “Ormoc Bay is where we sunk the Ward,” Culbertson said. “We scuttled it. It was hit by kamikaze.”

  • WORLD WAR II VETS SHARE EXPERIENCES

    Rockwood’s Jake Jackson traveled across Europe in the U.S. Army during World War II.
    He’s seen a lot, including a group of weary travelers walking a road toward a nearby town.
    He said it looked like they were wearing and holding everything they owned.
    Certain they were victims of a concentration camp, their image sticks with Jackson to this day.
    “To me, it looked like skin was just stretched over some bones,” he said.
    “They were the most pathetic group of people I ever seen.”

  • Police nab mom for dropping kid while intoxicated

    From staff reports
    A Rockwood mother was arrested last week on public intoxiation and child endangerment charges after a 911 caller claimed to see her repeatedly drop her toddler at Roane County  Park.
    Leigh Ann Barnett, 31, of 133 Teague Road, was taken into custody on Sept. 22 at the park’s splash pad.
    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Stan Hohulin reported that he found Barnett sitting on the concrete, trying to reach her 15-month-old son.

  • School tops in growth

    Harriman Middle School will be getting a visit from Tennessee Department of Education officials this year because of the school’s improvements in seventh-grade language arts.
    The school did extremely well this year in its Tennessee Value Added Assessment System scores.
    “Harriman Middle School finished the top 10 in the state last year in their growth (overall),” said Roane County Schools Director Gary Aytes.
    The report assesses the schools in both achievement and value added.

  • Be still, my beating wings

    It’s rare to see a hummingbird with its wings stilled. It’s even rarer to capture the image with a camera. But that’s just what Roane Newspapers photographer Kaitlin Keane was able to do late last week in Harriman. While on assignment at Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center, Keane noticed the agile little creature in its atypical resting pose at a feeder, and she couldn’t resist snapping before the constant movement began anew.