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  • Expert to speak at joint meeting

    A consultant is expected to speak during a Roane County Commission/Board of Education public workshop on Thursday.
    Wesley Robertson is with the County Technical Assistance Service and was the executive director of local finance for the Tennessee Department of Education.
    Roane County Executive Ron Woody called Robertson an expert on the Basic Education Program.
    “He was the one that was running the BEP formula,” Woody said.

  • Judge: Leon playing delay game

    Leon Houston’s latest effort to get rid of an attorney failed last week.
    “The court is beginning to discern a pattern of the defendant seeking to delay his trial once it draws near,” U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. said in an order filed Sept. 6.
    Two previous trial dates in Houston’s case have been postponed. For the moment, the Sept. 24 trial date is still set.

  • Osprey gets second chance

    The waters that are the lifeblood for Watts Bar Lake’s many ospreys almost took the life of one of the birds last month.
    It took a cooperative effort to save the youngster.
    Larry Steidle of Blue Springs Marina was working when he happened to see an exhausted young fledgling poke its head from the water.

  • Kingston ready to flip solar switch

    The city of Kingston draws ever closer to cutting a ribbon on the long-awaited Ladd Landing Greenway project, and flipping a switch on the first of two planned solar farms off James Ferry Road.

    According to recent updates at the Sept. 3 Kingston City Council work session, both projects will be scheduled for ceremonial grand openings as soon as all relevant state and local officials can coordinate their schedules.

    For the greenway, that could mean anytime in the next several weeks.

  • Monetary, school supplies donations lagging for Teachers Supply Closet

    With less than a month until the Roane Chamber’s annual Teachers Supply Closet, school supplies and monetary donations are lagging from previous years.
    The Chamber’s 2013 Teachers Supply Closet will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 25 on the main campus of Roane State Community College.
    “We still have time to make this year’s Supply Closet successful,” said Allen Lutz, education and workforce development specialist for The Roane Alliance. “The supplies and donations really do make a difference for the teachers and students.”

  • Harriman hydrant testing now underway

    Harriman Fire Department and Harriman Utility Board is presently flow testing fire hydrant within the city limits.
    This process could cause water to become muddy or cloudy.
    Water customers are advised  to let water run for a short period until it clears if these conditions occur.
    The testing is vital to make sure that Harriman has an operating water source when an emer-
    gency incident occurs
    and is an annual requirement for insurance ratings.
     

  • School supplies from Harriman Care
  • Walking trail grant decision on this week

    Harriman City Council will decide this week whether to proceed with a grant to make a walking trail in the downtown area or turn the grant back over so someone else can receive it.
    The Council will meet briefly in a workshop at 6 p.m.
    The meeting will precede the 6:30 p.m. police board meeting and the regular 7 p.m. Council meeting.
    Bob Tidwell, who has been working on the grants, asked if the city wanted to spend the money.
    He estimates the cost to the city to be $169,174, with $447,776 in federal funds.

  • Another beleaguered tavern up for beer permit

    The Roane County Beer Board will not consider a permit for the Grill & Pub on Tuesday, but another spot that is well known to law enforcement is on the agenda.  
    Joyce Fulsom is seeking a beer permit for Claudia’s Bar on Roane State Hwy.
    Beer board secretary Bobbie Tipton said the previous permit holder, Claudia Norman, passed away last month.
    Fulsom plans to operate as D&J’s.     
    “The establishment is safe,” Fulsom said.
    E-911 dispatch records for the establishment date back to 2001.

  • Roane County jail certified by TCI last week

    The Tennessee Corrections Institute certified the Roane County Jail at its meeting in Nashville last Wednesday.
    The jail has been dealing with overcrowding issues this year, and some county officials had expressed concerns that might lead to decertification.
    “TCI, they’re really good to work with,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said. “Basically, they just want to help us get into compliance.”