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  • RSCC celebrates health grant

    Hilda Solis, U.S. Secretary of Labor, got a birds-eye view of how Roane State will use its portion of $12.57 million in grant funds from the RX-Tennessee grant.

    The funds were awarded to a consortium led by Roane State and including the Tennessee Board of Regents’ community colleges and Tennessee Technology Centers.

    “This was a competitive process. This was a national competition and, of course, your state, this campus, came out ahead. I’m very pleased to be here today to make this announcement,” Solis said.

  • Medication bin at sheriff’s office keep drugs away from abusers

    Roane Countians no longer have to wait for a drug take-back event to dispose of outdated and unwanted prescriptions or over the counter medicines.

    A Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation collection bin is located at the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.

    “This joint effort is designed to educate citizens on the importance of appropriate disposal of pharmaceuticals, while increasing the number of locations for them to do so,” TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau said in a prepared statement.

  • New barracks to be added at Fort Southwest Point

    Plans are under way for reconstruction of an additional barracks at historic Fort Southwest Point.

    The new building will be even larger than the first structure, which is 43-by-17 feet with a 5-foot-deep porch that was built in the early 1990s. The second barracks will measure 62-by-16.

    “We’d like to get the foundation set and logs laid this winter,” said Rick Ross, director of parks and recreation for the City of Kingston.

    In order to make that work, the staff at Fort Southwest Point needs a little help. 

  • Mugshot publisher leaves out own

    The publisher of one of the mugshot tabloids sold in local convenience stores knows what it’s like to have a booking photo taken. 

    In fact, hers has been taken quite a few times — although none have appeared in her publications featuring hundreds of other mugs.

    Mychel Dillard, who publishes Caught Up, doesn’t see anything wrong with that. 

  • Feeding the waterfowl


  • Jago to head school board

    The Roane County Board of Education selected Rob Jago to serve as chairman over the next year. 

    Jago, a District 5/6 board member, had spent this past year as the vice chairman. 

    “My goal is to make sure we move ahead,” he said.

    Jago started his second four-year term on the school board on Sept. 1. This will be his first time serving as chairman.  

  • Deer hunters can help hungry

    A Roane County meat processor hopes to get as much venison as possible this year into the hands of needy families.

    Allen Aull, owner of Aull’s Poplar Creek Ranch, has participated in the Hunters for the Hungry program for 10 years. 

    The program offers deer hunters an opportunity to donate a portion or all of their harvest to those less fortunate.

    “I got involved with it right after it started,” said Aull, who has been processing deer the past two decades on his Oliver Springs farm.

  • No school on Election Day in county

    Roane County students will be out of school on Nov. 6. That’s Election Day and four schools — Midway and Ridge View elementary, Cherokee Middle and Harriman High — serve as polling places.   

    Board of Education members didn’t like the idea of students being at school when people are going there to vote. 

    “I think it’s dangerous,” Mike “Brillo” Miller said. “I think we’re asking for trouble.” 

    Wade McCullough agreed.

  • Whaley decision official

    The Tennessee Board of Regents has approved Chris Whaley as Roane State Community College’s newest president.

    Whaley, a Roane State alumnus and current vice president of student learning and chief academic officer, was recommended by TBR Chancellor John Morgan and unanimously approved by regents participating in a telephonic meeting.

    “To say it is an honor I guess is the understatement of the world to me,” Whaley said after the vote.

  • Police roundup: Williams on leave, sex offender jailed

    Leslie Henderson, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance, said Darrell Williams is on unpaid administrative leave after a recent drunk driving charge.

    Williams, vice president of business development for the Alliance, was charged with DUI and violation of implied consent on Sept. 17 following a lunchtime crash.