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  • ‘Doc’ King remembered by county

    The Roane County Commission honored the late Glenn Wilson King with a posthumous resolution earlier this month.

    “I appreciate it, and my family appreciates you remembering him,” his wife, Mary King, told the commission.
    King died on Feb. 5.

    He practiced optometry in the county for 31 years and was an active member of the Rockwood Rotary Club.
    Commissioner Ron Berry said he felt it was important to recognize King for his contributions to Roane County Park.

  • Cleanup planned in Rockwood

    Rockwood will be holding spring cleanup from April 9-13.

    People that know they will need items picked up are asked to call Christy at city hall at 354-0163 to arrange a pickup.

    Tires will not be picked up, but batteries will as long as they are separate from other trash.
     

  • United Way plans Family Fun Day

    United Way is holding its annual Family Fun Day on Saturday, May 12, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Roane State Community College.

    There is no charge for admission.

    If your local organization or business would like to set up a free information or promotional booth, or would like to perform or entertain at the Family Fun Day, call the United Way office at 882-7711 or Christy Adair at 717-0021.

  • Michael Dunn chief named to state council

    Michael Dunn Center’s president and CEO has been named chairman of a statewide planning and policy council for the state’s Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and DIDD Commissioner Jim Henry announced McElhinney’s appointment as the first chair of the council in a news release this week. The council was formed in the Tennessee code when DIDD was established as a state department.

  • Schools director search narrowed to 10

    Three Roane County Schools employees who applied for the director of schools position were among the 10 people recommended for an interview with the Board of Education.

    The group includes Gary Aytes, Elizabeth Rose and Keevin Woody. The board plans to interview them along with seven other candidates in April.

    “I'm glad that all Roane County candidates got in the top 10,” Board Member Darrell “Drack” Langley said.

  • Harriman property sales may help build city coffers

    Harriman Industrial Development Board has been busy selling buildings, and it hopes to soon send a chunk of that money the city’s way.

    The industrial board has sold multiple properties in the last year, including the former National Guard Armory for approximately $155,000, the former Browder Farm and Town building next to city hall for $27,000 and the Giles building, a Roane Street building that now houses Kim Inman’s real estate shop, for $30,000.

  • HANDS OF MERCY event

    Food and fun are cheap commodities if you attend this weekend’s Hands of Mercy Food Drive.

    All that organizers ask in return for the free festivities is that attendees donate a nonperishable food item to the drive from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday.

    Attendees can eat, thanks to Wampler’s Farm Sausage, just across the county line.

    “Wampler is going to give you a hot dog lunch with coke and potato chips,” said Sharon Pinner, Hands of Mercy director.

  • News story puts hitch in murder trial

    The attorney for Milford Barnett asked the judge overseeing his client’s second-degree murder case for a continuance and change of venue.
    The trial was scheduled to start on Tuesday, but Walter Johnson claimed the jury pool was tainted by a story that appeared in the Monday edition of the Roane County News.

  • Tom Pierce administrative leave extended

    Rockwood Public Works Director Tom Pierce continues to be on administrative leave without pay after auditors raised red flags about some questionable city credit card purchases.
    At a meeting Monday, Rockwood officials said Pierce’s attorney asked for more time to gather and present information to defend his case.
    Mayor James Watts asked council members to consider extending his administrative leave, an issue that wasn’t on the agenda.

  • Kingston’s A1 debt rating highest possible

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    The cost of a new Kingston City Hall will be thousands of dollars cheaper — as will the annual tally of the rest of the city’s debt — thanks to the foresight of Kingston City Council.
    In November, Council moved to apply for an issuers rating from Moody’s Investors Service, at a one-time cost of $5,100 dollars.
    For the relatively small cost, the move offered Kingston the opportunity to save significantly on current and future loans should it receive a high rating from the firm.