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  • County approves 2-percent raises

    The Roane County Commission approved the budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year on Monday.
    The budget keeps property tax rates the same and includes a 2 percent raise for county employees.
    “We wish it was more, but we’re glad for the employees,” County Executive Ron Woody said. “The commission also added $10 more per pay period to their 401(k) if they want to match it, which is a long-term benefit for the employees.”
    Woody said there’s also no money being borrowed to fund the budget.

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  • Looseleaf Laureate: Bond of two brothers is example of civility

    Remember that looming hot spell I warned you about a couple of weeks ago? It fell smack in the middle of my vacation.
    I was near Richmond, Va., when a freak storm knocked the power out to millions of people on the Atlantic seaboard.
    Exterior temperatures rose over 105 degrees during the two days we were without electricity, but we made do.
    My boyfriend, Derek, and I were visiting his brother, Tom, a Zen-like guy who always seems to roll with the punches.

  • Teen to do mission work in London

    A Roane County teen will be in London during the summer Olympics, spending his time in the bustling city ministering to others.

    Christian Hawkins is being sent by Christians ministries group Global Expeditions.

    He said it’s a wonderful opportunity to spread the Gospel.

    “I’m just really excited about this trip. It is going to be amazing what God is going to do there,” Hawkins said.

  • New principals at Roane schools

    New principals have been named for Midway and Midtown elementary schools.

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said Tim Thompson will take over at Midway.

    Thompson had been the assistant principal at Cherokee Middle School. He replaces Keevin Woody, who took a job in the central office.

    Aytes said Kendra Inman is the new principal at Midtown. She had been the principal at Dyllis Elementary School, but it was closed after the 2011-12 school year.

  • Ferguson feels regrets over DA employee suspension

    Road superintendent candidate Dennis Ferguson said he feels bad that District Attorney General’s Office administrative assistant Angie Vittatoe received a two-day suspension last month.

    The suspension without pay was handed down by District Attorney General Russell Johnson because Vittatoe used an office computer to register a domain name for Ferguson’s campaign.

    “Sure, I feel bad that she got suspended,” Ferguson said. “But her boss, that’s what he did. I respect that. He saw what had happened and he took care of it.”

  • Top legal gun helps assessor

    Taxpayers looking to take on Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham over appraisals might have to deal with the top legal adviser to one of the state’s constitutional officers.
    Robert Lee is general counsel to Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson.
    State law allows Lee to intervene in any case before the State Board of Equalization. He’s joined the side of Kirkham’s office in some high-profile appeals.

  • Excavator-trailer incident does not end well for marina man

    Bayside Marina owner Alan Schneider is once again in trouble with the law.
    His most recent legal issue occurred on Saturday at the marina, which is located at 134 Bayside Drive, Ten Mile.
    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office incident report,  Schneider used an excavator to move a trailer while a woman was still inside.

  • Ferguson not alone in qualification questions from state

    The letter Dennis Ferguson received from the state last September concerning his qualifications as a candidate for Roane County road superintendent is a standard letter that many candidates for the office receive.
    In fact, Jim Beason and Brian Mullins, who are running against Ferguson in the election, were sent the same letter last year concerning their qualifications.