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  • American Idol 2.0, Roane Style

    Another “American Idol” contestant has a Roane County connection.

    Country crooner Ben Briley, 24, is married to Oliver Springs High School alumna Courtney Sanders Briley.

    Courtney Briley went to high school with Janelle Arthur, the Oliver Springs country music artist who made it to the top five on the same televised music competition last season.

    “I am very proud,” said Courtney Briley’s grandmother, Barbara Matney of Harriman.

  • Bruner temporarily suspended

    Attorney Spence Bruner has gotten into more trouble with the Tennessee Supreme Court.

    On Jan. 31 the court suspended the Harriman attorney’s law license for 90 days.

    He was temporarily suspended

    by the court on Feb. 19 for failing to

    respond to the Tennessee Board of

    Professional Responsibility regarding a complaint of misconduct.

    The board oversees the conduct of attorneys for the Tennessee Supreme Court.

  • Boating safety class slated

    The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is giving an “About Boating Safely” class.

    The class will be from 6 to 9 p.m. March 4 and 6 in Kingston Community Center at 201 Patton Ferry Road.

    All ages are encouraged to take the class, but it is particularly important for young would-be boaters who want to take to the water on a boat.

    “If you are born after Jan. 1, 1989, you are required to take a boating safety class,” said Bill White, a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

  • Second Chance chili supper set

    Second Chance K-9 Rescue will have its 15th annual chili supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 27 in Kingston Community Center.

    The meal, available for a $5 donation, includes chili with toppings, dessert and drink.

    Proceeds will help Second Chance in its work to aid those who are unable to afford to spay and neuter their pets.

    The nonprofit group also provides pet food to pet owners unable to afford to buy it.

  • Workshops to focus on business with government

    A free workshop on doing business with the government is set next month in Oak Ridge.

    The workshop, a partnership between Roane State Community College’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center and the University of Tennessee’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center under the Leadership of the Center for Industrial Services, will be from 9 a.m. to noon March 18 in Oak Ridge Chamber of Comerce at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

  • Robotics team chili supper Saturday

    Roane County’s student robotics team will be hosting a chili supper and silent auction on Saturday from 5-7 p.m. at the Kingston Church of Christ Family Center.

    The cost is $5 for a meal that includes chili, dessert and drink.

    Vegetable soup and white chicken chili is also available.

    More than 80 items donated from local merchants or handmade will be up for bid.

    The money raised will help pay for the costs of the robotics competition.

  • More growth in Midtown?

    A developer hinted at new prospects for property adjacent to the Pinnacle Pointe shopping center.

    Robert Bowen attended a recent Harriman City Council meeting with news that a partner is willing to do the work to extend Pinnacle Drive to their adjacent property.

    However, Bowen was faced with the news that the mediation between the city and the Pinnacle Pointe developers had not been finalized yet earlier this month, which might put the plans on hold.

  • Schools deal with first districtwide accreditation effort

    AdvancED, an accreditation agency, was in town this week to conduct a review of the Roane County school system.

    “In the past we have done individual schools,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said. “We have never done a district accreditation in which they look at the whole district together, so this is a new experience for us.”

    Aytes said the school system contacted AdvancED for the review.

  • County hires veterans services officer

    The county has hired Brian Dunn to serve as its veteran service officer.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said Dunn’s first day on the job was Tuesday.

    “I would like to thank all the highly qualified candidates who applied for the job,” Woody said. “The veterans and their families will greatly benefit from this new office.”

    Dunn, who lives just outside the city of Rockwood, said he’s excited about the job. His military career includes service in the Air Force and Army.

  • Grill-N-Pub push delayed again

    The Roane County Beer Board didn’t turn down Roma Christopher’s application for a permit on Tuesday. The board didn’t approve it, either.

    Chairman Randy Ellis said Christopher’s attorney – Mike Ritter of Oak Ridge – asked for a continuance because he was sick under a doctor’s care. That was news to Christopher, who showed up and was prepared to present her case.