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  • 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.

  • Fresh look at Cherokee history

    For the first time in intertribal history, the Cherokee Nation and Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are partnering to host “Cherokee Days,” a public educational program that shares the Cherokee story.

    The event is April 3-5 at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

  • Alleged meth lab in Rockwood

    From STAFF REPORTS

    Rockwood Police found what is believed to be a methamphetamine lab on Tuesday evening in the Evans Heights neighborhood.

    Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright credited his police officers for their community patrolling.

    Officer Brandon Smith was driving when he saw Raymond Earl Racey, 33, 479 Bullard Rd., Harriman, and knew he had an outstanding warrant and followed him back to an apartment in Evans Heights.

  • RCHS debuts grand band room

    With a steadily growing band and a dedicated leader, Roane County High School proudly unveiled its new band room at a concert Tuesday.

    “I’m blessed to have this facility,” said band director Zack Williamson.

    The $804,000, 5,000-square-feet facility was filled with those wishing to have a sneak peek at the building funded by part of the TVA funds given to the Roane County school system as reparation for the Kingston Fossil Plant ash spill in December 2008.

  • Couple sues ash cleanup company after miscarriage

    Another federal lawsuit has been filed against Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. over its handling of the TVA ash spill cleanup.

    This one, filed on behalf of Spring City residents Joe and Taylor Cunningham last month, accuses the company of causing a miscarriage.

    A dike failure at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant in December 2008 released more than 5 million cubic yards of fly ash.

    The disaster sparked a billion-dollar cleanup.

    Jacobs had a contract with TVA to provide safety for cleanup workers, the lawsuit said.

  • Bears learn too at Kingston Elementary

    Keaton Swicegood, left, and Ellie Layne talk into whisperphones as they read library books to their bears on Bring Your Bear to School day at Jennifer Raymer and Elisabeth Igou’s Kingston Elementary kindergarden classroom. 

    This week the students are learning about the letter “B” and are incorporating the bears in all subjects.
    For example Raymer explains how the students will use the bears during Math to help with counting.

  • More time for Leon Houston?

    The government isn’t happy that Leon Houston’s sentencing range is 10 to 16 months.

    So much so that Assistant United States Attorney David Jennings is planning to present evidence to argue why Houston deserves more time.

    “The calculated guidelines range of 10-16 months does not adequately reflect the criminal history of the defendant, nor his danger to the community,” Jennings said in a court filing last week. “Therefore, the United States will be seeking an upward departure from the guidelines range.”