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  • Early voting starts Friday

    Beginning Friday, July 13, registered voters will have the opportunity to cast their ballots for the Aug. 2 state primary and county general elections.

    Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway is encouraging voters to take advantage of early voting.

    “Early voting is a convenient way for voters to be sure their voices are heard,” Holiway said. “With this kind of flexibility, I hope that our voters will not miss this opportunity to exercise their right to vote.”

  • ‘Just hush’

    Rockwood Mayor James Watts threatened to have Vice Mayor Peggy Evans removed from council chambers Monday when Evans once again brought up the contentious position of city administrator.
    “You talked about that the other night, and I think you’ve said enough,” Watts said.

  • School principals to be named for Midway, Midtown

    Keevin Woody is the new elementary education supervisor for Roane County Schools.
    He replaces Gary Aytes, who took over as director of schools on July 1.
    Woody had served as principal at Midway Elementary School since 2003.
    Prior to that he was an assistant principal and teacher at the school.   
    Aytes said interviews for the Midway principal position will begin Friday and continue into next week.
    Aytes said the school system also has a principal position open at Midtown Elementary School.

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  • Roane Relay for Life exceeds goal

    This year’s Relay for Life in Roane County has significantly surpassed its aspiring $52,000 fundraising goal for the American Cancer Society.
    “We’re at $63,800,” announced chairwoman Fran Puckett last month.
    Last year, Relay made its $50,000 goal, and Puckett and others had set what they thought was a optimistic goal.
    Growing the number of teams and the level of enthusiasm this year are credited with the success of the fundraising, which isn’t quite over and could continue to grow.

  • Victorian Square seeking volunteers

    Victorian Square welcomes interested indiviuals to become volunteers at the facility.
    “There are persons in the community who desire to reach out to others,” said Barbara Satterfield, the facility’s activity director. “Our senior adults greatly benefit from interaction with persons of all ages. Just taking 30 minutes to an hour of one's time to assist with outings, taking walks, calling bingo, assisting with arts and crafts, singing, reading or storytelling goes a long way.”

  • Weather hurting fireworks sales

    Sizzling temperatures have kept some people away from numerous fireworks stands around Roane County, but those who man the tents are still seeing a steady drizzle of people.
    Pentecostal Lighthouse Church Associate Pastor Harlon McBride said his Midtown tent next to Pattersons Home Appliance is seeing about regular turnout, but he thinks the weather has played a role.
    “My other three tents are a little slow,” he admitted.
    He said they’ve made some more specials to help compete.

  • Record high temperatures, no rain dampen spirits for holiday weekend

    The onslaught of scorching dry weather raised concerns about public safety from people staying cool and concerns about fires.
    Over the weekend, with forecasts projecting highs of more than 100 degrees, the Roane County Office of Emergency Services & Homeland Security announced there would be several locations open during the day as cooling centers.
    People took advantage of them, too.
    “I think we had a couple dozen people show up,” said Howie Rose, Office of Emergency Management.

  • Accused killer in Roane custody

    Shawn Smoot was booked into the Roane County Jail on Saturday.
    Sheriff Jack Stockton said two of his deputies transported Smoot to the jail from Mississippi.
    “They left Friday morning about 10:30 or so and they got back (Saturday) around 6 o’clock,” he said.
    Smoot was indicted by the Roane County grand jury last month for first-degree murder in the death of Brooke Morris.
    Her body was found at Blair Road and Old Blair Road last October. Authorities said  the 23-year-old Knox County woman was shot to death.