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  • Two offices, only one Berry

    Ron Berry has picked up petitions to run for county commissioner and for circuit court clerk.

    When asked about it, Berry said he is exploring his options.

    The qualifying deadline is April 3, so Berry has until then to choose.

    “I’m just going to see what things are looking like,” he said.

    All 15 county commission seats will be on the ballot for the Aug. 7 election. Berry is one of three commissioners representing District 1.

  • Part-time job pays $93,000-plus

    Imagine a part-time job that pays more than $93,000.

    Moreover, if you pay taxes in Roane County, you’re footing the bill.

    Despite being a part-time job, the position of Roane County attorney pays $93,775.

    That’s more than the salaries of the sheriff and road superintendent, who each make $81,208, work full time and supervise government staffs.

    One county commissioner questioned the logic of the situation this week.

  • Roane County Schools closed on Thursday, Feb. 13, because of bad weather
  • Roane Central looks at possible 20 percent rate increase

    Roane Central Utility District's board will be considering a 20 percent rate increase at a meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13.

    Manager Bob Creswell feels it's a necessity due to a what he sees as a dramatic drop in revenue due to lower water sales to one of the utility’s biggest customers, TVA.

  • EPA: Coal ash OK in wallboard, concrete

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released its evaluation of the two largest beneficial uses of coal ash — the stuff involved in TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant disaster.

    It may be used in concrete as a substitute for Portland cement, and the use of flue gas desulfurization gypsum as a substitute for mined gypsum in wallboard.

    EPA’s evaluation concluded that encapsulated coal ash in concrete and wallboard is comparable to virgin materials.

  • History excellence to be honored

    East Tennessee Historical Society is seeking nominations from across the region for awards of excellence in the field of history.

    Each year, the society recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the preservation, promotion, programming, and interpretation of the region’s history.

    Awards are in four categories:

    The Award of Distinction recognizes a special project, such as publications, building preservation, or special program, such as a conference, heritage event, publication or lecture series.

  • Adult basketball league turns into slam dunk in Rockwood

    Every Sunday after church, the Rockwood Community Center gym is full of hustling athletes

    This time, however, it’s the adults — not the kids — getting in on the basketball action.

    The demand caught recreation officials off guard.

    “We just kind of threw it together,” said city park and recreation director Jody Mioduski. “I had a couple of people tell me I ought to do a men’s league. I started advertising, put it on Facebook.”

  • Former clients testify in Butler discipline case

    After numerous postponements, Harriman attorney Donice Butler’s disciplinary hearing finally got underway at the Roane County Courthouse this week.

    The Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility is seeking to have Butler disciplined over allegations that she violated rules on competence, diligence, communication, scope of representation and terminating representation.

    Butler is also accused of misconduct and lying to a tribunal. She faces a possible censure or suspension of her law license.

  • More than $30,000 for judge’s race?

    Finance records show Mike Pemberton’s campaign for circuit court judge raised more than $30,000 from Jan. 7-15.

    Impressive, perhaps, but rivals Tom McFarland and Kim Nelson said they are not concerned about his hefty war chest.

    “I am focused on my campaign and not what any other candidates are doing,” Nelson said.

    “This is February,” McFarland said. “It doesn’t concern me.”

    Election Day is Aug. 7.

    McFarland, Nelson and Pemberton are vying to replace Russell Simmons Jr.

  • Former law office may house kids

    Attorney Chris Cawood’s old Kingston law office could become a temporary shelter for displaced children.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said law enforcement has a need for such a place when children have to abruptly uproot because of meth labs and other unforeseen circumstances.