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  • Kingwood fails to meet low-income funding criteria

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    Kingston’s efforts to land a $500,000 housing grant hit a significant stumbling block when the community targeted for funding didn’t meet grant criteria, Kingston City Council members learned at a Feb. 7 workshop.

    Kingston had been working since the end of 2011 to make the February deadline for the Community Block Development Grant, a $500,000 housing grant that would have required no payback.

  • Age no hindrance for young Wamp

    Age hasn’t been an Achilles heel for Weston Wamp on the campaign trial.

    “I hear from people of all different ages that they’re encouraged that some young people want to step up into a legislative position at the federal level,” he said.

    Wamp, 24, stumped through Roane County last week. He’s seeking the Republican nomination for Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional District, which now includes all of Roane County after the recent redistricting.  

  • Move away from No Child Left Behind may benefit Roane schools

    Tennessee was one of 10 states to receive a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind education law.

    The White House announced the move last week.  

    “After waiting far too long for Congress to reform No Child Left Behind, my administration is giving states the opportunity to set higher, more honest standards in exchange for more flexibility,” President Barack Obama said in a prepared statement.

    “We’re giving 10 states the green light to continue making reforms that are best for them.”

  • There she is ... Mrs. Signature ...

    Harriman Care and Rehabilitation will be rolling out the red carpet on Feb. 29 for a pageant to name Mr. and Mrs. Signature, a title named for the parent company, Signature Healthcare.

    Connie Sheldon, quality of life director at Harriman Care, said she decided it would be a fun and festive way to boost the spirits of the residents of their facility and the other facilities in Signature’s East Tennessee Region.

    Those facilities include Mountain City, Pine Ridge, Greeneville, Pigeon Forge, Spring City, Rockwood, Harriman and Rogersville.

  • The family that plays together ...

    It can be hard to find something for a family to do together, but the Westriches have found an outlet for their creativity together.
    Midway High School band director David Westrich, his wife, Alison, and their sons, Will, 13, Andrew, 16, and Philip, 17, all play musical instruments and spend part of their time each week in the Babahatchie Community Band.

  • Continued case for OS asst. principal

    Oliver Springs High School Assistant Principal Donna R. Moore sat in a Morgan County courtroom for more than two hours on Thursday, only to have her criminal case postponed.
     Moore is charged with domestic assault against her estranged husband Craig Moore.
    According to the arrest report, Morgan County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Davis arrived at 133 Authorn Sheldon Road in Coalfield around 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 26 to investigate the alleged assault.

  • Medical examiner calls county’s drug issue ‘real bad’

    As Roane County’s medical examiner, Dr. William Bennett gets a first-hand view of the devastation caused by illegal narcotics use.
    He sees the lives shattered by overdoses, not just those who died, but the families, including young children, left behind.
    “This issue is a scourge on our community,” Bennett told the Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition on Wednesday. “It has gotten worse and continued to get worse over the last five years.”

  • TVA head designates county meeting to VP

    The Roane County Commission asked for Tom Kilgore.
    It will get Bob Deacy instead.
    Commissioners wanted Kilgore, TVA president and CEO, to come before them to discuss the ash spill cleanup and other operations at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant.  
    A meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.
    County Executive Ron Woody wrote Kilgore a letter last month requesting that he and members of his staff give the commission a report.

  • Making scientific observations
  • Kingston sewer plant expansion officially on

    Kingston officials broke ground late last month on the city’s $5 million wastewater treatment plant expansion at 1501 James Ferry Road. Kingston Mayor Troy Beets, City Councilmen Don White, John Byrkit, Kevin McClure and Norm Sugarman and TVA officials Katie Kline, Bob Morris, Burt Robinson, Steve McCracken, Bob Deacy and Aaron Stewart were in attendance, along with City Manager Jim Pinkerton, contractors Dan Berry and Evan Haron, engineer Rick Kirby and Tony Workman, who will be running the plant.