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  • Chancellor recommends Harriman's Whaley as Roane State president

    A longtime Roane State employee, Roane State alumni and Harriman resident will be recommended as the next Roane State Community College president.

    Chris Whaley, currently vice president of student learning and chief academic officer at Roane State, will be recommended by Chancellor John Morgan to the full Tennessee Board of Regents and ask them to approve him in a special telephonic meeting on Monday, Oct. 1, at 3 p.m.

  • Schools rally to hold onto $1 million in TVA funds

    Officials with Roane County Schools expect a surplus when the $32 million building program is finished.  

    “It looks like we’re going to have in excess of $1 million remaining,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said at last week’s Board of Education meeting.

    “Any items that have been purchased, but not paid, we’ve accounted for, we think,” added Lee Maines, who was hired to oversee the $32 million program for the school system. “We feel pretty good about our numbers.”

  • Bible, boat tools of fisherman’s trade

    It wasn’t a bolt of lighting, but it was just as dangerous and had the same effect.

    Rockwood native Wesley Strader was employed as a high-wire lineman for Tennessee Valley Authority when he was nearly electrocuted during an accident at work.

    That’s when he made the decision to do something different with his life.

    “I had nightmares about it,” said Strader, 40, now living in Spring City.

  • Harriman attorney speaks out about legal, health woes

    Life hasn’t been easy for Harriman attorney Donice Butler in recent years.

    She was diagnosed with breast cancer, underwent a double mastectomy and had months of chemotherapy.

    County records show that she owes money because of unpaid taxes.

    Her ability to practice law is also in jeopardy.  

    The state board that oversees the conduct of attorneys has received multiple complaints about Butler.

  • Rockwood financials get a ‘yay!’

    Bill Thompson has never been one to mince words on Rockwood’s financial affairs — and a gathering of city officials last week was no exception.

    “Yay!” he proclaimed enthusiastically during the first meeting of the city’s new finance committee. “This looks a whole lot better than it’s looked before.”

    The number that had the Rockwood City Council member cheering was $185,711.83 — the Aug. 31 ending balance in the city’s general fund.

  • Marina owner again runs afoul of the law

    Alan Schneider, the owner of Bayside Marina, continues to find himself in legal trouble. His latest arrest happened last Thursday in Kingston.

    According to the arrest report, Schneider struck a car on Gallaher Road.

    “He then continued southbound on Gallaher Road in the turn lane, passing vehicles in a reckless manner,” the report said. “He traveled onto I-40 westbound and exited at the 352 and was finally stopped on Kingwood Street by Sgt. Jamie Melton.”

  • Governor presents grants in OS

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam stopped in Oliver Springs Tuesday afternoon bearing gifts — including two grants for improvements to the small city’s water system and two parks.
    “We’re here actually presenting a total of $960,000 in funds to different entities throughout Anderson County. We are proud to do that,” Haslam said.
    Oliver Springs, which straddles Roane, Anderson and Morgan counties, received a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant for its water system.
    The grant requires a match by the city of $37,700 in local funds.

  • Innovative company finds better way

    A new way of fiberglass fabrication may not just save money but help the environment too.
    Daycab Co. hosted a three-day class on the latest technology in fabrication of fiberglass parts for a variety of industries from motorcycle and boats to its own, which is replacing sleeper cabs on trucks with daycabs fabricated in their Roane County Industrial Park facilities.
    The process includes using the shape of a mold for a part to make a silicon bag.

  • Lots of interest in county parks job, Woody says

    Interest in Roane County’s parks and recreation job is high. County Executive Ron Woody said his office received more than 30 applications for the director’s position.
    The deadline to submit applications was Sept. 14.
    “We could end up interviewing 10 or 15 of these folks,” Woody said.
    Former director Tony Brown went to work for the road department, which created the opening.
    Brown was making $41,863, but $15,000 of that was for serving as the county’s litter grant coordinator.

  • Inmate attacked in county jail

    John P. Little, a Harriman man charged with child rape, was allegedly assaulted by another inmate at the Roane County Jail. Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said a motive wasn’t immediately clear.
    Charles D. Mullins, the inmate who allegedly assaulted Little, is a registered sex offender. Mullins, 31, was convicted of criminal attempt to commit rape in Cumberland County in 2005. He was sentenced to community supervision for life and ordered to wear a GPS tracking unit.