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  • Stockton once demoted sheriff’s hopeful

    Jared Hall left the Roane County Sheriff’s Office two months after he was demoted from sergeant to deputy.

    Hall, who now works for the Rockwood Police Department, has said he plans to run for sheriff in 2014.

    Sheriff Jack Stockton explained the reasons for the demotion in a letter to Hall dated Nov. 21, 2011.

    “In the past couple of years there have been several occasions where you have failed to be efficient as a supervisor,” the letter said.

  • Chilean student drawn to simple life in Kingston

    Exchange student Fernanda Garrido and Roane County High School student Carly Kennedy, of her host family, see many similarities between teenagers in America vs. Garrido’s home of Santiago, Chile.

    “We’re not super different actually,” Kennedy said.

    Garrido said she likes to watch movies, go hang out with friends and shop, all things Carly is familiar with.

    City life vs. country life is different, however.

    Life is simpler in Kingston.

  • Jobless figures down

    Roane is among Tennessee’s 93 counties that experienced a significant drop in its unemployment rate for November, according to statistics released late last week by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The state’s numbers show Roane County’s jobless rate at 7.2 percent, down substantially from the 8.0 percent reported in October.

    That puts the county on almost an even keel with last year. In November 2012, Roane County reflected an unemployment rate of 7.1 percent.

  • Ready for tax season? It’s coming ...

    The Internal Revenue Service will start accepting and processing 2013 tax returns on Jan. 31.

    The delay is to allow time to update, program and properly test all systems after the process was interrupted by the government shutdown in 2013.

    IRS spokesman Dan Boone said the agency expects Tennesseans to file about 3 million tax returns, with more than 2.5 million of those filed electronically.

  • Federal benefits expiring

    The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development is alerting more than 18,000 Tennesseans receiving federally extended unemployment insurance that those payments will soon end.

    The federal legislation that extended Emergency Unemployment Compensation expires at the end of 2013 in the absence of congressional action.

    “We don’t want people who are presently receiving EUC to be caught unaware, expecting their EUC benefits to continue into 2014,” said Labor Commissioner Burns Phillips.

  • Skidmore completes leadership program

    Harriman City Clerk Angela Skidmore was among 40 county and municipal government leaders who successfully completed the 20th annual Local Government Leadership Program at University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service’s Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership.

    UT faculty, executives of state government, and private consultants led the intensive three-day, invitation-only program that focused on personal leadership, public sector services, strategic planning and management, ethics, and the state’s economy and infrastructure.

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  • Foland bond at risk

    Johnny Ray Foland, accused of aggravated vehicular homicide in a fatal wreck over the summer, picked up new charges on Christmas Eve that could jeopardize his bond.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Foland threatened his mother and brother with a baseball bat and a knife.

    Foland, 50, was charged with aggravated assault and interfering with emergency calls.

  • Fleischmann: VA clinic a go for Harriman

    The city of Harriman’s failed effort to land a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital may have paid off in a consolation prize.

    “We are going to have right here in Roane County a fully staffed veterans clinic, which will be in Harriman, and their due date is set to open up March 1,” U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann said Monday.

    Fleischmann said he got the information from Juan A. Morales, director of the Veterans Affairs Tennessee Valley Healthcare System.

  • Cases delayed because of defender’s illness

    Criminal court cases in the 9th Judicial District are being continued due to the absence of Assistant Public Defender Walter Johnson.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson, no relation, said Walter Johnson has undergone heart bypass surgery.

    “(Criminal Court) Judge (Eugene) Eblen’s decision has been to continue everything,” Russell Johnson said.

    Roane, Loudon, Morgan and Meigs counties make up the 9th Judicial District. Russell Johnson said the cases being impacted are the ones where Walter Johnson is the opposing attorney.