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  • Powerball excitement builds
  • Signs of change to come in Kingston

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    Signs point to a new ordinance — a new sign ordinance, no less — as Kingston Council members voted 6 to 1 to approve a revised version of the city’s existing law at this month’s full council meeting.

  • School board OKs 5-year plan

    The Roane County Board of Education approved a five-year strategic plan at its November meeting.
    It will serve as a blueprint for the school system over the next five years.   
    The goals of the strategic plan align with the goals of Director of Schools Gary Aytes’ performance contract.
    • Goal 1: Roane County will provide a high quality instructional program for all students.
    • Goal 2: Roane County will provide safe and secure facilities.

  • Software could aid nonprofits

    Nonprofit organizations researching funding opportunities may turn to Harriman for help.
    The city will soon have a computer equipped with a software program called Foundation Research Library. It includes more than 108,000 grant-maker profiles and $3 million grant searches.
    Sarah McCoin sees it as a good opportunity for Harriman.
    “There is an abundance of non-profits who lack funds … who could research if they had that tool available,” McCoin said.

  • Joyrider charged after crash

    A 15-year-old is facing several charges for a Saturday afternoon car crash that left a big hole in the Josh Igou State Farm Insurance building in Kingston.
    “He was charged for joy-riding because he took mama’s car without permission, reckless driving, reckless endangerment and driving with no license,” Kingston Police Sgt. Jamie Melton said.
    The juvenile was also issued a citation in city court because his mother could not produce proof of insurance on the Honda Civic.

  • County vehicles soon to have new emergency gear

    Roane County Commission Chairman James Brummett was surprised to learn county vehicles didn’t have fire extinguishers in them.
    “I would have thought we would have had that,” he said.
    The vehicles could have some soon.
    At the Nov. 19 meeting, commissioners voted to appropriate $25,000 to put fire extinguishers in county vehicles and automatic external defibrillators in county buildings.
    Budget director Kaley Walker said the need was discovered through the county’s risk management initiative.

  • Local artists to be showcased

    Visual artists will have a chance to showcase their talents in the inaugural Roane Open Art Show Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at Creative Arts Co-op in Harriman.
    “This is our first big event, so we hope to have a lot of people come out for it,” said Becky Brunton, chairwoman of the Arts Council of Roane County.
    Local visual artists — including painters, sculptors, photographers, illustrators, printmakers and potters — may enter up to three original works for display.

  • Donations for Sandy victims being taken

    The Big Emory Baptist Association is teaming up with Remote Area Medical to provide relief supplies to victims of Superstorm Sandy.
    Volunteers are accepting blankets, coats, toiletries, baby food, canned soup, toys and cleaning supplies to fill a 53-foot trailer donated by RAM, which is led by former Wild Kingdom personality Stan Brock.
    Donations may be dropped at the Big Emory Baptist office at 1216 Ruritan Road in Harriman from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  • Habitat winds down work on house No. 33

    Roane County Habitat for Humanity is nearing completion of a new home at a cul-de-sac on Fisher Street in Kingston.

    Construction began in late spring and is expected to conclude in early 2013 on the project, which will be the 33rd Habitat house built in Roane County since 1992.

    Seven of the homes, including the latest dwelling, are in the same neighborhood near Roane County High School.

  • Dancing darlings