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  • Vigilence needed in defending freedom

    Most weeks, you’ll find me esconced in my office in Kingston.
    Last week was not not one of those weeks.
    Instead, I spent several days in Nashville involved in training and other events at Tennessee Press Association’s Winter Convention.
    We had a lot of work to do.
    State legislators have put forth a wide array of proposed legislation that could limit openness in government — the very foundation of democracy.

  • Shedding light on dark topic

    Health Occupations Students of America helps give young people an early start in delivering health care to people.
    A group of HOSA students at Roane County High School have embraced life saving at its core by working on the topic of teen suicide.
    They will present their  HOSA Community Awareness Project findings at the regional competition at Roane State Community College Feb. 24.

  • Severe weather week set

    Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service are promoting preparedness during Tennessee Severe Weather Awareness Week, Feb. 19-25.
     “Tennessee has experienced two years of unprecedented natural disasters and individual preparedness is more important than ever, said TEMA Director James Bassham. “Emergencies and disasters can happen anywhere and any time.”

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  • Input sought in school director search

    The Roane County Board of Education has approved a timeline for hiring a new director of schools.

    The job will be posted from Feb. 14-March 15.

    Wayne Qualls, who the board hired to help with the search, will recommend 10 people for the board to interview.

    “You’re going to have a qualified person and a certified person,” Qualls told the board on Thursday. “Whether or not they’re going to be capable in your mind to do what you want them to do here will be the question you guys will have to answer.”

  • Never Too Old To Learn: Seniors on high-tech path in Mid-East’s computer classes

    Don’t be upset if Spencer Forbes hasn’t acknowledged your friend request on Facebook.

    The Roane County retiree is quick to admit he’s not social network savvy.

    “Well, I’ve got a Facebook account, and I have no idea how to use it,” he said. “My sister set it up for me, so I’m just wanting to get more knowledge ... I just feel like a dinosaur right now.”

  • TVA pulls funding for OES worker

    TVA no longer plans to cover the salary for one of the workers in the Roane County Office of Emergency Services.  
    TVA started paying Cheryl Nunley’s salary following the Dec. 22, 2008 fly ash disaster at the Kingston Fossil Plant.   

    “We understand Ms. Nunley had responsibility for disaster training following the ... ash spill, and that TVA covered her wages for that purpose,” TVA said in a letter to County Executive Ron Woody. “Beginning, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, TVA will not continue to pay her salary.”

  • 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.