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  • County executive says school budget problems still loom

    There were few winners in the adoption of the 2014 budget, and what becomes important to understand going forward is that the financial problems have not been solved.
    What took place with the adoption of the 2014 budget is hopefully we have recognized we have a serious financial problem.
    Schools are running out of savings to balance their budget.
    Hopefully, the adopted 2014 budget helped all parties understand that a problem exists. One can only live out of their savings for a limited time and then the problem becomes even bigger.

  • GUEST OPINION: Rolling Stone cover a lesson in First Amendment

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Don’t like the latest Rolling Stone magazine, featuring “glam, rock-star” photo treatment on the cover of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev?
    Don’t buy the magazine.

  • Despite rain, boat racers liked running in Kingston

    Despite a nasty stretch of weather the week of July 4, Kingston’s hosting of the American Power Boat Association’s pro class national championship over the summer holiday season boded well for the city’s future in boat racing.
    A long spate of rainy days leading into the holiday led the city to postpone its annual Smokin’ the Water holiday festivities and fireworks show until July 13.

  • Vendors, donations sought for Hooray fest

    Officials say vendors are still needed to make this year’s Hooray for Harriman the best yet.
    Event chairman Randy Ellis said anyone interested in participating in the city’s yearly Labor Day festival can go online to http://hoorayforharriman.info/ to find out more information.
    He could also use more donations for the event, which is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 2, 2013.
    This year’s festival will continue many of the traditional attractions —  including live music at Princess Theatre.

  • Fight leads to new charges against Richard Carl Johnson Jr.

    A fight and threats involving a knife landed a man in jail on multiple charges of assault.
    Richard Carl Johnson Jr., 48, 213 Crystal Lane, Oliver Springs, was charged with two counts aggravated assault, two counts reckless endangerment, aggravated child abuse and neglect, public intoxication and unlawful carry.

  • Rockwood changes leadership

    Rockwood has a new vice mayor.
    Rockwood Mayor James Watts recommended Jason Jolly take over the position that Councilwoman Peggy Evans had held since she was the top vote getter in her election.

    Jolly was joined by council members Jane Long, Pete Wright and James Nuckols in voting himself into the seat.
    Evans argued to continue in the role.
    “I think what I have done justifies extending this term, but if you don’t want to, that is fine,” Evans said.

  • Hawkins’ star shines

    Christian Hawkins was pleased just to make it to the SkillsUSA national competition in Kansas City.
    The rising Roane County High School senior was ecstatic to find out he placed fourth in the three-and-a-half hour advertising design competition held in late June.

    “I couldn’t believe it,” Hawkins said. “That gives me a lot of potential for next year.
    SkillsUSA features an array of competitions for various skills from computers to cosmetology.

  • Man charged in severe beating

    Six officers were sent to Ten Mile to arrest Daniel Phillip Thompson, 39, on domestic aggravated assault charges.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the officers were sent on July 18 to McElhaney Road to look for Thompson.
    “We received instructions from Captain (Tim) Hawn via radio not to go to the subject’s house due to the report of the weapons that he possibly had,” the report said. “Captain Hawn advised to catch him as he was leaving in his vehicle.”

  • Aytes’ schools contract extended

    The Roane County Board of Education voted 10-0 last week to give Director of Schools Gary Aytes a two-year contract extension.

    Prior to the vote, Aytes had one-year left on a two-year contract that was set to expire on June 30, 2014.
    With the extension the contract will run through June 30, 2016. Board Member Wade McCullough said the terms of the contract are not changing. 
    “It’s the same contract,” McCullough said. “It’s a two-year extension to June 30, 2016.”

  • State creates new online form for veterans cemetery

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder announced an innovative new online pre-registration form which will allow veterans and their families to be pre-approved for burial in the state veterans cemeteries.
     Traditionally, funeral directors contact the nearest state veterans cemetery when they receive a request to bury the remains of a veteran or dependent who previously expressed interest in burial at one of the four locations.