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  • Whaley gets nod at RSCC

    A longtime Roane State employee, Roane State alumni and Harriman resident has been 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 telephone meeting on Monday, Oct. 1, at 3 p.m.
    Whaley was grateful for Morgan’s recommendation.

  • Courthouse to stay voting site in spite of controversy

    The Roane County Courthouse will remain an early voting location for the Nov. 6 election.
    In August, the Roane County Election Commission directed Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway to send a letter to the state, requesting that the county be allowed to use Kingston Community Center instead of the courthouse.
    Holiway said he recently became aware of a state law that would have made the move OK, but after checking with the community center, he decided that it was best for early voting to remain at the courthouse for the time being. 

  • Mayfield pleads guilty, gets diversion

    Michael Mayfield pleaded guilty in his tire-cutting case Monday morning in Roane County General Sessions Court.
    Mayfield, the son of Mayfield Dairy Farms President Scottie Mayfield, was charged with vandalism under $500 in April.
    Kingston police said he used a pocketknife to cut a tire stem on Tyler Threadgill’s 2005 Audi that was parked at the Roane County Courthouse. 
    Threadgill is a campaign staffer for U.S. Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, who defeated Scottie Mayfield and two other opponents in the Aug. 2 Republican Primary.

  • Courthouse gala a hit

    More than 100 people attended the Ninth annual Heritage Gala held Saturday evening at the historic Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.
    All funds raised from the event go back into restoration of the 157-year-old building, which is one of only seven antebellum courthouses still standing in Tennessee.
    This year’s gala is the first to be held in the recently refurbished upstairs courtroom.
    “We had planned to last year, but the elevator failed inspection,” said Darleen Trent of the Roane County Heritage Commission.

  • 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.”