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  • Snakes feeling amorous — just leave them be

    Snakes may seem to be on the prowl more than ever right now, but officials say don’t worry.

    If it seems like more are around, it’s because they are feeling frisky. But they aren’t out to get closer to you.

    “Right now it is breeding season for snakes, so they are on the move,” said TWRA region officer Chris Simpson.

    Despite anecdotal reports of snake sightings, their numbers are not up.

    “The population is about the same it’s always been,” Simpson said.

  • Collier to step up in county group

    Another president’s role could await Bobby Collier.

    He stepped down as president of Operation REACH, but he currently holds the position of second vice president of the Tennessee County Services Association. That puts him in line to become president eventually.

    “You go through a chair sequence,” he said. “Next I’ll move up to first vice president and then president after that.”

  • Alberta Ross, Harriman educator and civic leader, dies

    Alberta Ross wasn’t just a teacher; she was the kind of person who had her hands busy in many aspects of the community.

    Ross, who died Sunday, taught for years, retiring after 12 years as principal of Central Elementary in Harriman.

    She also was involved in many civic organizations including the Jaycettes, the auxiliary form of the Jaycees, or the U.S. Junior Chamber chapter her husband, Bill Ross, belonged to.

  • City & County Meetings

    • Roane County Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. in the Qualls Commission Room of Roane County Courthouse, Kingston.

    THURSDAY, AUG. 11
    • Roane County Commission’s committee on committees will meet at 6 p.m. in the Qualls Commission Room of Roane County Courthouse, Kingston. Agenda items include the appointment of the county’s redistricting committee.
    • Harriman Golf Board will meet in regular monthly session at 6:30 p.m. in Harriman Municipal Office Complex.

    MONDAY, AUG. 15

  • Students get red carpet treatment
  • Cost of greenway up over $2.5 million

    By Mike Gibson

    It seems that neither cost overruns nor bad bidding nor special requests from businesses will keep a series of Kingston improvement projects from moving forward.

    A Thursday work session saw Kingston City Council members place on the agenda for Tuesday’s full council meeting three items concerning three big projects — the Ladd Greenway, the expansion of the wastewater treatment plant, and the sewer extension on Gallaher Road.

  • Back to school

    Mary “Cricket” Lewis picks up her No. 94 bus at Roane County Schools’ bus garage Friday afternoon in anticipation of today’s first day of school for the 2011-12 year.

    If things kicked off according to schedule, Lewis began her route at about 6:55 a.m. near the Harriman Police Department on Russell Street.

    Motorists are reminded to exercise caution around school areas and in school parking lots as excited children enter and depart from the premises.

  • Alleged mom killer’s trial put on hold

    From staff reports

    A murder trial scheduled to take place this week in Roane County Criminal Court has been postponed.

    Milford Barnett is accused of killing his mother, Pearl Barnett, in April 2007.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said the public defender got permission to be out of court this week because his wife was sick.   

    The trial may get reset for later this month.  

    “It’s possibly going to be moved to Aug. 23,” Johnson said.

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  • Rockwood students heading to class in new digs

    The old band room at Rockwood High School was damp in more ways than one.

    Not only did the roof leak, but band members said the space could dampen their spirits.

    “If you would sit the wrong way on your chair, you’d flip off backwards and keep going because you couldn’t stop,” senior Kaleigh Snipes said.

    Fortunately for current and future members, the old band room is a thing of the past.

  • Bowers to join rest of county in starting school on Monday

    While the community enjoyed the results of the school construction project in Rockwood on Thursday, some Harriman parents and students wondered if the work would postpone classes for Bowers Elementary.

    Roane County Director of Schools Toni McGriff put those worries to rest late last week.

    She said she expects Bowers to open on time.

    McGriff had previously said the school year at Bowers might be delayed for a week.