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  • Mayfield going negative after all?

    U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann’s campaign is accusing a rival campaign of going negative.

    Fleischmann, Ron Bhalla, Scottie Mayfield and Weston Wamp are vying for the Republican nomination in the 3rd Congressional District, which includes Roane County.

    The Mayfield campaign has released a TV ad and sent out a news release accusing Fleischmann of aiding the agenda of President Barack Obama.

    Fleischmann, according to the release, is first in casting votes with Obama and last in cutting spending.

  • Suit filed in one-punch death

    A year after their son died outside the Grill & Pub, the parents of David Lee Harvey have filed a $3 million lawsuit against accused killer Eric Gallaher and pub owner Grover Norton.
    Attorney Scott McCluen filed the lawsuit on behalf of Roy and Rebecca Harvey on Monday in Roane County Circuit Court.
    Devin Lee Bertram, Anderson Treavin Wright and Gallaher’s brother Derek are also named as defendants in the lawsuit.

  • Rockwood breaks budget impasse, increases taxes

    After weeks of contention, Rockwood City Council unanimously passed the first reading of the 2013 budget.
    The budget so far includes an increase to 90-cent tax-rate, which is down from the initial $1 per $100 valuation that was first proposed and later dropped to 95 cents per $100 valuation. The current tax rate is 75 cents per $100 valuation.
    “I’m happy we started out with a tax rate of a $1 and now we dropped it 10 cents to 90,” Councilman Jason Jolly said.

  • McGriff hopes to work with rural schools as retiree

    As her tenure as Roane County director of schools was winding down, Toni McGriff said she was looking forward to some R and R.
    “I don’t have any immediate plans other than just resting and reflecting a little bit I guess,” said McGriff, whose retirement became effective June 30.
    In addition to taking some R-and-R, McGriff said she’d also like to do some consulting work for rural school systems in her retirement.

  • E-book use rising at state library

    The Tennessee State Library and Archives says the popularity of its  Regional E-book and Audio Download System program has been on the rise over the last fiscal year.
    READS is a free program that offers thousands of digital e-books and audio books to patrons of public libraries that belong to the Tennessee Regional Library System with the simple click of a mouse.
    Digital titles can be downloaded to a personal computer or a variety of portable devices.

  • New AMTEC grads at Roane State

    Area students recently graduated from Roane State Community College’s Advanced Materials Training and Education Center.

  • Aytes in it for right reasons

    Gary Aytes’ ascension to Roane County director of schools is rooted growing up as a student in rural East Tennessee.

    “Neither of my parents were educated, but they were very determined that I be educated,” Aytes said during his interview with the Roane County Board of Education earlier this year.

    Aytes said he went to a two-room school in Morgan County that had a teaching principal and another teacher.

  • Mullins voting history leans Democrat

    Roane County Republican Party Chairwoman Flo Charles kept her comments at a minimum when asked about the voting record of county road superintendent candidate Brian Mullins.
    According to Election Commission records, Mullins has voted in Democratic primaries eight times since 1998, but he’s now running as a Republican. 
    “Mr. Brian Mullins’ word of being a Republican now, I would say some things about that, but I won’t,” Charles said.

  • Emphatic ‘No’s’ stall Rockwood budget again

    Rockwood officials sped through a list of amendments to a proposed 2013 budget before failing to pass a first reading at a recent special-called meeting.
    One of the hot-button amendments that failed was to return funding for a city administrator, which is now empty since the vacancy of recently dethroned Jack Miller.
    Council members Pete Wright, Jason Jolly and Jane Long voted down returning the funding for the position despite Vice Mayor Peggy Evans’ earlier pleas to the contrary.

  • Jail students study hard, earn GED

    Some people serving time decided to take advantage of those long hours by pursuing an opportunity to make a difference in their lives.  They are getting their GEDs, an alternative path for those who did not earn a high school diploma.
    Lt. Maretta McNichol, who oversees Roane County jail operations, said many of the individuals she comes across at the jail want something more for themselves and their families.
    “People grow up, and people do change,” McNichol said. “They do want to better their lives.”