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  • RSCC president search not as open

    The search for the next president of Roane State Community College will be markedly different than ones in years past.
    It’s the first presidential search for the Tennessee Board of Regents under a new state law requiring the names of applicants to be confidential until the naming of finalists to be interviewed for the position.
    Chancellor John Morgan hopes it will encourage a broader reach on potential candidates leery of putting their name out there for fear it might damage relationships with their current employers.

  • Former student charged in break-in

    A former student at Harriman High School has been charged with breaking into the home of former Harriman boys basketball coach Jeff King.
    Courtney Marie Thomas was charged with aggravated burglary on June 3, one day after her 18th birthday.
    According to an affidavit filed in Monroe County General Sessions Court, police responded to King’s residence at 404 Ashbury Circle, Sweetwater, in reference to a burglary in progress.

  • County approves 2-percent raises

    The Roane County Commission approved the budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year on Monday.
    The budget keeps property tax rates the same and includes a 2 percent raise for county employees.
    “We wish it was more, but we’re glad for the employees,” County Executive Ron Woody said. “The commission also added $10 more per pay period to their 401(k) if they want to match it, which is a long-term benefit for the employees.”
    Woody said there’s also no money being borrowed to fund the budget.

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  • Looseleaf Laureate: Bond of two brothers is example of civility

    Remember that looming hot spell I warned you about a couple of weeks ago? It fell smack in the middle of my vacation.
    I was near Richmond, Va., when a freak storm knocked the power out to millions of people on the Atlantic seaboard.
    Exterior temperatures rose over 105 degrees during the two days we were without electricity, but we made do.
    My boyfriend, Derek, and I were visiting his brother, Tom, a Zen-like guy who always seems to roll with the punches.

  • Teen to do mission work in London

    A Roane County teen will be in London during the summer Olympics, spending his time in the bustling city ministering to others.

    Christian Hawkins is being sent by Christians ministries group Global Expeditions.

    He said it’s a wonderful opportunity to spread the Gospel.

    “I’m just really excited about this trip. It is going to be amazing what God is going to do there,” Hawkins said.

  • New principals at Roane schools

    New principals have been named for Midway and Midtown elementary schools.

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said Tim Thompson will take over at Midway.

    Thompson had been the assistant principal at Cherokee Middle School. He replaces Keevin Woody, who took a job in the central office.

    Aytes said Kendra Inman is the new principal at Midtown. She had been the principal at Dyllis Elementary School, but it was closed after the 2011-12 school year.

  • Ferguson feels regrets over DA employee suspension

    Road superintendent candidate Dennis Ferguson said he feels bad that District Attorney General’s Office administrative assistant Angie Vittatoe received a two-day suspension last month.

    The suspension without pay was handed down by District Attorney General Russell Johnson because Vittatoe used an office computer to register a domain name for Ferguson’s campaign.

    “Sure, I feel bad that she got suspended,” Ferguson said. “But her boss, that’s what he did. I respect that. He saw what had happened and he took care of it.”

  • Top legal gun helps assessor

    Taxpayers looking to take on Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham over appraisals might have to deal with the top legal adviser to one of the state’s constitutional officers.
    Robert Lee is general counsel to Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson.
    State law allows Lee to intervene in any case before the State Board of Equalization. He’s joined the side of Kirkham’s office in some high-profile appeals.