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  • Wealthier than whom?

    Out of 136 school systems in Tennessee, Roane County is considered the 14th wealthiest, according to the state’s education funding formula. County Executive Ron Woody is high on the list of those who believe that doesn’t make sense.
    Because the high placement translates to proportionately lower state funding to Roane schools, Woody also wants the state to do something about it. 
    He’s sent a letter to the county’s legislative delegation and drafted a resolution on the issue.

  • HUB hikes electric bill service fee

    Harriman Utility Board electric ratepayers will be paying $2 more on their customer charge, no matter how much electricty they use.
    HUB officials announced the decision in an insert in the utility bills last week.
    It said growing costs and TVA changing to a new wholesale rate structure, “made it necessary for HUB to revise its rate structure for our customers.”
    The residential rates reflected the additional $2 on the customer charge beginning Oct. 1, in addition to any changes TVA makes in the rates.

  • Citizens Academy participants practice shooting
  • Margrave Bridge situation gets another look by Harriman officials

    Motorists on Margrave Drive have had to detour around the area where Margrave Bridge crossed the once alternate route around part of downtown. 
    “Is it going to stay the way it is?” asked Councilman Lonnie Wright recently.
    This is the year that some sort of action needs to happen, according to Mayor Chris Mason.
    “The last time I talked to anybody was about a year ago, and everybody seemed to be willing to go forward with opening the grant back up,” Mason said.

  • GUEST OPINION: Free press also comes with responsibilities

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    Inside the First Amendment
    The First Amendment is very clear in its 45 words that it protects a “free press” along with our rights to religious freedom, free speech and the rights to assemble and petition.

  • Agency offers help for distressed mortgages

    By KEN YAGER
    District 12 state senator
    There is hardly anyone in our region who has not been affected by the economic recession in some manner. 
    The last several years have been especially tough for our region as unemployment has been far too high. 
    Unfortunately, one of the most difficult side effects of unemployment is mortgage foreclosure, which is hard on families who are already struggling to keep their heads above water.

  • Largen honored at courthouse gala
  • Region's top teacher: Harriman Middle’s Smith says students ‘have to know you care about them’

    Harriman Middle School turned around its seventh-grade language arts scores last year.

    The growth was noticed by the Tennessee Department of Education, with officials planning to visit to see what the school is doing right.

    It is also what likely got assistant principal Leslie Smith, who teaches seventh-grade language arts, recognized as the Tennessee Association of Middle Schools East Tennessee Teacher of the Year.

    “She’s able to motivate kids and motivate adults,” Principal David Stevens said.

  • Dad pleads to slugging son for refusing soda

    Brent I. Litton, the father accused of punching his 6-year-old son in the face for not drinking soda, pleaded guilty to domestic assault in Roane County General Sessions Court on Oct. 7.

    Litton was originally charged with child abuse in the incident that occurred at 123 Willow Springs Road, Ten Mile, on Dec. 30, 2012.

    According to the warrant, Brenda Yates told police everyone was fixing their plates for dinner when Litton’s son said he wanted water because he was sick and couldn’t drink juice or Cokes.

  • Tennis court fate still up in the air

    The fate of tennis courts next to Kingston Community Center is still to be determined after Kingston officials deferred action on Oct. 1.

    Kingston City Council member Tony Brown said the courts are owned by the county but have been maintained by the city as per a previous agreement.

    The city pays the light bill, provides benches and nets and handles maintenance on the courts, which are in a state of serious disrepair.