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  • County lawmakers to look at resolution for weaker Sunshine Law

    Roane County Commissioners will be asked to support weakening the state’s open meetings law, which requires adequate public notice when two or more members of a governing body meet.

    There is a movement under way across the state to change the law, popularly known as the Sunshine Law, and allow members of a governing body to meet in private as long as a quorum is not present.

     If the movement is successful, seven of Roane County’s 15 commissioners could meet to discuss county business outside the eyes of the public.

  • LOST: Grand marshal’s wedding ring

    Rockwood Christmas parade grand marshal Jonathan Foust flung more than candy from his vehicle on Thursday night.

    Foust, a former state trooper recovering from a liver transplant, also ended up inadvertently throwing out his wedding ring.

    “It was probably down there by the liquor place (Gateway Spirits) on the left,” he said Friday. “That is where I first noticed it was gone.”

    Foust believes the ring, a sterling silver band with a cross on it, slid from his finger as he tossed candy to parade enthusiasts.

  • District shifts to impact a handful

    The number of County Commissioners and Board of Education members did not change under the redistricting plan approved by the Roane County Commission last month.

    “We didn’t change much of anything,” said Commission Chairman James Brummett, who also chaired the county’s redistricting committee.

    State law requires counties to redistrict every 10 years. Brummett and Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway described the process as rather uneventful.  

  • GM deal good news for Roane plant

    Roane County officials were pleased to learn the parent company of Toho Tenax will be working with General Motors to develop technology that will reduce vehicle weight and improve fuel economy.   

    The partnership between and GM and Teijin, Toho’s parent company, was announced last week.

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  • State finds falsified county invoice

    The state’s latest audit of Roane County government resulted in five causes for concern — including one with the road department severe  enough to prompt possible  criminal action.
    “We bought some fuel,” Road Superintendent Tom Hamby said. “That’s what they got us on.”
    Buying fuel wasn’t the issue. The way Hamby’s department handled it is what the state had a problem with.

  • Who are you going to vote for?

    Eight people have filed to run for two county offices in next year’s election.
    The deadline was noon Thursday.
    The race for property assessor is the most-crowded with five people in the running.
    The group includes incumbent Teresa Kirkham, Cheryl L. Laxton, David Morgan, Steven Robinette and J.T. Woods.
    Kirkham faced just one opponent — Robinette — when she ran for re-election in 2008.
    She won that race handily.
    Road Superintendent Tom Hamby has decided to not seek re-election.

  • Students give voice

    About an hour before the fifth- to 12th-grade 4-H Public Speaking Contest Tuesday, nervous students over their speeches in one of the courtrooms at the Roane County Courthouse.
    Parents tried to help.
    “I told her to look in the back over everybody’s heads and pretend they’re not there,” Beverly Harvey said she advised her daughter, Ridge View Elementary student Samantha Harvey.
    Harvey spoke on Oak Ridge and the history of the Secret City during the Manhattan Project.

  • Santa Claus coming to Roane County Courthouse

    Santa Claus will be visiting the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston on Thursday, Dec. 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. 
    He will be on the first floor, and all children are welcome to come by and see him and tell him what they want for Christmas. His visit is sponsored by Roane County Sheriff’s Office and Juvenile Court Department.

  • Fire department pitches in to help jolly old soul

    Santa has his hands full this time of year, so a few more volunteers can be appreciated.

    That’s why Harriman Fire Department personnel have decided to help the community’s youth get their messages out to Santa.

    Knowing the big guy well — he rides on the fire truck in the annual Christmas Parade — they decided to put a mailbox for him at Station 1 in downtown Harriman.

    “Santa Claus does come to the fire hall, and we all are pretty good friends,” Chief Brad Goss said.