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  • Scam dashes job hopes

    It wasn’t the rolling hills or beautiful Watts Bar Lake that attracted Bracey Bahm to Roane County.

    Hopes of a job brought him here from North Carolina. Unfortunately for Bahm, what looked like a good opportunity turned out to be a scam.  

    “I not only paid for my trip up here and my wife’s, but also the guy that actually scammed us,” he said.

    Bahm is not the only victim. Authorities said more than two dozen people may have been duped by a man identified in Kingston police records as Rickey K. Hubbard.

  • At last! Long-awaited Midway school kitchen open

    Midway Middle School eighth-grader Tanner Seymour works his way through the cafeteria line at lunchtime Friday, the first day the new school kitchen was open and food was prepared onsite.

    The school had been built without a kitchen.

    Previously, food was prepared at nearby Midway Elementary School and taken to the middle school to be served.

  • Repairman wants $165,000 for storage of sheriff's vehicles

    A dispute over storage fees has an auto repairman and the Roane County Sheriff’s Office suing each other in Circuit Court.

    Some big money could be at stake.

    Calvin M. Trew is seeking about $165,000 from the county — alleging that’s how much he’s owed for storing vehicles that belonged to the sheriff’s office.

    “This is all about the price of storage,” Trew contended. “They wouldn’t pay their storage fee.”

  • Largen land deal done

    Roane County’s newest recreation area is unnamed and undeveloped, but at least it’s now official.

    After all the surveys were completed, the contracts drawn up, Roane Countian Gerald Largen donated the 112 acres of rural and lakefront land to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency  with a few strokes of the pen.

    The property, which is on both sides of Bowman Bend Road is to be maintained for the enjoyment of Roane County residents and other visitors.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: What's the buzz? Ummm, it's certainly not me

    My failure is abject — that realization came to me recently.

    What I’m referring to is my last, best attempt to play a musical instrument.

    Let’s go over my instrument resume:

    • My grade-school attempts at the flutophone were awful.

    • I couldn’t manage the simple chords on guitar.

    • A long-ago boyfriend worked with me for months on the basics of the banjo before throwing in the towel.

  • LocoDocs gets mixed reception on proposed move to Rockwood

    LocoDocs, a train engine  service company interested in purchasing several acres in Rockwood, has chugged by the first barrier in a process that may culminate in the  purchase of several acres nearby to the Mike “Brillo” Miller Sports Complex.

    However, it has been met with opposition.

    Rockwood Planning Commission had unanimously approved rezoning the slender lot that runs along a rail line from commercial to light industrial.

  • One curious hen and one startled chick
  • Moving on

    Rockwood High School graduate Reanna Henderson loaded up her packed belongings and hit the road this week to embark on the next stage of her life — a private two-year all-girls school, Cottey College, in Nevada, Mo.

    Nervous, yet excited, Henderson is just one of many young folks in the area who are leaving the nest for places near and far and commiting another two to four years or more to their education.

    “I don’t know anyone in Missouri,” Henderson said.

    So why Cottey College?

  • Roundin’ up some fish
  • No Child Left Behind changes may be coming

    Relief could be on the way for schools struggling to make adequate yearly progress toward No Child Left Behind mandates.

    The federal program, which has been sharply criticized by education officials and politicians alike, requires 100 percent of students score proficient in reading/language arts and math by 2014.

    Another requirement is a 90 percent graduation rate by 2014.

    Schools and school systems that fail to meet mandated benchmarks are designated as “target” or “high priority.”