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  • Welcome to the site of the future Dyllis Springs Elementary

    Officials break ground for the newly named Dyllis Springs Elementary School — the name officially selected by the Roane County Board of Education for the new elementary school on Ollis Road near Oliver Springs.

    The school will combine students in pre-K through fourth grade from Dyllis and Oliver Springs elementaries. Students in grades 5-8 at both of those schools will attend the present-day Oliver Springs Elementary.

    McGriff said Thursday night it has not yet been determined whether that school would become an intermediate or middle school institution.

  • County starts on plan to redistrict

    Roane County’s districts may soon change, and with it residents may see new representation.

    The Roane County Commission recently passed a resolution to establish a redistricting committee.

    The resolution says Tennessee law requires that at least every 10 years the county legislative body change the county legislative districts boundaries so each member “represents substantially equal populations.”

  • Rockwood Municipal Airport: The sky is the limit

    The Rockwood Muncipal Airport isn't just a place pilots use to land planes.

    It's also a place people use for community events.

    Airport manager Danny Collins said events are held there every fifth Saturday. One took place the end of April, when the Oakdale Area Volunteer Fire Department had a fly-in luncheon.

    Kelly Gibson took her two grandchildren.

  • Kingston to hold line on tax rate

    The city of Kingston knows how to defuse some of the stress that comes with budget season.

    After the department heads have done their work and everything is ready for the City Council to go over, a May budget workshop is scheduled.

    On that day, the fire department cooks up a huge lunch — beef, chicken, salad, cheesecake — and city officials and city employees all break bread together.

    Even with the lunchtime merriment, the process can be trying, especially in today's tough economic times.

  • Month 3, and county leaders still waiting for Rep. Hurley to show

    Roane County Commission has waited for three months for state Rep. Julia Hurley to answer its request to attend its monthly meeting.

    The wait continues —  Hurley was again a no-show at last week’s June session.

    At the commission’s behest, Roane County Executive Ron Woody sent Hurley a letter requesting that she meet with the county’s leaders to explain why she didn’t file a bill pertaining to the Tiger Haven big-cat sanctuary on their behalf.

  • State rep on the job with Lenoir City utility group

    State Rep. Julia Hurley has a new career path besides public service.

    She’s now a customer service representative at Lenoir City Utility Board.

    “It’s just a part-time job. It is right down the road from my house,” said Hurley, who also has a home in Harriman with fiancé Chris Ahler.

    She began working a few weeks ago.

    “I guess about two Mondays ago; it has been about two weeks,” Hurley said Thursday.

  • Three charged in meth lab find

    Three people were arrested after an active meth lab was seized in a vehicle early Friday morning on Bowman Bend Road near Kingston.

    Justin Eric Ybarra of 122 Morris St., Harriman, along with Ashleigh Samantha Hargis of 144 Ross Williams Road, Lancing, and James Dwight Warren of 5426 Nashville Hwy., Deer Lodge, were arrested for charges of manufacturing, developing and selling controlled substances.

  • Brummett back in as alderman in OS

    He decided not to seek reelection, but it looks like Oliver Springs Alderman James Brummett may be around for a while.

    Brummett originally decided not to run for re-election to avoid any conflict of interest with his other seat as Roane County Commissioner.

    He said last week he will stay in his alderman seat another term after Deneise Terry, the only candidate who sought his seat, was found ineligible.

  • Kingston to swear in new councilmen

    A swearing-in ceremony for newly elected Kingston City Council members will be at 10 a.m. July 1 at Fort Southwest Point in Kingston.
    Kingston City Attorney Jack H. “Sandy” McPherson Jr. will administer the oaths of office.
    Outgoing council members Teresa Nichols and Brant Williams will receive plaques in appreciation of their service to the city.

  • Coal liquifaction plant moves on

    An industry that was pursuing land in Plateau Partnership Park has decided to go to Morristown, taking the hundreds of jobs it was proposing to create with it.

    Roane County Commissioners had heard that the plant might be locating in Morristown this week, but were unsure whether that move would come to fruition.

    “Will it happen in Morristown? Are they still talking to Plateau Partnership? I don’t know, either,” County Executive Ron Woody told commissioners Monday.