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  • VEC helps Midway Quarterback Club

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program awarded a $2,750 in grants to Roane County organizations in June. The program, founded in October of 2001, has donated more than $4.5 million to various community-service organizations.
    Local groups collecting grants in June include the Midway Middle School Beta Club which was awarded a $1,000 grant; the Midway Quarterback Club received $1,000 grant; and the Midway Youth Cheerleading Organization collected a $750 grant.

  • OSHA warns of heat related ills in the workplace

    Tennessee OSHA wants Tennessee workers and employers to be aware of the symptoms of heat illness and heat stroke as temperatures start to rise this summer. Every year, thousands of workers are affected by exposure to heat.
    Workers exposed to hot and humid conditions are at risk of heat illness, especially those doing heavy work tasks or using bulky protective clothing and equipment. Some workers might be at greater risk than others if they have not built up a tolerance to hot conditions.

  • $585 ‘mailbags’ for school system?

    Roane County Schools submitted a requisition to the county earlier this month to order two leather briefcases from a website called Forzieri, which touts itself as having “the world’s most-coveted luxury  accessories.”

    The Brunelleschi Italian leather briefcases by Pratesi cost $585 each.    
    “They’ve done the research and this is a 20-year warranty on this thing,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said. “It comes out to $29 a year.”

  • Meth lab found in Ten Mile

    Authorities found a meth lab Wednesday evening on Harrison Lane in Ten Mile.

    “It’s a one-pot,” Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy John Mayes said of the type of lab found. “That’s kind of pretty much been the takeover here recently.”
    Kristi Lane Price and John Lindsey Hughes were arrested.
    Price is charged with aggravated child abuse and manufacturing a controlled substance. Hughes is charged with failure to appear in court.
    Mayes said it didn’t appear that Hughes had anything to do with the lab.

  • Bowers has new leader in Arwood

    Bowers Elementary School has a hometown principal now at the helm. Bowers Elementary School has a hometown principal now at the helm.

    Brenda Arwood is a lifelong resident of South Harriman who has worked at Bowers Elementary the last seven years.
    She served first as an intervention teacher and, most recently, as a fourth-grade mathematics teacher.
    She hopes that her connection to the community will help her do well in her new role.
    “I think adminstrators need to fit in with the school and the community,” Arwood said.

  • Kingston moves on on budget committee

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    After tabling it a few months back, Kingston City Council members decided a  budget committee might not be such a bad idea after all.

    Technically, the correct title of the new board created at the July council meeting is the Financial Review Committee.

    “Budget committee” is what it was called last spring, when the idea came up at a council work session, but died for lack of support.

    Its reintroduction this month, however, is a different story.

  • New hearing date set in Butler case

    By DAMON LAWRENCE
    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Attorneys Donice Butler and Chris Cawood participated in a conference call Wednesday morning to discuss a new scheduling order for Butler’s disciplinary hearing.

    The Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility, which oversees the conduct of attorneys, is seeking to have Butler punished over allegations that she violated rules of professional conduct.

  • Rockwood eyes waterfront development again

    By CINDY SIMPSON
    csimpson@roanecounty.com
    Acres of lakefront property are a potential boon Rockwood officials want to capitalize on.

    They hope to do so with a mix of recreational opportunities, focusing first on water trails and walking trails but also looking at one large field as a possible recreational vehicle park.

    Mayor James Watts said he and City Recorder Becky Ruppe had been talking about possible grants to make such a project happen.

  • Alt school on chopping block

    The Roane County Board of Education is trying to decide how to make $1.582 million in budget cuts after its request for a 14-cent increase in the property tax rate was refused by the Roane County Commission. 
    The board heard a recommendation from Director of Schools Gary Aytes on what cuts to make during a Monday work session.
    “Our goal here was two-fold,” Aytes said. “First, protect achievement and, second, to protect our people’s jobs.”

  • State begins work on Hwy. 58/70 mess

    There may be some delays driving through Kingston over the next two or three months, but take heart — the inconveniences should serve to alleviate the city’s most severe traffic issue over the long haul.
    This month, the long-awaited restructuring of the intersection of Hwys. 58 and 70 begins, along with a massive repaving project, and the addition of high-tech traffic control systems on the affected roadways.
    The state-funded project began July 13 and continues through September.