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  • Roane, by the numbers

    It’s budget season, and Roane County finance director Kaley Walker is in her element.

    “I am a math nerd, so I love all this stuff,” she said. “I think there are not enough girls going into finance and engineering.”

    Walker likes the black-and-white clarity of numbers.
    “I have to have a right answer or wrong answer,” she said.

    Walker was hired by County Executive Ron Woody in 2010, at the recommendation of his wife, Becky.

  • FINISHED OR NOT?

    Whether work crews at Ladd Landing have made progress toward finishing the greenway project before a June 30 deadline has apparently come down to a matter of opinion.

    At a June 4 Kingston City Council work session, the opinion of the engineer overseeing the project seemed at odds with those of councilmen.

  • Grill & Pub may reopen under new management

    A Harriman woman wants to sell beer at 2224 Harriman Hwy., site of the Grill & Pub.

    The Roane County Beer Board was scheduled to hear Roma L. Christopher’s application for a beer permit today.

    Grill & Pub owner Grover Norton’s beer permit was revoked for a year on Feb. 12 after the county beer board decided the business was a magnet for trouble.

    Christopher’s application was dated May 6. Her address was listed as 324 Barnett Circle, Harriman.

  • More charges against man who invaded Bowers school

    A man who got in trouble for barging into an elementary school has more legal trouble.

    Jim Estes has been charged with public intoxication after a June 6 incident when he allegedly tred to pick up narcotics on a forged prescription.

    “The male subject was advised by (Walgreens) staff that he was not to return to the store and was banned from the property,” Harriman officer Michael W. Cox said in an arrest warrant.

    Cox said Estes had slurred speech and stumbled and “almost fell three times.”

  • Library plans TVA thanks

    Harriman Public Library wants to honor TVA for the improvements made to the building.

    “We are presenting them with a plaque,” said Barbara Pelfrey-Milsaps, library director.

    The thank-you reception is Monday, June 17, from 2 to 4 p.m.

    Thanks to TVA, many projects were done at the building, including excavating around the building to improve drainage that threatened the foundation.

    Rewiring was done and period lighting was installed, and putting new old-style metal tile ceilings placed overhead.

  • Security system phone scam alleged

    Joann Davis thinks scammers targeted her and a friend recently, claiming to be security company installers scheduling a time to put a system in.

    Davis said both she and her friend received almost identical calls.
    Both women hung up.

    “I have no idea what is going on. I’ve got two of them here, and I just hung up,” Davis said. She told her friend to do the same.

    “I think it is just a scam from somebody trying to get in the house or bring security system in and then you get a big bill for it,” she added.

  • Beer board refuses to hear woman's application

    The Roane County Beer Board refused to hear Roma L. Christopher’s application for a beer permit on Tuesday.
    “Because you all think I’m opening up for Grover Norton,” Christopher told the board.
    Norton, owner of the Grill & Pub, had his beer permit revoked for a year on Feb. 12. Christopher planned to operate from the same location, 2224 Harriman Hwy., under the name 27/61 Grill-N-Pub.
    According to her application, Norton still owns the property.

  • ‘VIRTUAL PIONEER’ SHINES IN STUDIES

    With a lightning-fast mind and body, Austin Cochran struggled with the pace in traditional schools.

    Diagnosed in kindergarten with Asperger’s syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder, the fifth-grader was often bored and antsy in the classroom.

  • Next Chapter helps boost reading skills

    By CINDY SIMPSON
    csimpson@roanecounty.com
    The reader begins tentatively, but as the story progresses, she gains confidence and the words flow easier.
    Helping adults gain stronger reading skills is the focus of The Next Chapter Book Club, which began meeting in April at The Spot in Harriman.
    Lisa Parker is using this as a chance to continue strengthening her mind after a stroke took its toll.

  • Evans makes request for checks official

    By CINDY SIMPSON
    csimpson@roanecounty.com
    Rockwood Vice Mayor Peggy Evans regularly makes requests to see financial records of the city.
    She recently butted heads with others, including Rockwood attorney Greg Leffew, over disagreement on a Freedom of Information Act records request.
    “I have been trying now for two or three years to get some information about some checks, and I have been told I cannot have them,” Evans said at a recent meeting.
    The records are public, Leffew agreed.