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  • Beer permit? Would-be bar operator can’t even get beer board hearing

    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.
    The meeting lasted about five minutes.

  • Oliver Springs teacher lands in trouble

    A mowing job has landed one Oliver Springs High School teacher in serious trouble.
    Special education teacher Amelia E. Drennan is charged with felony reckless endangerment after police said she hired a man to mow at an address where meth labs were found.

  • Slipping Airport Road closed

    A popular shortcut between Rockwood into Cumberland County has been shut down.

    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson announced the decision to shut down Airport Road immediately Wednesday because of concerns about the stability of the roadway.

    “This road has dropped,” he said. “We’ve got some major cracking.”

    He said his department was contacted Tuesday by a traveler who almost wrecked because of the shifting roadway.

  • New insurance laws loom

    In about six months, every man, woman and child in the United States will be required to have health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

    Can you and your family afford it?

    What options do you have?

    And what are the penalties if you don’t, say, get with the program?

    A representative from a new kind of health insurance entity was in Roane County recently to help dispel some of the fog.

    Lisa Preiss works with Community Health Alliance, a new company based in Knoxville.

  • Dodd up for parole on child sexual battery

    A man accused of raping a 4-year-old girl is up for parole.

    David Dodd, 43, was indicted in October 2008 on one count of rape of a child but agreed to a lesser plea of attempted aggravated sexual battery with a recommended punishment written in the plea agreement of six years.

    Dodd, who is incarcerated at  Morgan County Correctional Complex, was scheduled for a parole hearing Thursday, June 13.

    He is listed as eligible for parole on Aug. 7.

  • Rockwood's Airport Road closed to traffic

    A popular shortcut between Rockwood and up the mountain into Cumberland County has been shut down.

    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson announced the decision to shut down Airport Road immediately Wednesday because of concerns about the stability of the roadway.

    “This road has dropped. We've got some major cracking that is beginning to come into the road,” Ferguson said.

  • If you can paddle a pumpkin ....

    The city of Kingston’s raft is going to be under new management, so to speak, at this year’s July 4th homemade raft race.

    Former City manager Jim Pinkerton had been the captain of the Kingston raft for the past five years, but he retired in April.

    New Kingston City Manaer David Bolling has agreed to take the helm at the city’s big festival.

    He’s been warned he might get wet. The Kingston crew tends to have a friendly mutiny every year toward the end of the race.

  • Roane County Citizen Academy members graduate
  • 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.