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  • School board members support teachers

    The Roane County Board of Education and the Roane County Education Association are negotiating a new three-year contract.

    The current contract expires this year.  

    “We may be close to ratification of the new contract,” RCEA President Jeff Davis said by e-mail.

    Could this be the last one? Legislation pending in the Tennessee General Assembly could prevent the sides from negotiating in the future.

  • Tight quarters hinders recycling

    At the Roane County Recycling Center, space has become an issue.

    “It’s really hard to take care of everything that needs to be done,” said solid waste coordinator Ralph Stewart.

    Over the past five years, the recycling center’s intake of cardboard has soared from approximately 20 tons of cardboard a month to 20 tons a week.

    The center uses its only building to sort and bale all of the recyclables, some that can be sold.

  • Property tax appeals to state begin later this month

    Some of the property owners unhappy about the results of last year’s reappraisal will have their grievances heard later this month.

    The Tennessee Board of Equalization will hold hearings in Roane County on March 21, March 23 and March 25.

    Forty-two people are scheduled to have their appeals heard over those three days.

    “This is just the first round of hearings,” Tennessee Comptroller spokesman Blake Fontenay said by e-mail.“There are many more appeals to be heard.”

  • Criminal negligence alleged in child’s death

    Parents of a 14-month- old who drowned while bathing with his sibling have been indicted by a Roane County grand jury for criminally negligent homicide.
    Jackson Dean Gregory died on Nov. 11 in East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Knoxville.
    District Attorney Russell Johnson said both Jami and Crystal Reagan Gregory of Harriman left their children alone during bathtime, which led to the child’s death.
    “She put the 1-year-old in the bathtub with the 2-year-old,” Johnson said.

  • E-911 worker retires to take up sewing

     

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  • Rain pounds region

    Heavy rains wreaked havoc across Roane County Monday, leaving flooded roads and homes, mudslides and accidents throughout the day.

    Emergency crews were dispatched to a wreck on Lawnville Road around 4:30 p.m.

    Dispatch said there was a vehicle wrapped around a tree with people inside.  

    Emergency personnel were kept busy assisting people out of their homes as rising flood waters trapped them inside.

    An emergency shelter was opened at Roane State Community College for people who evacuated.

  • Federal aid iffy after severe stroms

    Monday’s bad weather is unlikely to produce a federal disaster declaration for the state, according to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.

    “We get damage assessments from all the counties,” spokesman Jeremy Heidt said. “They’re doing that right now, but based on what we’re getting reported, it does not seem that that is likely to happen.”

    A disaster declaration could make counties eligible for federal assistance.

  • Rockwood to address sewage plant violations

    Rockwood officials say they are  ready to move forward with meeting the requirements of a state order that came down last month regarding issues at the Rockwood wastewater treatment plant.

    Those issues include illegal discharges and failing to turn in paperwork in a timely manner.

    Engineer Mike MacIndoe of Fulghum MacIndoe & Associates met with the Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas officials last Tuesday to discuss the next steps.