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  • Poll workers poised for pay hike

    A resolution to increase the pay for election officials is on today’s Roane County Commission agenda. 

    If approved, the officer of elections, machine operators and inspectors would have their pay increased from $90 per day to $125 per day.

    The pay for the Democratic judge and the Republican judge would increase from $110 to $145. 

    “The reason for this request is to bring Roane County’s compensation rate in line with other adjacent counties,” the resolution said. 

  • Blood drives slated in OS, Harriman

     

    Medic Regional Blood Center is giving Roane County donors two opportunities to give blood at upcoming community drives.

    A Medic mobile unit will be at Oliver Springs Food City from noon to 6 p.m. April 18.

    Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Harriman will be the site of the second drive, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 21.

    Medic also has two donor centers that are open for public convenience. The donor centers are at 1601 Ailor Ave., Knoxville, and at 11000 Kingston Pike, Farragut.

  • Don White joins REU board

    STAFF REPORTS

    Kingston City Councilman Don White is now the first retiree from Rockwood Electric Utility to sit on its board.

    White, a longtime city councilman, was approved as Kingston board representative by the Rockwood City Council in late March.

    He replaces the late Kevin McClure as the Kingston City Council representative to the utility.

    Councilwoman Peggy Evans believes REU retirees like him can be an asset to the board because of their knowledge of the utility.

  • Another delay in seven-year-old O’Neal murder case

    A missing key witness has delayed the Ralph O’Neal murder case.

    “We’ve had a subpoena out for her since Feb. 27,” Assistant District Attorney General Bill Reedy said. “She has been nowhere to be found, despite almost weekly attempts to locate her.”

    O’Neal is charged with first-degree murder in the August 2007 death of Ronnie Dean Cofer. Reedy said Pamela Smith, the key witness, was with Cofer the night before his death.

  • Fun times add up at Bowers Elementary

    Bowers Elementary hosted its annual Reading and Math nights this week.

    The events are a way to show students and their families that learning can be fun. They also allow parents to be involved in their child’s education.

    A Bingo for Books event was held in the cafeteria along with a complimentary dinner for families.

    In the gym, each teacher had a math station where she could play a game or do a math activity with the students and their families.

  • Older school buses to stay on road

    Old school buses can stay on the road years longer, giving school systems a break on replacement costs.

    A bill that extends the use of school buses has been approved in the Tennessee General Assembly.

    “Currently, school buses in Tennessee are allowed to operate up to 15 years with a 200,000-mile limit, whichever comes first,” a Senate news release said.

    Senate Bill 1966 will allow buses to be used until they have reached 18 years of service.

  • Leon Houston imprisoned in Oklahoma

    Leon Houston is at the Federal Transfer Center in Oklahoma City, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website.

    The transfer center houses federal inmates in-transit to other facilities.

    U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves sentenced Houston to five years for using a telephone communication to threaten to kill Cleveland, Tenn., attorney James Logan.

    A federal jury in Knoxville found him guilty of that charge in November.

  • Road budget comes with pay raise

    Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson and his staffers appeared before the Roane County Budget Committee on Monday.

    The committee unanimously approved the road department’s proposed operating and capital budgets for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

    The capital budget is $1.12 million. It has $120,000 earmarked for a long-arm tractor and $150,000 earmarked for a dump truck and two “F-250-type” trucks.

    The capital budget has another $50,000 earmarked for a storage building.

  • Schools foundation presents its wish list

    Roane County Schools Education Foundation has been given three areas to focus fundraising on this year.

    They include expanding the robotics program at Roane County High School to the other four high schools, adding an ACT test preparation program, and adding security cameras at some of the schools with older systems.

  • Election field has several changes

    Three candidates exited the upcoming election before the withdrawal deadline. Daryl Cook and Mona Gardner Wright pulled out of the race for District 2 county commission, and Sam Russell withdrew from the Harriman City Council race.

    Cook, who works as a school resource officer, said he exited the race for personal reasons.

    “Things in my life may change, and it may be time to run later, but right now is not a good time,” he said.