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  • Looseleaf Laureate: Common garden flower takes root in heart

    Over the weekend, my guy Derek sent me a simple text message with a photograph of a stubby marigold.
    “It bloomed,” he proclaimed.
    I knew exactly what he meant.
    “Yay,” I texted back.
    The marigold in the picture had self seeded in the tiniest crack in his asphalt driveway and was growing there — flowering even — alone in a hard, black desert.
    Derek knew leaving it wasn’t the best thing for the driveway, but he admired its cheerful toughness.
    I admired him for leaving it be.

  • Volunteer Energy gives grants in Roane

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative awarded $2,750 in grants to Roane County organizations in April through its VECustomers Share program.
    The program, founded in October 2001, has donated more than $4.1 million to various community-service organizations.
    Local groups collecting grants in April include Midway High School PTO/FFA, $1,000; South Roane County Volunteer Fire Department, $1,000; Midway High School Spanish Club, $250; Roane Choral Society, $250; and Midway Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support team, $250.

  • Tedder’s replacement on council is Ahler — for now

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said he isn’t trying to influence the upcoming election for an unexpired council seat.
    Mason appointed Chris Ahler to fill the seat until the August election.
    Ahler is one of several who have taken out a petition for the seat.
    Mason said he’d already approached Ahler about filling the seat before he realized that the seat once filled by Chase Tedder, who left to be a park ranger at Yellowstone National Park, had to be put on the Aug. 2 election ballot.

  • Harriman wants hold on signs

    Office seekers and their cohorts better think twice before placing their signs.
    Harriman Vice Mayor Ken Mynatt, who took over the meeting after Mayor Chris Mason left early to coach his daughter’s softball team, was granted approval to put a moratorium on campaign and business signs on city property, particularly Riverfront Park.
    “David Webb and I found campaign signs at Riverfront Park,” Mynatt said. He said another was an advertisement for a real estate company. Others have beenplaced in the Temperance Building.

  • Jail recertified by corrections board

    The Tennessee Corrections Institute Board of Control has recertified the Roane County Jail.
    Sheriff Jack Stockton said the designation — which was awarded in March —  was the result of a team effort.
    “We’re pleased that we’re running at and above minimum guidelines that the state sets forth,” he said. “I commend my employees for a job well done.”
    Joe Ferguson, a detention facility specialist for TCI, inspected the Roane County Jail in February.

  • Rockwood tries again on budget

    Rockwood officials haven’t been able to see eye to eye on a fiscal budget for 2013.
    They’ll attempt to reach some consensus again at a special-called meeting on Monday, June 11. The budget committee will meet at 3 p.m. and be followed at 4 with the Rockwood City Council convening.
    “I made every effort to try and change things around,” Mayor James Watts said at the most recent workshop.

  • Assessor’s race forum postponed

    The Roane County Tea Party has postponed Thursday night’s forum for the property assessor candidates.
    Tea Party media director Chuck Smith said the move was done at the request of incumbent property assessor Teresa Kirkham and out of respect for J.T. Woods.
    Last week Woods committed suicide outside of Kirkham’s home.
    “We just felt like some of the candidates wanted to suspend until after this week and the funeral and so on of Mr. Woods,” Smith said. “We’re going to respect that and just try to reschedule.”

  • Woman charged after infant left in car

    STAFF REPORTS
    Ashley Rice, 110 Rice Lane, Harriman, is facing a child abuse charge for allegedly leaving her infant son in a car while she went into Kroger.
    The alleged incident happened on May 10 at Kroger in Midtown.
    According to the warrant, police found the infant secured in a car seat in a gold SUV when they arrived at the store.
    “The child was alone with the windows up, doors locked and the sunroof was popped open,” the warrant said.
    Police made contact with Rice as she was leaving the store.

  • Father-son look-alike contest deadline set

    There’s still time to get your photos in for this year’s Roane County News father-son look-alike contest.
    Once again, Roane County News will be giving out $100 worth of gift  cards.
    The winning look-alike father and son will each receive a $50 gift card.
    Entrants can submit pictures that show the family similarities at any age. Photos might be infant shots of the father and son, or current shots of the adult and child — together or separate.
    Deadline to get photos in for the father-son contest is Monday, June 11, by 5 p.m.

  • County Democrat meeting set

    The Roane County Democratic Party executive committee meeting will be held at Roane County Democratic Party Headquarters  at 108 Court St. in Kingston on Thursday, June 14, at 7 p.m.
    These meetings, held on the second Thursday of each month, are open to all Roane County Democrats.
    Members of the executive committee who are unable to attend should contact Kat Moore or Bob Cowan.
    Also, Roane County Democratic Party Headquarters is open for business with the following regular hours: