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  • Jenkins’ influence felt beyond classroom

     

    This year’s Roane County News Educator of the Year doesn’t just make a difference in the classroom.

    Dawn Jenkins does much more, including instructing a flourishing Bowers Elementary Dance Team.

    For her, children are a joy, and it shows in her dealings with them.

    “It doesn’t matter what age. I love them all,” she said. “I’ve always been drawn to children. I just think I was born to do this.”

  • Oak Ridge woman charged with DUI

    A woman was arrested for driving under the influence, reckless endangerment and driving on a suspended license after a four-vehicle accident on Hwy. 58 near James Ferry Road Saturday.

    Amanda Graham, 30, Oak Ridge, was treated at University of Tennessee Medical Center before being taken to the Roane County Jail and charged.
    Preliminary reports from Tennessee Highway Patrol indicated Graham’s vehicle was traveling southbound on Hwy. 58 in the northbound lane.

  • VOLKSWAGEN: 10-year tax abatement

    Volkswagen got a 10-year property-tax abatement as part of its deal to build a distribution center in Roane County.

    “They do not pay any tax,” said Leslie Henderson, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance.

    There was some talk recently about not offering similar deals to future industries, but it doesn't appear that will happen now.

    “There is no plan to exempt the school taxes,” Henderson said. “That was just something we were researching.”

  • Former asst. principal not rehired

    A former Roane County school administrator who had some run-ins with the law over the past school year may not be back in the fall.

    Donna Renee Moore had been assitant principal at Oliver Springs High School, but was then reassigned to a nonadministrative job at Midtown Education Center.

    “Her status right now is she is not hired back,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said last week.

    Moore was moved to Midtown in March following her arrest for driving under the influence and violation of the implied consent law.

  • Special chair burns in downtown Harriman fire

    A fire shut down Roane Street in Harriman for hours and damaged two buildings in the 500 block Monday afternoon.

    Most of the damage was in Looking Good Hair Salon owned by Glenda Copeland, but also damaged was the former Edwards Shoe Store, which has been vacant for years.

    “The fire appeared to be what we call a high fire, so it started between the roof and the office area below,” said Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss.

    Firefighters were dispatched at 1:08 p.m.

  • CORRECTION

    Due to a clerical error at the circuit court clerk’s office, recent court records involving Berta Presley were wrong.

    Original charges were entered at tampering with evidence, but Presley pleaded to an amended charge of obstruction.

    The charge was subject to diversion and will be dismissed if Presley completes a one-year diversionary program.

  • Does the time fit the crime?

    Scottie Hill and his family left the Roane County Courthouse upset on March 27. Nearly two months, later that frustration was still there.

    “The court system is just not right,” Hill said in a May phone interview.  

    His opinion of the court system was formed by the case involving the man who killed his mother. Nancy Hill died in a head-on car crash on Gateway Avenue in Rockwood on June 20, 2011.

  • School lunches to cost more starting next fall

    Students who pay full price for lunch could have to fork over an extra quarter when they return to school.

    The proposed budget for the 2013-14 school year calls for a 25-cent increase in lunch prices.

    Roane County Schools Food Service Coordinator Linda Wilson said the increase is expected to bring in an additional $60,000 of revenue.

  • Backpack program to feed hungry schoolchildren needs more support

    Children shouldn’t have to worry about where their next meal is going to come from.

    Some of Roane County’s youth won’t have to during school-year weekends, thanks to a program that sends backpacks home filled with healthy meals and snacks.

    The Food for Kids program of Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee, needs help to continue offering the quality treats for the students and to potentially expand to more students.

  • O’Neal murder trial postponed once again

    The July 9 murder trial for Ralph O’Neal has been postponed.

    O’Neal is accused of killing Ronnie Dean Cofer in August 2007.

    Cofer’s body was discovered in a ditch on Clax Gap Road. Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said Cofer had been shot.

    Assistant District Attorney General Bill Reedy said O’Neal’s lawyer, Bob Vogel, has been accepted to the Trial Lawyers College in Wyoming for a three-week period around that time.