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  • Moving out: Hurley discusses tumultuous two-year tenure as Roane’s state representative

    No one can accuse Julia Hurley of having an uneventful term in the Tennessee House of Representatives.

    That was a problem for some of her critics.

    “I have friends in Chicago and other parts of the country, and the only thing they heard about Roane County was some antic of our state representative,” Roane County Commissioner Randy Ellis said.

  • Mullins ordered to pay his taxes

    Chancellor Frank V. Williams III has reversed his decision on Brian Mullins’ delinquent Roane County taxes.

    “The order, entered by this court on Aug. 1, 2012, which waives attorney’s fees, interest, costs, fines and fees associated with the taxes owed by Brian Mullins and Brian Mullins Excavating Contractors Inc. is set aside,” reads an order signed by Williams on Oct. 23.

  • Bogus bill shows up in court till

    Roane County’s General Sessions Court Office is being more attentive when it comes to receiving money after someone used a fake $20 bill to make a payment earlier this month.

    “I have instructed my deputy clerks to be vigilant about checking the cash for possible counterfeit money,” Circuit Court Clerk Kim Nelson said last week.

    Nelson, who oversees the Circuit, General Sessions, Criminal and Juvenile courts, said one of her clerks was counting money on Oct. 19 and noticed that one of the $20s looked odd.

  • School director goals, bonuses in new contract

    The Roane County Board of Education approved a performance contract for Director of Schools Gary Aytes last week.

    “This was done in concert with Mr. Aytes and legal counsel Mr. (Charles) Cagle has reviewed this as well,” Board Member Wade McCullough said. “It is a very similar process that the board has went through with previous directors.”

    Aytes, who was hired in May, is eligible for a bonus during each year of his two-year employment contract.

    The performance contract lists four goals and 20 sub-goals.

  • Harriman chorus taking to stage for Letters from War

    There will be quite a show at the Harriman Princess Theatre Tuesday.

    The Harriman High School chorus will be pulling out music and theatrics on the stage in a production called Letters from War.

    The production, directed by Matt Parks, will be at 6 p.m.

    It’s free to the public, but donations will gladly be accepted.

    “We’d like to have a big crowd,” Parks said. “It will be a great, short production that all ages will enjoy.”

  • Rockwood advertising for director of parks

    The parks and recreation director position at Rockwood will be advertised after all.

    Mayor James Watts had earlier said he would appoint a person to the position and had a few people he wanted to talk to.

    The Rockwood City Council agenda this month, however, included a line item for a resolution to approve advertising the position and a job description.

    It also included the naming of a board to review applications and make recommendations to the full council.

  • Calfee, Brummett, Ellis respond to Hurley allegations

    Kent Calfee said he misspoke during the Roane County Tea Party forum when he said he would “serve the liberal cause as best I can” if elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives.

    “I had just been talking about some of the West Tennessee liberals and making a comparison and that was just a slip up,” explained Calfee, the Republican on the ballot for the seat now held by Julia Hurley.

    Calfee defeated Hurley in the August Republican Primary.

  • REU unveils new energy program

    Somewhere out there, a neighbor is logging into the Internet to turn off her water heater.
    Another is using his smart phone to turn down his thermostat.
    Using special utility technology they didn’t directly spend a dime on, they are saving themselves — and very likely, you — money.
    It’s all part of Rockwood Electric Utility’s Smart Energy program.
    This year, REU has been recruiting electric customers to get about 100 to participate in this pilot program.

  • Students get taste of civics

    A career in government is not in Kyle McGee’s immediate plans, but the Oliver Springs High School senior did find value in Thursday’s Roane County Student Government Day.
    “I’m liking it a lot,” he said. “I’m actually learning quite a bit about the local government that I didn’t know already.”
    Matt Snow, a junior at Harriman High School, said he was also enjoying the experience.
    “I’ve learned some things about what goes on over here,” he said.

  • Early-voting period to end Thursday, Nov. 1

    Voters in Roane County continue to show their support for the flexibility and convenience of early voting.
    Through the first seven days of early voting period, 6,413 of voters have cast their ballots.
    “Roane County voters are making it clear they want their voices to be heard in this election,” said Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway. “We are hopeful that even more voters will decide to take advantage of early voting over the next several days.”