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  • Roane Government a corporation?

    Roane County is on the hook for homeowners association dues for the lots it owns at The Preserve at Clinch River subdivision, according to County Attorney Greg Leffew.

    “It is my opinion that while it owns the aforesaid lots, Roane County is subject to the homeowners association assessment,” Leffew said in a May 26 letter to Roane County Executive Ron Woody.

  • Is city eyeing fields?

    The Swan Pond Sports Complex could have a new lessee.

    “We have been approached by the city of Harriman of maybe taking over the operation of the Swan Pond Sports Complex,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said at last week’s Budget Committee meeting.

    Harriman Mayor Wayne Best had a different take when asked about Woody’s comments.

  • Woody: School finances ‘fragile’

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody is not happy with the school system’s financial state, and he let it be known at last Thursday’s Budget Committee meeting.

    “I think your financials are very vulnerable and fragile,” he told school officials.

    The concerns come at a time when the Roane County Board of Education is looking to build a consolidated school for Harriman High, Roane County High and Rockwood High.

    The plan, which also calls for making improvements at Oliver Springs and Midway, could cost $50 million or more to execute.

  • Kingston wants RCHS building

    The city of Kingston wants a seat at the table if and when the future of Roane County High School is decided.

    If the county decides to move ahead with a plan to consolidate the Kingston school with Harriman and Rockwood high schools, the buildings might be repurposed or abandoned.

    Kingston City Council unanimously authorized City Manager David Bolling on Tuesday to send a letter to county officials expressing interest in the property.

  • Grant could help Kingston create Roane’s first dog park

    Kingston’s Fort Southwest Point could be the site of the county’s first dog park.

    The Kingston City Council voted unanimously last week to apply for the 2017 PetSafe Dog Park Grant.

    “I think this is something we can offer the citizens,” said Councilwoman Tara Stockton.

    The $25,000 grant requires no matching funds, City Manager David Bolling told the council during a recent workshop.

    Currently, the closest park like this is in Oak Ridge, he said.

  • ‘It is a good way just to give back’ Kingston Walmsley plans Dentistry From the Heart clinic

    Kingston dentist James Walmsley recognizes the serious need for dental care in Roane County, and he and his staff are excited to work with others to help.

    It’s why they are doing the Dentistry from the Heart event on July 21.

    Registration begins at 7 a.m. and services begin at 7:30. It’s first-come, first-served until around 3 p.m.

    “We’re offering extractions, fillings and cleanings. They can only choose one service,” said hygienist Jessica Swanger.

    Patients can expect a wait.

  • Mom accused of leaving baby to go on beer run pleads to neglect

    The case against the Kingston woman who reportedly left her infant child home alone to go on a beer run was resolved last month.

    Cassie Oglesby, 25, pleaded guilty to child neglect in Roane County General Sessions Court. She was fined $50 and given the opportunity to attend Roane County Recovery Court, which is designed to help people recover from drug and alcohol problems.   

  • Man believed to overdose revived with Narcan

    Narcan may have again proved helpful in a Rockwood overdose. According to an incident report, police responded to an overdose at 400 E. Dunn St., on June 7 around noon.

    When they arrived, Deputy Chief John Mayes said Robert McArthur was unconscious and barely breathing. Mayes asked the people in the house what drugs McArthur may have taken and someone said Opana and heroin.

    “Knowing that both of these are opiates from my training as a drug recognition expert as well as my medical background, I made the decision to administer Narcan,” the report said.

  • Harriman selling fire truck to Roane County

    Harriman may have surplused a fire truck, but it isn’t going far and may still benefit the city today.

    Harriman City Council approved a proposal from Roane County to purchase fire engine three after the city voted to surplus it rather than pay for costly repairs.

    “Roane County EMA is here whenever we call. They come on scene with us. They are here fighting fires with us, whatever we need. So that engine will still be used a lot inside our city,” said Mayor Wayne Best.

  • Bible verse sets off husband

    A Rockwood woman told police her husband got physical with her after she quoted a Bible verse to him. The husband, Tony Jay Jolly, is facing a domestic assault charge in the incident.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Jared Hall responded to 516 W. Strang St., on June 5, to investigate a possible assault.

    “I spoke to Heather Jolly on the front porch who told me that it was just a simple argument between her and her husband,” the report said. “I noticed red marks on her chest and neck.”