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  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: A few thoughts in anticipation of spring

    Winter is far from gone, but the promise of spring finally is upon us.
    Every year, some of us, somewhere deep inside us, begin to have our doubts that winter will really loosen its grip.
    It takes a warm spell, a few sunny days like we are having this week, to reassure that forlorn part of our soul that the seasons are not stuck in park.
    It takes the Carolina wrens, reddish brown and handsomely speckled, showing up in pairs at the bird feeder and singing with everything they’ve got.

  • RSCC hosts health care field job fair

    Employers are invited to participate in a March 23 job fair for Roane State Community College students who are pursuing careers in health care and plan to graduate this year.
    The fair is planned for Wednesday, March 23 from 2-5 p.m. at Roane State’s Oak Ridge campus, 701 Briarcliff Ave.
    Employers are asked to register online There is no registration fee. To register, visit www.roanestate.edu/placement and click on the Job Fair link.

  • Roane County's future business leaders
  • Local artist takes to the wheel

    When Kingston resident Larry Gabbard sits down at the potter’s wheel, there’s no telling what might come of it.

    Each technique offers something different.

    Glaze, temperature and clay all play their parts in the methodical and creative process. The possibilities seem endless.

    Samples of his creativity are being featured at the Kingston Public Library through the rest of the month.

  • Ambulance charges stay where they are

    The idea of raising rates that the Roane County Ambulance Department charges for transport services didn’t have Commissioner Nick Forrester’s support.

    “I think there’s others ways that we can go about bringing in revenue, rather than raising rates of our citizens,” he said. “I just want to say that I’m opposed to it, and hope you’ll agree with me.”

    Seven others did and a motion to raise the rates failed 8-7 at Monday night’s commission meeting.

  • Airport booster has nearby farm

    One of Rockwood Airports biggest supporters believes the facility could be an economic boon for the community.

    The airport’s success could be an economic success for her family, as well, but Councilwoman Peggy Evans said that hasn’t crossed her mind when fighting for investment in the airport.

    More than 500 acres of a Cumberland County farm not far from the airport belong to the Tom Evans family, including his widow, Peggy Evans, and their children.

  • Who is next to head the schools?

    Roane County Board of Education Member Frank Mee said he’s concern about the lack of action on the system’s top position.

    Director of Schools Toni McGriff’s contract is set to expire on June 30.

    The board has not voted to extend the current contract or start the search for a new director.

    “We can’t just wait until the end of the year to address this,” Mee said. “If we’re going to be looking for one, we need to get the word out right now, so if anyone is interested they can get in touch with us.”

  • Cleaning up
  • Felon now guilty of cop posing

    A Rockwood man who posed as a federal agent to commit a home invasion was found guilty in federal court last Thursday.

    The jury convicted Ricky Eugene Cofer of impersonation of an officer and being a convicted felon in possession of a pistol.

    Cofer was indicted on four counts, but the government dismissed two of them “in order to mainstream the issues before the court.”

  • Hurdle cleared for land annexation

    Harriman officials are moving forward with a referendum to annex three properties neighboring where Covenant Health plans to build a hospital in the Midtown area.

    Harriman City Council approved Mayor Chris Mason’s request to put the referendum involving about  five residents on the June ballot.

    Councilman J.D. Sampson said he hadn’t had a chance to visit with other area residents, but he plans to see if he can generate any interest from others who might like to be in the city.