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  • School drug policy approved by board

    A revised policy on drug testing for student athletes was approved on second reading at Tuesday’s Roane County Board of Education meeting.
    The revision removes the opt-out clause and subjects all student athletes to random drug testing during a sport season.
    “Does this policy have in it where we test all kids before each season?” Mike “Brillo” Miller asked.
    “No,” Wade McCullough responded. “This is still providing only random testing.”

  • Kingston property tax rate stays put

    Kingston City Council members passed a budget for 2013-14 with little fanfare at a special-called meeting this week, leaving the property tax rate unchanged from last year, but approving a 5-percent increase in city sewer and water rates.
    The Monday session included the mandatory public hearing prior to the budget’s second reading; the measure passed without opposition.
    The vote itself was quick, with little discussion.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Two dogs, a fly and some yawning cats

    We all have monsters of our own creation.
    Last night, I was dealing with mine.
    I have two Australian cattledogs. For people who know the breed, I’ve probably said enough with those few words.

    For those who don’t, a little background: These are working dogs; they must be kept busy — usually keeping large numbers of cattle or sheep in line.
    If you don’t give them a job, they will find one of their own, and (hint) you probably aren’t going to like it.

  • Bear seen in West Roane area

    Albert Cook didn’t believe his wife, Ruth, when she said there was a bear outside, so he had a look himself Friday evening.
    “Sure enough, there was a bear in the yard,” said Cook, who lives in the Smokerise subdivision of Rockwood.

    He said the bear appeared to be looking for food, fumbling around with watermelon rinds that had been thrown outside and bird feeders nearby.

  • Progress made on greenway

    With the pressure off, contractors for Kingston’s Ladd Landing Greenway look like they just might make a June 30 deadline for finishing the much-delayed project.
    Of course, that’s not as vital as it once was, now that city officials know they will not have to renew a bank loan should the project run past the deadline.
    Still, given that many people expected the project to be at this point sometime last year, it wouldn’t seem advisable for work crews to take a breather at this point.

  • School board pays tribute to former principal Thompson

    Members of the Roane County Board of Education expressed condolences at the passing of former Rockwood Middle School principal Bill Thompson.
    “I was fortunate to play ball for Coach Thompson,” Mike “Brillo” Miller said at Tuesday’s board meeting. “He was a great educator and he was a great coach, but the thing that separated Mr. Thompson was he was a better man.”
    Thompson passed away on Sunday after a long battle with cancer.
    He was 75. 

  • Federal agency slaps TVA over nuclear quality assurance issues

    The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission has proposed a $70,000 civil penalty against TVA for violations related to the commercial grade dedication program during the construction of Watts Bar nuclear plant Unit 2.
    The Watts Bar plant, where one unit has been in operation since 1996, is near Spring City.
    The NRC requires certain components in a nuclear plant to meet strict nuclear quality assurance standards.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Beware of Sen. McCain and stay out of Syria

    Today, we conclude our comments for the present upon the disclosure by Edward Snowden of activities by government concerning telephone records and Internet records.
    As the reader will recall, prompted by the charge of several legislators and others that Mr. Snowden if guilty of treason, we quoted the provision of our Constitution defining the acts that constitute treason, to-wit: “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or, in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.”

  • Deal reached in development official’s DUI case

    The drunk-driving case of Darrell Williams, the vice president of business development for The Roane Alliance, was resolved Monday in General Sessions Court.

  • Case of mother accused of holding boy for beating put off

    Latoya Brown came to court on Monday hoping to be exonerated of allegations that she held a 10-year-old boy so her son could hit him.
    She left court disappointed.
    Brown’s accusers didn’t show up, and the case was rescheduled to Aug. 19.  
    “It’s irritating,” Brown said. “They’re making me waste gas and time to come over here for something I didn’t even do.” 
    Monday marked the second time the case has been postponed.