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  • McGriff given one-year contract extension

    A lot of time in prayer, sleepless nights and friends pulling her both ways.

    Roane County Board of Education member Marjorie Earick said those were some of the things she endured when pondering what to do about Director of Schools of Toni McGriff’s contract.

    “I finally had to come to the point to, Marjorie, what do you think is right?” she said. “What’s right for this county is for me to vote for Dr. McGriff for another year.”

  • GAS PAINS: Price at pump is binding budgets

    With gas prices skyrocketing at more than $3 in the last weeks, people on the private and public sectors are feeling the pinch.

    Roane County residents who commute or who travel for their work are especially noticing.

    “I drive the most fuel efficient car we have,” said Roane County resident Sarah McCoin. “I can’t afford to go to my job in Knoxville with a gas guzzler.”

    “I feel sorry for so many employees,” she added.

  • Manson killer remains behind bars

    Manson Family killer Bruce Davis waived his parole hearing earlier this year and remains behind bars in a California prison.

    Davis, 68, graduated from Roane County High School in 1961.

    He hooked up with Charles Manson after making his way to California.

    Manson and his followers went on a violent killing spree in California in 1969.

    Davis' attorney Michael Beckman argues that his client's role in the Manson Family was small.

  • Blaze strikes two-story home in Rockwood

    A Rockwood two-story house was heavily damaged in a fire early Monday morning.

    Rockwood firefighters responded to the structure at 121 N. Douglas Ave. around 2 a.m. Monday.

    Nobody lived in the house, but a couple and their children were preparing to move in.

    “Heavy smoke and fire showed pretty much all over the building (when the first engine arrived),” Rockwood Fire Chief Mike Wertz said.

  • A time for spiritual reflection
  • HUB warehouse may cost $17.5 million

    Harriman Utility Board’s dream warehouse facility could be a costly one.

    Among the features would be  an outdoor classroom area and public walking trail along Hannah Creek and a fitness center.

    The price, if the facility is built according to plan, would be around $17.5 million for the site improvements and facility on the 38-acre tract on farmland in north Harriman on Hwy. 27.

    Those estimates are conservative, according to officials with McGill Associates.

  • 20 apply for Rockwood utility chief job

    Rockwood is seeing no shortage of interest in the Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas manager position.

    Twenty people have applied, although officials weren’t publicly naming names.

    The Rockwood City Council, which has served as the utility board since it was dissolved last year, narrowed that list down to six to invite for an interview.

    During the applicant review last Monday, the council referred to each application by number, not name.

  • Cawood legal decision has ripples

    The legal community is feeling the repercussions of a Tennessee Supreme Court decision involving Kingston attorney Chris Cawood.

    After two unsuccessful attempts to have Cawood disciplined for a sexual tryst, the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility appealed to the Supreme Court.

    The court threw out the appeal on Dec. 20 because the board’s petition for certiorari  or appeal failed to meet the requirements of state law.

  • Jim Henry sworn in as state commissioner

    Kingston’s Jim Henry was sworn in as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities on Monday.

    “There might have been 400 or 500 people there,” said Roane County Executive Ron Woody, who attended the event in Nashville.

    “The governor said I believe you got more people here than when I got inaugurated.”   

    Henry was chosen by Gov. Bill Haslam to lead the department back in December.