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  • County employee raises? Hard to say just yet

    Roane County employees may have to wait until the fall to find out if they will get a raise.
    In June, the budget committee instructed budget director Alva Moore to prepare figures in case they decided to add a 1-percent raise for employees to the proposed 2010-11 fiscal budget.
    Moore said a 1-percent raise would cost taxpayers about $103,000.
    The budget still hasn’t been adopted, and the current budget committee terms expire on Aug. 31.

  • Republican Party holding grand opening

    The Roane County Republican Party is holding a grand opening on Sept. 11 of its new headquarters.
    The building is at 901 E. Race St. in Kingston, just a couple of buildings west of the Shell station on Morrison Hill.

  • Feds find no problem with soil dredged from Clinch River

    Nothing to worry about. That was the U.S. Department of Energy’s conclusion about Clinch River soil in a local resident’s yard.
    “It was really what we expected,” DOE spokesman Mike Koentop said of the government’s findings.
    Scott Boyes wanted the soil removed from the front yard at his Walton Road home because it came from the Clinch River.
    Koentop said the river has DOE contaminants from legacy operations years and years ago.
    When contacted by Boyes, DOE officials agreed to go to his home and take samples of the soil.

  • Coal ash regulation meeting at Roane State

    While seven hearings have been scheduled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to consider a classification for coal ash, not one was scheduled in Tennessee, the site of the TVA coal ash disaster in 2008.
    A coalition of environmental justice organizations — forming the Citizens’ Coal Ash Hearing Committee — will host a people’s hearing to help ensure that the voices of those who have been impacted have a chance to testify.
    The people’s hearing will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday Sept. 2 at the Roane State Community College.

  • Roane County Commissioners approve go-cart track regulations

    One of the final acts by the current Roane County Commission was passing a resolution to regulate go-cart tracks.
    The resolution was approved at the August meeting.
    “I would hate to leave this conversation to the next commission, so let’s vote for this,” Commissioner David Olsen said. “They don’t have to deal with it and if there is problems with this resolution, they will have to deal with it. Let’s be done with it and not pass this on to the next guys.”

  • Disappearing sign makes reappearance

    The Ponderosa subdivision sign is no longer roaming the range.
    The heavy, wooden sign, which has been a landmark along Bluff Road for several decades, had been missing since July.
    It returned Saturday, according to resident Sydney Woodlee, who originally collected the money for the sign from her neighbors about 40 years ago.
    “My husband went out about 7 or 8 Saturday morning,” she said. “He called and said, ‘Guess what?’”
    Vandals took the sign once before and returned it. No one seems to know where it goes.

  • New food pantry aims to keep pets in homes

    By CINDY SIMPSON
    csimpson@roanecounty.com
    Roane County pet owners suffering financially will soon have a little help.
    Second Chance K-9 Rescue members have decided to start a food pantry for pet food and are now collecting donations.
    Ann Baker and her daughter, Madison, came up with the idea.
    “A lot of people, on account of the economy ... have had to surrender their pet. We want to do something to keep them out of the shelter,” Baker said.

  • Schools' scores lower, but ....

    The lowest scores you have ever seen.
    Parents of Roane County Schools students can expect to see that when the state report card is released later this year, according to Director of Schools Toni McGriff.
    She attributed the pending gloom to changes in how student achievement is measured by the state.
    The standards have increased.      
    “It doesn’t mean the children know less,” McGriff told Board of Education members last week.

  • Driving Miss Sadie: Katrina refugees in Rockwood go home

    Bruce and Diana Knobloch had their flights booked for their August trip to New Orleans for the annual Satchmo Festival honoring Louis Armstrong.
    But their August trip to the Crescent City took a turn of its own before they could get up in the air.
    It started with a late July phone call to the Roane County United Way office where Diana is director.
    The call was from “Miss Sadie” Butler, a 94-year-old who, with her son, Joe, landed in Rockwood as one of the last fugitives evacuated from Hurricane Katrina.

  • UPDATE: Injured identified in salon crash

    Authorities have confirmed the identities of the 10 people injured Tuesday afternoon when a van crashed into Classic Styles salon on Kentucky Street in Kingston.

    Richard L. Ward of Kingston was the driver of the van, said Kingston Police Lt. Gary Nelson. Ward was taken via helicopter to University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, and Nelson said Tuesday night he was in critical condition.