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  • Unpaid fines a priority for clerk hopefuls

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Looking forward won’t be the only priority for Roane County’s next circuit court clerk.

    The candidates have all said they plan to look back to try and collect court costs and fines that have gone unpaid.

    “We’ll be going back through the records and seeing if we can collect if you can prove it’s not been paid,” Bob Alford said.

  • Goodman looking forward to normal life after tour in Iraq

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Another of Roane County’s good men is back home after serving in Iraq.

    Mark Goodman, a specialist with the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Second Squadron Troop E out of Jamestown, returned Thursday afternoon to his Oliver Springs area home, where a large gathering of family and friends waited.

    His wife, Andrea, children Bryson, 8, and Kylie, 6, and other family members picked him up from Smyrna that afternoon.

  • Roane left out of own story in movie

    By TERRI LIKENS

    tlikens@roanecounty.com

    At the end of this month, a Roane County event will once again be getting national attention.

    Problem is, the colorful event is from 1938 — and most people won’t know it took place here.

    The living funeral of Felix “Bush” Breazeale of East Roane County’s Cave Creek community is the subject of “Get Low,” with a star-studded cast led by Robert Duvall, Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek. The movie will begin showing in theaters around the country on July 30.

  • Rockwood water rate hike looming

    By CHERYL DUNCAN

    cduncan@roanecounty.com

    The water rate increase that’s loomed large in Rockwood for the past several months looks to be on its way to reality.

    The form it will take — across the board shared among all customers or by those with the highest amount of usage — will be discussed Tuesday during a joint meeting between Rockwood City Council and Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas Board.

    The special-called work session will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Rockwood City Hall.

  • New school site announced

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The Roane County Board of Education has chosen a site for its new elementary school in the Oliver Springs/Dyllis area.

    Board member Wade McCullough said the site is on Ollis Road, which is off Old Harriman Highway.

    “It’s four miles south of Oliver Springs,” he said.

    Bonnie June Raby owns the property. The board has a memorandum of understanding to purchase 25 acres at $9,800 per acre, for a cost of $245,000.

  • Facebook campaign lands teen state 4-H leadership role

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Adults aren’t the only ones campaigning this time of year.

    Kingston resident Mason Van Horn said he spent the last couple of months campaigning to become Tennessee 4-H Council president.

    The stumping paid off. Van Horn, 17, was elected president at last week’s 4-H Roundup in Martin.   

    Officials from 4-H said the last time a Roane Countian was president of the state council was in 1951, when C.J. Cate held the position.

    “It’s pretty cool,” Van Horn said.

  • Rockwood taxpayers could owe more soon

    By CHERYL DUNCAN

    cduncan@roanecounty.com

    On paper, it looks good.

    But some Rockwood property owners whose holdings went up in value during this year’s county reappraisal could find themselves paying more in taxes if city leaders follow through with a proposal to maintain the 2010 property tax rate of 85 cents per $100 valuation.

  • Professionalism aim of clerk hopefuls

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The candidates for circuit court clerk are not vowing to clean house.

    They are, however, pledging to clean up what they have referred to during the campaign as a lack of professionalism by the current office staff.

    “I think there’s some improvements that can be made there,” Kim Nelson said. “Just some of the things I’ve seen myself being there for the last few years and some of the complaints that some of my colleagues have.

  • Lawyers get seven hours at TVA chief

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Tom Kilgore will be on his home turf when he gives a deposition in the ash spill civil cases. The president and CEO of TVA is scheduled to be deposed at agency headquarters in Knoxville on Aug. 31. 

    TVA tried to prevent Kilgore from being deposed by attorneys for the plaintiffs, but U.S. Magistrate Bruce Guyton ruled that Kilgore has unique personal knowledge of facts and should be deposed.

    The deposition will be limited to seven hours, but Guyton could grant the plaintiffs more time.

  • Sheriff’s surplus more than $860,000

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Too much money to start with or good fiscal management?

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton maintains the latter is why hundreds of thousands of dollars went unspent in the budgets he oversees.

    Earlier this week, budget director Alva Moore said the county was still in the process of closing out its books for the 2009-10 fiscal year, but preliminary figures showed Stockton spent $861,592.03 less than what was budgeted.