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  • 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.

  • The Woody Era: Staff evaluation, EMA issues at top of new official’s list

    Roane County Solid Waste Coordinator Ralph Stewart showed up at the courthouse the evening of the election wearing a Mike Farmer T-shirt.
    That apparently won’t cost him his job when Ron Woody takes over as Roane County executive on Sept. 1.
    “You expect everyone to support their bosses,” Woody said. “I want people that can do their work. I don’t care who they campaigned for.”

  • The Woody Era: Will newly elected county heads share past hopes for Plateau Park?

    None of the executives/mayor who led their county into the Plateau Partnership Park project will be in office come Sept. 1.
    The park is a joint venture between Cumberland, Morgan and Roane counties.     
    Morgan County Executive Becky Ruppe and Roane County Executive Mike Farmer both lost their re-election bids this month. Cumberland County Mayor Brock Hill did not seek re-election.
    The park has been hailed as an example of regional cooperation. The partnership wasn’t cheap.

  • School board adds more to building plan

    Despite being over budget, the Roane County Board of Education approved projects for its building plan at last week’s meeting.
    “I’m going to vote for it because I think we’re sent here to do what’s best for the kids in Roane County,” Board Member Frank Mee said.   
    However, Mee reminded board members that one of the reasons Harriman Middle School’s new gym is being built with bleachers on only one side is because board members said they didn’t want to go over budget on the project.

  • Newspaper's website user-friendly

    An all-new community website was introduced Monday by the Roane County News.
    The new site, roanecounty.com, now contains all of the local material from the printed newspaper, as well as many added features, including videos and slideshows from area news and sports events.
    Readers may participate in forums about area news and sports topics, provide comments on stories from the newspaper, vote in an opinion poll, and even nominate their pet to be the Pet of the Week.