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  • New school policies adopted

    Attendance can no longer play a role in a student’s grades, passing of a course or promotion or retention.

    This is just one of several policy changes approved on first reading at the December meeting of the Roane County Board of Education.

    And effective beginning the spring semester, student TCAP scores for grades three through eight shall comprise 15 percent of students’ final grades in math, reading/language arts, science and social studies.

  • Gerald Largen's remarkable largess

    Santa wasn’t good to you this year?
    Well, hold on a minute — you’ve got another gift coming.
    How about 112 beautiful rural acres with about a mile and a quarter of level lakeshore, a couple of quiet coves, woods, open fields and botanical treasures both native and exotic.
    It’s yours — or soon will be.

  • Kingston vs. Harriman dispute makes way to court

    The Kingston and Harriman fight over Midtown turf may be winding down.
    Both cities’ attorneys will present their arguments  to the Tennessee Supreme Court in Knoxville on Jan. 5.
    Kingston held a successful special election allowing voters in the affected area to decide whether to join the city.
    Harriman said it had a preemptive claim to the land.
    Harriman City Council recently approved requesting the county to reconvene the urban growth committee, the name given to the committee discussing annexation.

  • Midtown territory feud puts growth talk on hold

    A legal fight between two Roane County cities could hold up other efforts to expand city boundaries.
    On Dec. 20, Roane County Executive Ron Woody received a request from the city of Harriman to reconvene the urban growth committee, which must meet to consider expansion efforts.
    Harriman and Kingston are involved in litigation over territory in Midtown after rival annexation attempts.
    The sides are scheduled to make arguments before the Tennessee Supreme Court on Jan. 5, but it could be months before the court renders a decision. 

  • A nip and a tuck
  • Text-happy county employees run up hefty bill

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody has instituted new cell phone policies for employees under his supervision.

    One  policy will require employees to provide their boss with the time and date of each call, business purpose of each call and an explanation of the business relationship with all participating parties of each call.

    The employee will also have to reimburse the county for personal calls, text messages and data usage.

  • Haslam taps Jim Henry for new state post

    Governor-elect Bill Haslam has appointed Kingston resident Jim Henry the first commissioner of the newly formed Tennessee Department of Intellectual Disabilities.

    The agency was formerly a division of the Department of Finance and Administration before the Tennessee General Assembly made it a state department, and it will become official Jan. 5.

  • GET PACKING: Shipping still busy after Dec. 25

    You name it, chances are The UPS Store in Pinnacle Pointe has shipped it this holiday season.  

    “Clothing, electronics, toys, candy, cookies, a little bit of everything,” owner Claudette Coulombe said. “Anything you would expect to get for Christmas, we’re shipping it. Lots of toys.”

    The store has been swamped leading up to Christmas. Coulombe said Monday was so busy they could hardly find time to take a break.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Blue Christmas ... or Bluegrass Christmas

    The heartwrenching songs of Christmas used to really tug at my heart.

    You know — the ones with lyrics like, “I’ll be home for Christmas ... if only in my dreams” or “I’ll have a blue Christmas without you.”

    That’s because I lived those songs for many years. I’ve lost count of the number of Christmases I could not get “home” to my relatives because of my work situation and my distance away from the rest of my family.

  • County audit comes with tips for change

    There was no findings on the state’s latest audit of Roane County.
    However, the state’s Division of County Audit did make a suggestion.
    “Roane County does not have an audit committee,” the state wrote. “Sound business practices dictate that establishing an audit committee would significantly improve management oversight and accountability. The absence of an audit committee has been a management decision by the county commission.”