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  • Special tyke gets outside place to play

    “We were told she wouldn’t get to come home,” Kingston resident Royal Sampson of her now 5-year-old daughter, Klaire, the youngest of  five children.

    Born on Jan. 14, 2007, with a rare chromosome disorder, trisomy 14 mosaic, Klaire eats through a feeding tube, breathes through a tracheostomy tube, sleeps on a ventilator 15 hours a day and gets around by scooting on the ground.

  • Rockwood dismissal suits vice mayor

    Rockwood City Council passed a resolution concerning the dismissal of former finance officer Joby Lancaster at its  meeting Monday.

    For Vice Mayor Peggy Evans, Lancaster’s dismissal didn’t come soon enough.

    “I’m just sorry we didn’t do it three years ago,” Evans said, referring to the time frame that the problems with late payments to the IRS first started occuring.


    A joint resolution honoring Roane State Community College for being named among the nation’s best community colleges is on display at the college’s main campus in Roane County.

    Roane State was ranked 27th among the top 500 community colleges nationwide, according to a StateUniversity.com survey released in March.

    Senate Joint Resolution 669 by state Sen. Randy McNally, state Sen. Ken Yager and state Rep. Julia Hurley recognized the achievement.

  • Accusations fly in assessor’s race

    Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham is accusing one of her opponents of being “desperate for money” because of a slip-and-fall lawsuit he has pending in Circuit Court.

    David Morgan is one of four people challenging Kirkham in the August election.
    Morgan, who lives in a condo in the Villages of Center Farm subdivision, sued Rockwood Electric Utility and the cities of Rockwood and Kingston in 2007.

    According to the lawsuit, he was taking out his trash on March 1, 2006, when he fell from a curb.

  • Roane State groundbreaking in Oak Ridge

    Roane State Community College will host a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, June 5, for its new Allied Health Sciences and Technology Building at the college’s Oak Ridge campus.

    The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at the campus, 701 Briarcliff Ave. The public is invited.

  • Assessor candidate loses property to foreclosure

    Property owned by Roane County property assessor candidate Cheryl Laxton and her husband was foreclosed on by Citizens National Bank earlier this year.
    Laxton said she doesn’t think that should be a reflection on her ability to run the assessor’s office.
    “We were caught up in a downturn economy like so many other great people in Roane County,” she said.
    The property is located in Providence Place subdivision on Hwy. 58. Laxton said she and her husband purchased it in 2008 with plans to build mid-scale condos.  

  • Ex-Buckinghams singer to perform for the Princess

    The Princess Theatre Foundation is having another fundraising event, this time with entertainer Dennis Tufano, one-time lead vocalist for the Buckinghams.

    Tufano will appear at the downtown Harriman theater starting at 7 p.m. May 24.

    A flyer said he will be singing favorites such as “Kind of a Drag,” “Hey Baby, They Playing Our Song,” “Susan,” “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” “Don’t You Care” and “Back in Love Again.

  • Officials believe Dyllis Springs will be a cost-saving school

    Construction on the new Dyllis Springs Elementary School is coming along.

    “We’re hoping by the first of the (2012-13 school) year everything is cleared up, ready to go and we’re moving kids in to start teaching,” Roane County Board of Education Chairman Sam Cox said.

    Cox and other board members toured the school earlier this month.

    “I hope it will help us save money on utilities and so forth,” Cox said. “With money as tight as it is right now, that’s going to be very important.”

  • Embattled Rockwood administrator offers budget

    Rockwood Mayor James Watts’ proposed budget for 2012-13 eliminates Rockwood City Administrator Jack Miller’s job and calls for a 25-cent increase in the city’s tax rate.

    Miller, however, had previously made a budget proposal that would begin to solve the city’s dire financial straights but without quite the pinch to taxpayers. His suggestions were distributed to city officials prior to Watts’ proposal last week.

  • School board takes tax increase off the table

    Two things about the 2012-13 school budget bothered longtime Roane County Board of Education Member Mike “Brillo” Miller.

    One was some support employees were excluded from getting a 2-percent raise.

    The other was having to ask the Roane County Commission for a 6-cent property-tax rate increase to fund the budget.    

    Those two issues were addressed at last week’s board meeting. Miller made a motion to give all support employees a 2-percent raise and use $739,233 of surplus to balance the budget.