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  • No requirement to advertise for budget director

    When the budget director position became open last month, Roane County Executive Ron Woody said he did not consider advertising for the position.

    “For continuity of business, you never see corporations and their top-level management do many advertising of jobs,” he said.

    Kaley Walker served as the county budget director for nearly six years, but she was fired on Aug. 29.

    Woody said his office contacted Connie Aytes about the position a year ago when Walker got another job offer.

  • Ruritan Road work going to year’s end

    From staff reports

    It may be the end of the year before work on the widening project on Ruritan Road in South Harriman is complete.

    “They said they’d probably have all the traffic moving in the direction they need to be moving by the end of the year,” said Mayor Wayne Best.

    Best updated Harriman City Council last week about the information he recently gleaned from those involved with the project.

  • History-making meeting at historic landmark

    For Roane County Commissioner Junior Hendrickson, tonight’s County Commission meeting at the old courthouse is about more than nostalgia.

    Hendrickson serves on the Roane County Heritage Commission and, for him, the meeting is about awareness.

    “The old girl’s got some issues,” Hendrickson said, referring to the old courthouse.

    According to the Heritage Commission, the old courthouse was built in the 1850s and is one of only six antebellum courthouses remaining in Tennessee.

  • God bless the USA
  • Bond set for youth involved in shooting

    A panicking youth can be heard on a 911 call telling dispatchers he shot his sister’s boyfriend.

    The 911 call from the Aug. 28 shooting death of MarStratton Gordon was part of the testimony heard during Friday’s detention hearing for Jacob Kinney, the youth charged with delinquent second-degree murder in the case.

    “My sister and her boyfriend were in an argument, and a bunch of s--- just happened,” Kinney can be heard saying on the recording.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Both Students & taxpayers are being cheated

    Gentle reader, we have always felt that the readership of this column was composed, by and large, of devoted Roane Countians, concerned about their county and its citizens, as well as curious individuals also concerned about their country, their world, and the inhabitants thereof, but, first and foremost, about their home county, and their home folks, neighbors, and kin.

  • Youth charged in Harriman shooting may soon be out on bond

    A Harriman teen accused of delinquent second-degree murder may soon be free.

    General Sessions Judge Terry Stevens set Jacob Kinney's bond at $50,000 during a detention hearing Friday morning. Jacob Kinney's defense team, including attorneys Pat Cooley and Jim Smith, had asked for a $20,000 bond.

    “This family's resources have been stressed to the max,” said Smith.

    “I understand that, but considering all facts presented to the court I think that is appropriate bond,” said Stevens.

  • Rockwood chief wants Harriman job

    Harriman may soon have a police chief, and there is a good chance it will be someone from Roane County.

    Those who interviewed last week included Harriman Police Department employees Dan Schneider and Jason Joseph, as well as Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright.

    Also in the running were Derek Pacifico, who is now in Knoxville after retiring as sergeant from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office, and retired Crossville Police Department chief Rodney Shoap.

  • Into the groove
  • Harriman fills one Council seat

    One of the two vacancies on Harriman City Council is now filled.

    Mayor Wayne Best asked the Council to appoint Sam Russell, who sought a seat in the Aug. 4 city election. He received the fourth highest votes.

    “I’m just very glad Sam chose to run, and he’s going to be a welcome member of this Council,” said Councilman Chris Ahler.

    Russell’s term will be until the next city election in August 2018.