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  • 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.

  • Nelson vows to finish her term on school board

    Kim Nelson said she plans to finish her term on the Roane County Board of Education.
    She was elected circuit court clerk earlier this month, and will take office on Sept. 1.
    Nelson was elected to the school board in 2008. She has two years remaining on a four-year term.
    “If it comes out that I can’t stay on, then I’ll have to give it up, but I want to try to finish my term,” she said.
    Angela Randolph, the current clerk, did not seek re-election.
    Nelson defeated Mona Gardner Wright and Bob Alford for the position.

  • Rockwood police find pipe bombs in home

    A Rockwood man is scheduled to appear in Roane County General Sessions Court next month on bomb-making charges.

    Brian Bashaw, 45, was arrested on Aug. 8 after police went to his home at 324 S. Chamberlain Ave. to serve him with a vandalism warrant.

    There, police said, they discovered five pipe bombs.