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  • County official clocked at nearly 100 mph vexed about speeding ticket

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham was ticketed for speeding on Interstate 40.

    Then she seemed irked that she was being given a ticket, according to a report by Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Joshua Currier.

  • Election official makes plea to keep staff

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Two Democrat and one Republican votes and Tony Brown might be able to stay on as Roane County’s Administrator of Elections.

    “But I don’t think that’s going to happen,” Brown said.

    The five-member Roane County Election Commission is about to flip from three Democrats and two Republicans to three Republicans and two Democrats.

  • Four hurt in Midtown crash

    Four people were injured Monday night in a headon collision near the entrance to the Roane County Ambulance Service on Hwy. 70, Midtown.

  • School bus in fatal accident; no students hurt

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    An Oliver Springs man was killed and at least four others were injured in a traffic accident involving a Roane County school bus on Hwy. 61 near Oliver Springs Tuesday morning.

    Kenneth Collins was dead on the scene of the early morning crash, said Trooper Rodney Redmon of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

    Witnesses told authorities a pickup truck heading east on Hwy. 61 crossed the center line and struck the bus head on, Redmon said.

  • Proposed election board changes announced

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    James R. Ryans is already involved in public service as a member of Roane County’s Board of Public Utilities.

    Now he has a chance to serve the county in a political capacity after his appointment to the Roane County Election Commission.     

    The state announced the appointees on Monday.

    Ryans said Republican state Sen. Ken Yager asked him a couple of months ago if he was interested in serving.  

  • Legislators defend measures

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    eejraymond@roanecounty.com

    State legislators representing Roane County defended a pair of environmental measures last week that have landed them criticism.

    Rep. Dennis Ferguson and Sen. Ken Yager, who met with residents at Kingston Community Center Thursday to listen to concerns, also said they had made alteration to the proposed legislation.

  • Commissioners may get constable power

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The decision on whether to abolish the office of constable in Roane County could rest with the people.

    At least that’s the way one legislator would like to see it.

    “I’ve advised the commission of this,” state Sen. Ken Yager said. “Since we are talking about elected officials, we are looking into the possibility of having a ratification by the people in the next election. That is something that’s been looked at.”

  • Gun found in Oakdale School

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

        Director of Schools Mike Davis confirmed on Friday that a gun had been found in a student’s backpack at Oakdale School.

        “As far as we know there was no intended target. It appears that the student just wanted to prove they could get away with it,” Davis said.

  • Three high schools searched for drugs

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Drug searches at Harriman, Oliver Springs and Rockwood high schools netted a handful of drug charges Friday morning.

    District Attorney Russell Johnson said the most significant find was at Harriman High School, where dogs located a small amount of marijuana separately bagged in the vehicle of a juvenile male.

    “It appeared to be separately bagged for the purpose of resale,” Johnson said.

  • Former Roane Countian named to White House post

    STAFF REPORTS  

    A Roane County native will help President Barack Obama in his efforts to fix the nation’s health care crisis.

    This week, the president introduced Nancy-Ann DeParle as the director of the White House Office for Health Reform.  

    “I’m really honored to be asked by President Obama to be part of his team working to lower costs and provide health care insurance and better quality to all Americans,” she said from the East Room of the White House.