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  • National Guard ups bonus ante

    The Tennessee Army National Guard this week announced a new bonus policy that went into effect June 5.
    This policy has five different tiers of bonuses ranging from $5,000 all the way up to $15,000 for new enlistees.
    According to Lt. Col. Andy Easterly, Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion Commander, the incentives are designed to provide unit commanders the ability to fill critical positions in their units, further enhancing overall readiness.

  • Sights from this past weekend
  • Some epic voyages start out from Watts Bar Lake

    For some boaters, Watts Barr Lake is a popular weekend destination.

    For others, it can be a means to get somewhere else.

    Take Jim McKay of Ten Mile. He has launched his sailboat in Watts Bar and traveled all the way to Mobile Bay, Ala., on the Gulf of Mexico.

    McKay and his wife,  Cyndi, have also completed a long voyage on a route boaters know as the Great Loop.

  • Tribunal backs Kirkham in Woods unemployment case

    The day before J.T. Woods committed suicide outside the home of Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham, a hearing regarding his unemployment benefits was held in Knoxville. An appeals tribunal determined Woods should not have received unemployment benefits.
    The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development released records in the case on Monday.
    Woods was a former employee of Kirkham’s, and at the time of his suicide on May 31, a candidate against her in the property assessor’s race.

  • Assessor’s ex appeals reappraisal

    Business partners Steve Kirkham and Jerry Duncan may have to give up some proprietary information in the fight to have their 2010 property appraisals lowered. During a status conference at the Roane County Courthouse last Thursday, attorney Robert Lee said he wants to see any lease agreements on the properties that Kirkham and Duncan are appealing.

  • Ex director, Woody listed in lawsuit

    Sonya Brooks and Karen Human didn’t go quietly when they got laid-off from the Roane County Ambulance Department in January 2011.

    They showed up at the following month’s County Commission meeting, and Human had some strong comments about then ambulance director Gloria Wright.

    Over a year later Brooks and Human are still sore with some people for losing their jobs.

    The two are suing Wright, County Executive Ron Woody and Roane County Government in Circuit Court.

  • Armored truck joins sheriff fleet

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is better equipped to deal with a high risk situation thanks to the addition of an armored truck.

    Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said the security firm WSI Oak Ridge donated the vehicle to the sheriff’s office last week.
    “We’re grateful to have it,” he said.

    Unlike a patrol car, the used Ford F350 truck is supposed to withstand bullets. Phillips said it’s outfitted with armor plates and bullet-proof glass.

  • Office seekers stump at county commission mtg.

    The public is given an opportunity to speak at each Roane County Commission meeting. Most often people take the time to express grievances or concerns about things going on in the county, but sometimes it can become a platform for political hopefuls.

    That was the case in February when Kent Calfee, who is seeking the Republican nomination in House District 32, came before the commission.

    “If I’m elected, I’ll certainly be in Nashville to work for you all,” he said.

  • Harriman owned Kingston doc’s office to be leased

    It sits in Kingston, but Harriman owns a medical building it acquired after the contracts were signed to turn over Roane Medical Center operations to Covenant Health.

    Harriman officials will be deciding on a lease agreement for the facility at its meeting Tuesday. Currently Roane Medical Center Industrial Medicine is located at that building.

  • Keeping cool without the pool


    (L-R) Dakota Ratliff, Cheyenne Ratliff and Jonathan Boles enjoy the splash pad at Roane County Park last week. The splash pad is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.