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  • Roane State working catching up financial aid paperwork

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A new software system has contributed to Roane State Community College’s delays in getting students their financial aid.

    In an attempt to catch up, Roane State Community College’s financial aid office closed last Thursday and Friday to focus on filing.

    To deal with the influx of paperwork, they have worked extra hours and hired four temporary employees, said Joy Goldberg, assistant vice president over the financial aid office.

  • Ruppe, Yager on the campaign trail

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    State senate candidates Ken Yager and Becky Ruppe have been making the rounds to cozy up to voters throughout the 12th District.

    On Thursday they attended a candidates forum at Luminary United Methodist Church in Ten Mile.

    The candidates discussed their backgrounds and made the case why they should be the district’s next senator.

    “I think I’ll be a good voice for this district,” Ruppe touted.

    “I’m qualified for this job because of my experience,” Yager said.

  • Harriman police arrest three

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Harriman police have found two meth-lab makings this month.

    The most recent was Monday, when Harriman police found a lab that was in the middle of cooking.

    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said they went to the house at 824 Unaka St. with a tip that they would find a stolen vehicle there. They found the vehicle and the active meth lab

  • Roane High principal under fire

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Tyler Overstreet's term on the Roane County Board of Education ended in August.

    Less than a week after the term expired, Overstreet and his wife filed a complaint against the board in Roane County Chancery Court.

    The Overstreets filed the complaint on Sept. 2 on behalf of their daughter.

  • Proud, sad day in Harriman

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    It was a somber celebration Sunday when crowds gathered at Harriman Riverfront Park to remember those who died in law enforcement.

    Hundreds stood in the bright sun, wiping away sweat — and the occasional tear — as the Roane County Law Enforcement Memorial was dedicated.

    “It has been a two-year labor of love for everyone involved,” said Harriman Patrolman Jess Rittenhouse.

  • Patton hearing: Assault charges or reputations?

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Area lawmen testified in an investigative Tuesday afternoon that Roane County Constable Mark Patton told them he will damage the reputations of several area officials if assault charges against him are not dropped.

  • Witnesses recall alleged Patton abuse

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Witnesses on Tuesday detailed a pattern of intimidation and unlawful conduct by Roane County Constable Mark Patton.

    The testimony came during an investigative hearing conducted by District Attorney General Russell Johnson and County Attorney Tom McFarland. The two are considering filing an ouster suit against Patton, and they deposed several witnesses Tuesday morning at Johnson's office.

  • School drug testing policy stays intact

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    The Roane County Board of Education didn’t budge on its policy of random drug testing for student athletes at Thursday night’s meeting.

    If some of the comments made is any indication, it might take a lot more than threats from the American Civil Liberties Union to get the board to budge.

    “I supported that policy, and I’m not going to change my mind on that policy until the law shows me it’s different,” board member Mike “Brillo” Miller said.

  • Ex-Wellington Place employee accused of making bomb threat

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Kingston police have arrested a former Wellington Place employee they believe called in a bomb threat to the assisted-living facility on Aug. 30.

    Krystal Webb, 26, of Kingston, was taken to Roane County Jail around 12:30 p.m. Friday after officers of the Kingston Police Department picked her up at her home.

    Police Chief Jim Washam said Webb has admitted to making the call as a prank.

    Webb is charged with facilitating a bomb threat, Washam said.

  • REU passes on TVA hike

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Starting Oct. 1, Rockwood Electric Utility customers will see a significant increase in their monthly bills.

    Last month, TVA announced about a 20-percent rate increase in electricity passed on to utility companies.

    On Tuesday, the REU board approved passing the increase on to its customers.

    According to General Manager Kendall Bear, customers will see an increase of $14.20 a month per 1,000 kilowatt hours used.

    “We hate it for our customers,” Bear said.