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  • Qualls no stranger to Roane in search for school director

    A familiar face will help the Roane County Board of Education in its search for a new director of schools.

    Toni McGriff, the current director, is retiring, effective June 30.

    The board voted 9-1 to hire Wayne Qualls to act as facilitator in the search for her replacement at the Jan. 19 meeting.

    Qualls, a former state commissioner of education, helped the board in its last search for a school director.

  • Cleaning up after the rain

    Rockwood Street Department workers Ricky Stegall, left, and Mike Edwards clean debris from around a drain at South Gateway Avenue and Rathburn Street.

    The men attended to the task around town after a recent bout of rain to ensure that all street drains were clear of branches, leaves and other matter.

    The Rathburn drain was their final stop on this particular day.

  • Bolling vacating OS post

    Oliver Springs city manager David Bolling will be leaving his position in mid-February.

    Judge Joe Van Hook said Bolling made the announcement at the Oliver Springs Board of Alderman on Jan. 19.

    Bolling’s last day will be Feb. 17. He is leaving for another position.

    Comment from Bolling was not available at press time.

  • Wading right in

    “I’m walking on water,” Thackery Porter exclaims while traipsing around Kingston City Park’s flooded boat dock area with his uncle, Mike Torrans, on Friday afternoon.
    Water spilled over various docks and over the banks of Watts Bar Lake, including at Kingston’s Gravel Pit area, due to the previous day’s steady rainshowers.  

  • Enthusiastic Eaton top lawman for 2011

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office top brass picked a familiar recipient for its 2011 officer of the year award.

    The honor went to Larry Eaton, who also received the award in 2009.

    “I was very appreciative of it,” he said, “but at the same time, I want to share it with the other deputies because we’re all fellow officers and we all get out here and do the job.”

  • Top teacher understated, worthy

    Bowers Elementary School first-grade teacher Christy Ruskey was understated when she spoke at this month’s Roane County Board of Education meeting.
    That didn’t fool some people.
    Educators who know Ruskey said she does stand out and deserves recognition. She received her National Board Certification last year, and was honored for it at the meeting.  
    “That’s because of her own feelings of ‘I’m not great, I’m not one that gets recognition,’” Director of Schools Toni McGriff said.

  • Rockwood moves ahead on its Interstate 40 mission

    Rockwood City Council approved a committee to begin working with the state for approval for an interchange and connector road to Rockwood Street from state Hwy. 299.
    The route would replace the old Airport Road, the present roadway down the mountain from Interstate 40’s Exit 340, which has been unstable due to mining activity in the region.
    While officials are supportive, they are also wary of getting too optimistic.
    “I certainly have my doubts it will happen. I certainly would hope we could get it,” said Council member Pete Wright.

  • Ethics charges against Peggy Evans dismissed

    The ethics complaint filed against Rockwood Vice Mayor Peggy Evans has been dismissed.
    Both outgoing recorder Jim Hines, who filed the complaint, and Evans say it was a technicality that led to the dismissal by Oliver Springs Judge Joe Van Hook.
    “It never even got to the deposition stage, and the rightness or wrongness of the charges was not even considered,” Hines said.
    Van Hook said he felt the city council didn’t comply with the code of ethics.

  • Roane gets TDEC grant for used oil

    The state is giving out $189,550 in used motor oil collection grants.
    Of the 15 counties set to benefit from the funds, Roane County is receiving the second highest allotment at $24,600.
    According to a press release from the Tennesssee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennesseans who change their own motor oil produce more than 1 million gallons of used oil every year.
    If not properly disposed, the oil can have a negative impact on the environment. 

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