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  • SCHOOL PLAN PRICE TAG $68 MILLION

    The Roane County Commission could vote in the coming months on how to pay for a $68 million plan that would combine three high schools and shuffle around other schools.

    School officials and Lewis Group Architects revealed the plan to County Commissioners and the public during a work session at Roane State Community College on Tuesday.

    “This isn’t the end,” Commission Chairman Ron Berry said. “This is just the beginning.”

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Local echoes of St. Mary’s, MD, school shooting

    This week, gentle reader, my major topic is of a more restricted interest than usual, in that it addresses my family’s history.

    However, since it necessarily encompasses a goodly portion of the native Roane County population, it may, in fact concern you, gentle reader, for there are so many of you who have in your family tree the Ladd brothers who came to this county and settled early in the second decade of the Nineteenth Century.

  • More suing ash spill contractor

    Another lawsuit has been filed over the TVA ash spill cleanup. This one, which includes more than 100 plaintiffs, was filed in Roane County Circuit Court.

    Jacobs Engineering Group, Rogers Group and EnSafe Engineering Services and EnSafe Inc. are named as defendants.

  • Court: Old toll road not public

    A Chancellor has ruled that Old Stage Road was abandoned decades ago.

    As such, the former 19th-century toll road near the Rhea County line is not a public road, Chancellor Elizabeth C. Asbury’s judgment declared.

    The dispute began when A. Julian Ahler, who owns property accessible by what eventually became a public road, filed suit against property owner Steve Scarborough and his wife Annie.

  • Morgan man serving time for tax evasion

    Morgan County businessman Joseph Armes II is serving his prison sentence at federal facility in Alabama.

    Earlier this year Armes was sentenced to 366 days by U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Phillips.

    According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Armes is incarcerated at a minimum security federal prison camp in Montgomery, the Alabama state capital. His projected release date is Jan. 10, 2019.

    Armes was involved in a conspiracy that defrauded the federal government of more than $1 million.

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  • Firefighters respond twice to blaze

    Harriman firefighters responded to the scene of a house fire twice within hours at a home at 118 Lakeview Church Lane.

    The home was heavily burned, but residents were able to get out uninjured and the Harriman Fire Department was able to get a couple of dogs safely out as well.

    “The first call was right around 8:30 p.m. Friday night. When the call came in, it came in the back porch of the residence was on fire,” said Harriman Fire Chief Brad Daniels.

  • Money to finish Expo Center in state budget

    State Sen. Ken Yager said he is pleased funding he proposed for the Henry/Stafford Agricultural Exposition Center at Roane State Community College is in the proposed supplemental budget amendment submitted by Gov. Bill Haslam.

    The amendment provides $300,000 to complete the center, which plays host to a wide variety of livestock and agricultural-related events every year.

    “This is great news,” said Yager, who filed an appropriations amendment in the Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee asking for funds to be provided for this purpose.

  • SPRINGTIME!