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  • ‘In God We Trust’ issue to come to commission vote

    The “In God We Trust” resolution appears headed for a vote at the July 14 Roane County Commission meeting.

    Sponsor Randy Ellis didn’t indicate a willingness to pull the resolution until the Aug. 11 meeting, which is after the election.

    “I don’t think we need to,” Ellis contended. “It’s not a political issue, so there’s no use to pull it.”

    Election Day is Aug. 7.

    Early voting is from July 18 to Aug. 2.

  • Stockton not coasting

    A month before the start of early voting, Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said he plans to stump hard in his quest for a third term.

    “We want to win, but we don’t underestimate our opponent by no means,” he said. “We take everyone serious that’s on the ballot.”

    Stockton faces Rockwood Police Department Patrolman Jared Hall in the race for sheriff. Both men were invited to participate in a forum hosted by the Roane County Tea Party on Thursday at the Kingston Community Center. The forum started after press time.

  • ‘Smart’ device school policy change expands

    A revised policy that will allow high school students to use tablets and smartphones during the school day was approved by the Roane County Board of Education on second reading this month.

    “It’s going to be great,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said. “It gives students more ownership of their environment and their education.”

  • Live band noise still too much

    There’s a clamor about noise again in the city of Kingston.

    The furor is coming from the same place that spurred a 2012 effort to tweak city noise ordinances.

  • No complaints about lights out

    Harriman officials have heard no complaints about street lights that were turned off on Ruritan Road.

    Officials had the fixtures covered with tape that keeps them from coming on at dark.

    “I hadn’t heard any complaints or feedback,” said Mayor Chris Mason.

    “I can’t tell any difference,” said Councilman J.D. Sampson, who proposed removal of the lights to save utility costs.

    Officials plan on keeping the tape up for a while.

  • Chilhowee Street apartment fire
  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: U.S. mustn’t meddle in Moslem muddle

    Erudite reader, you have no doubt read or heard at some length of the outrage recently perpetrated in the African nation of Nigeria where hundreds of schoolgirls were forcibly abducted from their schools by the armed Islamist terrorist group called Boko Haram.

  • Rockwood 2000 sets candidate forum

    Rockwood 2000 will have a public candidate forum at 6:30 p.m. July 10 in Rockwood City Hall.

    The purpose of this event is to introduce the public to candidates running in the Aug. 7 election for Tennessee House of Representatives, Roane County Commission District 1, Roane County Board of Education District 1, circuit court judge and sheriff in the August 7th Election.

    The public forum objective is informing as many people as possible the positions of each candidate.

    Candidates will be grouped according to the position for which they are running.

  • Rocky wants no hard-nosed sentencer

    Rocky Houston doesn’t want to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves.

    In a motion filed on June 15, Houston attorney Michael McGovern contends Reeves should recuse himself because of what he was exposed to during the trials and sentencing of Leon Houston, who is Rocky Houston’s older brother.

    Leon was tried in federal court for possession of firearms while under the influence of an illegal substance and using a telephone communication to threaten to kill Cleveland, Tenn., attorney James Logan.

  • TVA tracks at Swan Pond coming up

    As TVA’s ash spill cleanup winds down at the Kingston Fossil Plant in Swan Pond, an important element of effort is being removed.

    TVA will be taking up railroad tracks that cross the roadway near the plant. The rails were installed for the cleanup after the Dec. 22, 2008, spill.

    Much of Swan Pond Road will be closed on Monday, June 23, for the removal, which TVA is paying for.