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  • Mayors tout unity at conference

    More help could be on the way for rural communities like Roane County when it comes to economic development.

    During an economic development conference at Roane State Community College last week, Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd announced the creation of a rural development task force.

    “We can’t do this alone,” Boyd said. “Rural development isn’t an ECD issue. It’s multi-task, it’s holistic, it takes the entire community and the entire state to come together.”

  • Harriman seeing results of work on student improvement

    Harriman High School faculty have worked hard to see their students at all skill levels get ahead.

    They’ve shown how hard they’ve worked on progress by getting a Level 5 on the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System.

    The system measures the impact schools and teachers have on student growth, not proficiency on assessments.

    “Our kids have really worked hard and are going to continue to do so,” said Principal Scott Calahan.

    He said teachers are working hard to help pull students along.

  • No applications for Eblen judge’s seat

    Applications apparently aren’t pouring in for the 9th Judicial District criminal court judge seat.

    “I am told the Council has not received any applications yet,” Michele Wojciechowski, director of communications for the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts, said last week.

    The criminal court judge seat has been held by E. Eugene Eblen since 1978. He is retiring at the end of the year.

    The Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments began accepting applications for the seat on July 28.

  • STEM program at Harriman

    Harriman High School now is offering more science-related courses this school year.

    “We have a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program started this year. We are trying to follow Kingston high schools and build out program. Our ultimate goal is to either have our kids ready for college or ready for the job market,” said Principal Scott Calahan.

    Harriman’s STEM program is just one of the ways Roane County Schools is gradually expanding course offerings in the county.

  • Gala gears up for 2nd Roane run

    It’s time to celebrate Roane County once again.

    The Roane Alliance will roll out the red carpet on Oct. 17 at Volkswagen Group of America in the Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

    “Join us as we bring this celebration home again,” said Wade Creswell, The Roane Alliance’s president and CEO.

  • Commissioner Greg Ferguson DUI charge dismissed

    At the recommendation of District Attorney General Russell Johnson, the DUI charge against Roane County Commissioner Greg Ferguson was dismissed on Monday.

    In Tennessee, the legal limit for alcohol is .08. TBI test results showed that Ferguson’s alcohol level was below that when State Trooper Alexander Evans arrested him for DUI on March 2.

    “I was not intoxicated, and the tests prove it,” Ferguson wrote in a prepared statement that he handed out after Monday’s hearing.

  • FOUR BROTHERS CALLED, FOUR BROTHERS RETURN

    The Wright family sent four brothers off to World War II — and they saw them all come back.

    Sam and Nora Wright saw sons Howard, Houston, Ralph and Clyde off to fight. All four returned after the war, with Ralph suffering a shrapnel injury on Normandy Beach.

    The years since have claimed three of those Wright brothers, with only Clyde surviving today to share his war memories.

    Though he just celebrated his 90th birthday, he tells a detailed description of what he did in the Pacific.

  • Assessments complete, but barbs continue

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said he’s warned those at the Property Assessor’s Office to watch what’s being said about him to the public.

    The issue has to do with the 2015 reappraisal.

    The assessor’s office is holding informal hearings with property owners who are unhappy or have issues about their new assessments.  

    “They’re saying it would have been all right, but Ron Woody caused it,” Woody said.

  • Assessments complete, but barbs continue

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said he’s warned those at the Property Assessor’s Office to watch what’s being said about him to the public.

    The issue has to do with the 2015 reappraisal.

    The assessor’s office is holding informal hearings with property owners who are unhappy or have issues about their new assessments.  

    “They’re saying it would have been all right, but Ron Woody caused it,” Woody said.

  • Struck bridge going down to one lane for repairs

    The traveling’s tight on the narrow bridge on Caney Creek Road.

    It’s about to be even tighter — a least for a few days.

    Roane County Road Department is closing one lane of travel on the bridge to repair railing damaged when a vehicle crashed into it last week.

    “We’ll probably be working all day from 8:30 to about 5 o’clock,” Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said Friday.

    “It’ll probably take two or three days — and might take longer.”