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  • Despite nasty weather, school buildings OK

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said the system managed to avoid any major maintenance issues during the streak of bad weather that kept students out of school for two weeks last month.

    “We had some guttering issues at Dyllis Springs Elementary,” he said. “We had a pipe to freeze at Cherokee Middle School.”

    Aytes said some buildings also experienced leaky roofs.

  • State offers financing to upgrade OS wastewater

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Oliver Springs is receiving $3.458 million for wastewater treatment plant improvements.

    The 20-year loan deal with the state is a $3.215 million loan with an interest rate of 0.68 percent and $242,060 in principal forgiveness — money that will not have to be repaid.

  • Sheriff on track with crime reports

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is back in good standing with the TBI on the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System.

    In a letter dated Feb. 25, TBI Director Mark Gwyn notified Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton that his office has met the requirements for re-certification for data submission to the TIBRS program.

  • TVA Watts Bar to be topic at open house

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has scheduled an open house and poster session on March 17 to discuss the agency’s assessment of the Watts Bar nuclear power plant’s Unit 1 during 2014.

    The plant, operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority, is near Spring City, about 60 miles southwest of Knoxville and about 25 miles south of Rockwood.

    The open house and poster session will begin at 6 p.m. in Athens Comfort Inn at 2811 Decatur Pike.

  • STATE TAKEOVER

    By PHYLLIS McLAUGHLIN

    For Roane County News

    The Roane County Commission approved a plan Monday to move funds from the county property assessor’s budget to pay for the Tennessee Comptroller’s takeover of the county’s reassessment process.

  • AMAZING GRACE

    Joshua, left, and Isaiah Snipes light a candle during last week’s Space for Grace service at Rockwood First Christian Church. “It is our special prayer service during the season of Lent,” Pastor Kara Foster said. The service was a way for members to find rest and quiet while spending time in prayer. Candles were lit as a symbol of a prayer request, along with Communion and Scripture. The Lord’s Prayer was the closing.

  • All snowed out and no days to go

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County Schools used its final snow day last Thursday.

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes said advice from the National Weather Service determined his decision, which he announced shortly after 4 a.m.

    “At 4 o’clock this morning, it was sleeting in the very western end of Roane County,” Aytes said after making his decision early Thursday.

    “The National Weather Service told us it was a much higher chance that we were going to get sleet and ice.”

  • Drug court goes to Commission for the go-ahead

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson and General Sessions Court Judge Dennis Humphrey are expected to attend Monday’s Roane County Commission meeting to request support for their drug court proposal.

  • Attorney deems no conflict for Berry on board

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    District 1 County Commissioner Ron Berry stepped down from the Cable TV Committee last month after District 2 Commissioner Greg Ferguson questioned if he had a conflict of interest.

    “I certainly don’t need a conflict of interest serving on the Cable TV Committee,” Berry said.

    Berry owns BBB Communications, which has a contract with Comcast.

    Ferguson asked County Attorney Greg Leffew to look into the matter.

  • Release of pill mill ringleader no surprise to Roane sheriff

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    John Wesley Goss’ release from custody didn’t come as a surprise to one local law enforcement official.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said he expected it, considering the circumstances.

    Goss has cancer and an estimated three months to live.

    Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan ordered Goss released last week pending sentencing, which is scheduled for March 27.