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  • Positive outlook inspires coach, family

    As Roane County High School senior Ethan Guinn prepares for the biggest battle of his life in the fight against cancer, he has shown the amazing ability to do so with a smile on his face while maintaining a positive outlook on life.

    That positive outlook is proving inspirational to those who know the 17-year-old.

  • Stinnett interim Rockwood police chief

    Former Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett has been named interim police chief by Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

    Stinnett began his official duties as interim chief Wednesday, Feb. 1, one day after the retirement of former Police Chief Danny Wright.

    Stinnett had served as police chief for 10 years, just prior to Wright’s three and 1/2 years of service in the same role. During Wright’s tenure, Stinnett was chief deputy, and second in command.

  • Property owners would feel brunt of funding new school

    Since Roane County doesn’t have money in the bank to build a new high school, the funding to pay for such a project will most likely be generated from a property tax rate increase.

    “I don’t see how you could do it without one,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    The Roane County Board of Education met with an architectural firm during a retreat last month and discussed building new schools. No votes were taken.

  • Police investigating Rockwood armed robbery

    Rockwood police are investigating an armed robbery at a home at 537 S. Kingston Ave. on Saturday, Jan. 28.

    Rockwood Officer Kendall Mitchell’s report said the victims told police the unknown suspect got away with prescription medication that included 90 15-milligram Oxycodone tablets and 30 15-milligram Oxymorphone tablets. The victims told police the suspect also took $100 in cash.

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  • Roane awarded $50,000 TDEC grant

    Roane County is the recipient of a $50,000 Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation grant for truck scales to help reduce landfill waste in Tennessee and move materials to the best highest use.

    The grant, which requires a 50-percent match from the county, was among more than $2 million grants the state distributed for recycling equipment, recycling rebates and used oil.

    “This grant program encourages

    and supports local communities to meet their solid waste and recycling goals,” said TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau.

  • Yager pumped about possible gas-tax revenues

    State Sen. Ken Yager favors Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to raise the state’s fuel tax rate, lower sales tax on food and adjust other revenue sources.

    The plan proposes a road user fee of 7 cents per gallon of gas and 12 cents per gallon of diesel. It would also increase car registration fees by $5 for the average passenger vehicle, place annual road user fees on electric vehicles and increase charges on vehicles using alternative fuels.

    It also includes a 3 percent charge on rental cars.

  • From the COUNTY: How far can we move the needle?

    By Ron Woody

    The buzz around the Courthouse and Board of Education has been what will our leaders do about the future of education in Roane County?

    The initial discussions were about consolidation of high schools with an acceptable debate change to: What should the delivery of future education services look like?

    I applaud both the school board, the County Commission and the public for focusing the discussion on the future of education and not on consolidation.

  • FIVE High schools and scenarios

    The Roane County Board of Education last weekend got a refresher on potential construction and consolidation plans for the county’s high schools.

    Lewis Group Architects presented the board with five scenarios last year. It went over those scenarios again during the board’s retreat at Roane State Community College on Saturday.

    Scenario 1 calls for keeping Midway and Oliver Springs and combining Harriman, Roane County High and Rockwood into one new school.

  • Million dollar sewer break

    Repair of a major sewer line break that occurred in Rockwood Jan. 14 will likely cost more than $1 million.

    Kim Ramsey, general manager of Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas, reported on the leak during Rockwood City Council’s regular monthly meeting last week.