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  • School leadership gets a makeover

    Midway Elementary School and Kingston Elementary School will have new principals next school year.

    Tim Thompson is leaving the principal position at Midway to take over at Kingston.

    “We're very excited about that transition,” Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said.

    Thompson took over as principal at Midway Elementary in 2012. He replaces Shelia Sitzlar as principal at Kingston.

  • TBR approves tuition increases

    From staff reports

    The Tennessee Board of Regents voted unanimously for a 2.6 percent tuition increase at community colleges and colleges of applied technology.

    The vote took place at the regular quarterly meeting of the board held Friday at Roane State Community College.

    Roane State president Chris Whaley said he was pleased the tuition hike was the smallest increase in 25 years.

    Community colleges are supported by both tuition and state funding, Whaley said.

  • Hinds wins big in math competition
  • Reichle honored for service to county board
  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Your opinion welcome here

    The Roane County News opinion page is reserved for topics of interest to those in the community.

    The opinion page publishes letters to the editor, staff written columns and columns that have been contributed by members of the community.

    The topics of most interest in the community are usually reflected in the volume of letters or opinions published on the opinion page. Last year one of the most popular topics was the boat slips at 58 Landing and the invasive weeds in Watts Bar Lake.

  • Riverfront gets playground, farmers market on its way

    Visitors to David Webb Riverfront Park will soon be able to enjoy all new playground equipment and shop for their favorite vegetables under the shade of a new farmers market pavilion.

    Prison labor from the Morgan County Correctional Complex started ripping out the old playground equipment at the park this week, and the new equipment may be in place as early as Monday.

    Another new piece will be installed later. On Tuesday, June 20, Harriman City Council approved the purchase of an $8,500 swing that city officials say children will love.

  • Commission considers adding Bournemouth Drive to road list

    Residents on Bournemouth Drive are still waiting for the Roane County Commission to decide if it will add the road to the county road list.

    The Road Committee has already voted to do so, but the Commission must also approve the measure.

    Road Committee Chairman Junior Hendrickson said he expected the Commission to vote on it at the June 12 meeting, but there was no vote because the resolution wasn’t on the agenda.

  • Pentecostal Lighthouse uses fireworks to serve

    Sometimes having fun on the Fourth of July and helping others go hand in hand.

    Pentecostal Lighthouse Church has been making that connection for more than 30 years using the proceeds from their Church Fireworks stands in Rockwood and Midtown to benefit those in and around Roane County.

    “The main thing we do is help Crossville Mission Bible Training Camp (CMBTC),” Pentecostal Lighthouse associate pastor Harlan McBride said. “CMBTC is a non-profit based Christian rehab center.

  • Tiger Haven goes to the dogs

    Tiger Haven is no longer home to just a big cat sanctuary. The facility in East Roane County is also operating a dog rescue called K9 Lifeline Rescue.

    “If y’all don’t want me to do it, I will stop,” operator Mary Lynn Haven told the Roane County Board of Zoning Appeals on Wednesday. “It’s just as simple as that.”

  • RPD confiscates $1,000 in meth

    Methamphetamine valued at $1,000 was seized during a traffic stop in Rockwood on June 16.

    The driver of the vehicle, John Allen Ashbaugh, is charged with manufacture, delivery, sale or possession of methamphetamine and simple possession or casual exchange.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Department Deputy Chief John Mayes observed a vehicle driving erratically on North Gateway Avenue.