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Today's News

  • Class-ranking policy to include dual enrollment

    A revised class ranking policy could be in effect when Roane County students return to school next month.

    The Board of Education approved a revision on first reading at its May meeting.

    It wasn’t approved on second reading in June, however, because board members were concerned that it didn’t address students who take dual enrollment courses.

    The board did approve a revision at its July 16 meeting that school officials say addresses dual enrollment students, advanced placement students and middle college students.

  • No furlough for man who pleaded guilty to burglary

    John Mark Moore didn’t garner any sympathy from Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen on Friday.

    After pleading guilty to seven crimes in Roane County Criminal Court, Moore’s attorney requested a furlough on his behalf.

    “He has a number of things that he needs to do before he goes for this lengthy penitentiary sentence,” defense attorney Joshua Headrick said.

  • Musical expression taught at theater camp

    Morrison Hill Christian Church’s weeklong musical theater camp took place earlier this month.

    The play “Make It Loud” was put together by the children’s ministries director Adrienne Schaffer.

    “They are learning the songs, script and the meaning behind the play.” Schaffer said. “Not to be ashamed of telling other people about Jesus.”

    The campers come in not knowing anything and are able to perform at the end of the week in front of their friends and family.

  • Paving in Rockwood budget for 2015-16

    Rockwood’s 2015-16 city budget includes $125,000 for paving.

    The City Council approved the budget on first reading Thursday.

    Part of the paving is offset by $35,785 in disaster relief the city received last fiscal year.

    Paving itself is one reason why Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller wanted to get moving on the budget. He said the city could be cut in on a deal Roane County Road Department got on paving and get asphalt for much cheaper than if they went out later. The Road Department is using Rogers Group.

  • Harriman officials eye lot for farmers market downtown

    The demolition and cleanup at the old Miller & Brewer building site by Roane County holds some promise for Harriman’s goal of having a farmers market downtown.

    City officials have been waiting on utilizing a grant they received for a farmers market pavilion so they could see what becomes of that property.

    “If timing allowed, we wanted to see what developed at those locations to see if they could somehow tie into the farmers market being relocated downtown,” said manager Kevin Helms.

  • Water main break floods Kingston bank

    A water line break on Third Street in Kingston disrupted service and flooded the Regions Bank Wednesday evening. Kingston police and city water department workers responded to the incident.

    Crews worked well after dark to get it fixed.

    “We had several people out of water before we could get it shut down and isolated so we could fix it,” said Kingston water and sewer superintendent Mike Jolly. “It was about 2 o’clock this (Thursday) morning when we got everybody back.”

  • Powers pleads guilty in deputy shooting case

    Christopher Powers has pleaded guilty to a Feb. 9 assault on Sheriff's Deputy John Mayes.

    Criminal Court Judge Eugene Eblen sentenced Powers to 13 years in prison on Friday morning.

    His sentence is a culmination of charges related to this incident and two other cases.

    Powers was shot several times by Mayes as he aimed his car toward Mayes in a chase that ended on Airport Road. Mayes was cleared of any wrongdoing in the case.

    Read Monday's issue of the Roane County News or visit RoaneCounty.com for more on this development.

  • Downtown fire cleanup back on

    Harriman residents can soon breathe a sigh of relief.

    Roane County is ready to proceed with demolition of what is left of the Miller & Brewer department store building after the estate of a former owner released the personal property this week.

    “He (an attorney for the estate) has signed over that the estate is not interested in any of the personal property,” said County Executive Ron Woody.

    The bid has been awarded, and the contractor is working on bonds for the project.

  • More charges for Swan Pond vandal suspect

    The man accused of vandalizing the Swan Pond Baptist Church cemetery picked up more charges last weekend.

    Kevin Delaney Limburg was arrested for DUI on July 18. When he got to the Roane County Jail, the intake officer reported finding a marijuana pipe and grinder in his bag, which led to a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Limburg, 42, is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 21.

  • Youngsters explore HFD truck