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Today's News

  • School board gives Aytes $14,500 bonus

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes received a $14,500 bonus last year.

    His contract with the Board of Education calls for a bonus each year, with the amount not to exceed $15,000.

    The 2012-13 school year was Aytes first as director of schools. His bonus is based on the school board’s evaluation of his performance.

    Aytes’ base salary was $110,250, but his total compensation for the year was $126,250.

  • First woman to serve on Rockwood council dies

    The first woman to serve on Rockwood City Council died at her home Sunday.

    Katherine Irene Allen Albertson of Harriman was appointed to fill the term of her husband, John Henry Albertson Jr., upon his death, said Arvel McNelly, a former Rockwood mayor and longtime member of Rockwood Planning Commission.

    “He died of cancer,” McNelly remembered. “He was on there about two years. The council appointed her to fill out his term. She didn’t run” afterward.

  • KINGSTON: Grant leftovers for Gallaher Road?

    With leftover grant and loan money from a previous project sitting dormant, Kingston City Council members are looking to ensure economic development along the  Gallaher Road corridor with increased water capacity.

    At an early April work session, Council placed a motion to consider how to spend around $780,000 in combined leftover grant and loan funds on the agenda for the full council session on April 8.

    The money is left from the Rockwood waterline interconnection project, which tied Kingston to Rockwood waterlines through Midtown.

  • Kingston holds Arbor Day event

     

    KAITLIN KEANE/Roane Newspapers
    Jason O’Shell with the Tennessee Department of Forestry, left, distributes some tree seedlings to Amanda Monore in the rain. The city of Kingston celebrated Arbor Day on Saturday, March 29, at the Roane Alliance Home and Garden Show at Fort Southwest Point. Tree seedlings of bald cypress, Southern red oak, black cherry and white pine were given away to anyone interested.

  • WINDPOWER

    One hundred and eight pinwheels were planted in front of the Roane County Courthouse last week in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

    Each pinwheel represents a Roane County child who was identified as a victim of abuse during the 2012-13 fiscal year.

    Chris Evans-Longmire, executive director of the Child Advocacy Center of the 9th Judicial District, said the even more troubling thing about that number is many more victims go unidentified.

  • Farmer OK’d three raises in final days

    Former Roane County executive Mike Farmer allowed raises to be granted for three employees less than a week before he had to leave office in 2010.

    Heather Stooksbury, who worked in purchasing, received a $3,200 raise.

    Jacque Coleman, who also worked in purchasing, received a $1,000 raise.

    “I have met with the county executive and he has authorized me to make the following adjustments in the purchasing budget with an effective date of Aug. 22, 2010,” purchasing agent Lynn Farnham said in an email to payroll clerk Linda Stooksbury.

  • Scammer claims to be officer at Rockwood

    A caller claiming to be from the Rockwood Police Department and telling people to send money is a scam being investigated by the department.

    Rockwood Police Department Chief Danny Wright said the department has received reports of a man claiming to be a Lt. John Davis from the Rockwood Police Department telling people either they missed a jury summons or have an outstanding warrant and instructing them to mail him a prepaid debit card for $486.13.

    Wright said no John Davis works for Rockwood Police Department.

  • Wamp: ‘Obamacare’ tactic childish

    Weston Wamp called Congressman Chuck Fleischmann childish for his recent “Unhappy Birthday Obamacare” campaign.

    “Sometimes they’ll talk about me being the young candidate,” Wamp said. “If he’s wishing a piece of legislation an unhappy birthday, I don’t know who the more immature candidate is,” he added.

    “It sounds like him.”

    March 23 marked the fourth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, often referred to as “Obamacare.”

  • Mitchell caps hot week with no-hitter

     

    Twenty-four hours after swatting a pair of home runs in a 10-4 victory over Fulton, Kingston’s Cody Mitchell pitched a no-hitter with 10 strikeouts at Stone Memorial.

    Mitchell was on top of his game throughout the contest and ran into trouble only once on the evening.

  • Randolph tosses no-hitter in sweep

     

    By JACE GREENE

    Roane Newspapers

    The Bears of Tellico Plains traveled Thursday to face the Harriman Blue Devils at Papermaker Field in a District 3-A doubleheader.