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Today's News

  • County employee bonuses approved

    Elected officials will be allowed to grant employee bonuses.
    The Roane County Commission passed the resolution allowing them to do so on Monday.
    The vote was 15-0, but the resolution did spark some discussion.
    The County Executive’s Office calculated $375 for each permanent part-time worker – someone who works a minimum of 1,000 hours a year – and $750 for each full-time employee.
    However, the bonuses are discretionary, meaning an elected official can choose to give some employees more and others less.

  • Expert to speak at joint meeting

    A consultant is expected to speak during a Roane County Commission/Board of Education public workshop on Thursday.
    Wesley Robertson is with the County Technical Assistance Service and was the executive director of local finance for the Tennessee Department of Education.
    Roane County Executive Ron Woody called Robertson an expert on the Basic Education Program.
    “He was the one that was running the BEP formula,” Woody said.

  • Judge: Leon playing delay game

    Leon Houston’s latest effort to get rid of an attorney failed last week.
    “The court is beginning to discern a pattern of the defendant seeking to delay his trial once it draws near,” U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. said in an order filed Sept. 6.
    Two previous trial dates in Houston’s case have been postponed. For the moment, the Sept. 24 trial date is still set.

  • Osprey gets second chance

    The waters that are the lifeblood for Watts Bar Lake’s many ospreys almost took the life of one of the birds last month.
    It took a cooperative effort to save the youngster.
    Larry Steidle of Blue Springs Marina was working when he happened to see an exhausted young fledgling poke its head from the water.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... at Buckingham Palace!

    Passports were required for the Roane County News’ next vacation stop — London’s Buckingham Palace.

    Parker McCullough of Rockwood and Alivia Shasteen of Tullahoma took the newspaper to Great Britain for their University of Tennessee studying abroad program.

    Planning a vacation? Take your Roane County News along and pose with it to be included in an upcoming issue. Be sure to tell us where you — and the News — traveled for a break and photo.

  • It’s Voter Registration Month in Tennessee

    Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett joins the Roane County Election Commission in reminding area residents that September is National Voter Registration Month.

    Hargett is working with Roane County election officials to make eligible voters aware of registration deadlines and requirements, as well as encouraging already registered voters to update their current registration if they have recently changed their address.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Sept. 11

    25 Years Ago

  • Exchange student visits Kingston Rotary

    Henriette “Jette” Wenzl, center, a Rotary Youth Exchange student from Germany, is welcomed to a recent Kingston Rotary Club meeting by Rotary International District 6780 Outbound Youth Exchange Chairman Bill Nichols and Kingston Rotary Club President Suzanne Horsfall.

    Wenzl, a student at Webb School of Knoxville, spoke to the club about her home country, her family and her initial impressions about the East Tennessee area.

  • Give blood at Harriman drive for annual Florida competition

    The week of Sept. 16 marks a busy week for fans of both the Tennessee Volunteers and the Florida Gators.

    That’s the week of the eighth annual Tennessee vs. Florida blood drive competition in which fans of the University of Tennessee take on fans of the University of Flor-ida.

    “This friendly competition helps us increase our inventory and have fun with the football rivalry at the same time,” said Christi Fightmaster of Medic public relations.

  • The Garden Gate: Pears, apples give us a taste of fall

    Pears have a venerable history that goes back for 35-40 centuries.

    Originating in western Asia and in the area around the Caspian Sea, pears have been known in Europe as far back as the Stone Age.

    Homer, writing in Greece about 580 B.C., calls this fruit “the gift of the gods.” He lists pears among the fruits in his own garden.

    Some centuries later, Theophrastus, Plato and Pliny recorded many varieties of pears. They gave lengthy descriptions of methods of grafting and pruning as early as 200 B.C.