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Today's News

  • Meet Midway's Junior Beta Club

    Midway Elementary School Principal Keevin Woody honors the school’s 2011 Junior Beta Club members.

    They are Kainen Stoner, Nicholas Bettis, Caitlyn Posa, Kiley Phillips, Rebecca Michaud, Jessica Michaud, David Lemasters, Shanda Hughes and Taylor Brantley.

  • Oliver Springs Elementary honor roll

    A Honor Roll

    Stevie Alcorn

    Laura Bannon

    Lilly Blair

    Taylor Boswell

    Taylor Bradshaw

    Shelby Brewer

    Cheyenne Brown

    Brandon Buck

    Linsday Buck

    Austin Byrge

    Johnathan Cate

    Joseph Chaston

    Savannah Clark

    Tabatha Comeaux

    Sydney Cornett

    Jacob Dameron

    Abigail Daugherty

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Debra K. Bryant, theft under $500 Dec. 10, 2009. Dismissed Oct. 25, cost to state.

    Robert L. Bodine, unlawful carrying of weapon Feb. 1, 2010. Traffic ticket paid Oct. 25.

    Darian Bohner, criminal trespassing and assault Feb. 27, 2010. Dismissed Oct. 25, cost to prosecutor.

    Wendell G. Smith, capias for failure to appear June 21. Dismissed Oct. 25, cost to state.

  • Spring, glorious spring
  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: If you're going to preside, learn the Rules!

    Generous reader, we would propound to you the following proposition: No one should allow themselves to be elected, selected, or appointed to the position of presiding officer over any board, commission, or other governmental body without first thoroughly familiarizing himself with the provisions of Robert's Rules of Order.

    The validity of this proposition is clearly demonstrated by the current brouhaha arising out of the Roane County School Board's proceedings in relation to the employment of Toni McGriff to continue as Director of Schools.

  • Kirkham Vs. Kirkham: Divorce drives property value dispute

    Convenience-store magnate Steve Kirkham is contesting the reassessment of his property in Roane County based on bad blood between him and his ex-wife.

    Kirkham was once married to Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham. Last year’s countywide reappraisal was conducted by her office.

    Administrative Judge Mark Minsky held a pre-hearing conference on Monday to discuss Steve Kirkham’s motion to have his 2010 property appraisals declared null and void.

  • Lawyer hopes to practice again

    A Harriman attorney hopes to quickly resolve his suspension from practicing.

    “I hope I can also make it clear to the public, and specifically to my clients, that under the suspension order I can continue representing my existing clients until April 25,” said Spence R. Bruner in a statement to the Roane County News. “My attorney, Chris Cawood, and I are making every effort to have this matter resolved in my favor by that date so I do not lose any time at work,” Bruner said.

  • Storm season can mean troubled waters

    With three rivers that feed Watts Bar Lake, there’s no shortage of water and related recreation in Roane County.

    However, the influx of severe spring weather, particularly heavy wind matched with lightning, does not mesh well with activities on the water.

    Monday evening’s thunderstorms brought trees down in the area, especially in Harriman, but for folks on the water, it posed a more serious threat.

  • School bus driver cited in accident

    A school bus crashed South of the River Monday morning. There were no children on the bus at the time.

    The accident happened on Hwy. 58 near the intersection of Mans Hollow Road shortly before 7 a.m.

    The bus driver, Angela Morehew, was not injured. A passenger on the bus, Virginia Rucker, was transported to Roane Medical Center.

    The crash was investigated by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

  • Hurley, commissioners look to move past dispute

    State Rep. Julia Hurley said her relationship with the Roane County Commission has room for improvement.

    “No representative has a perfect relationship with any of their county commissions,” she said by email. “So with that said, of course we could always work better together.”

    Hurley said she thinks the commission focuses too much of its time on Tiger Haven, a sanctuary for big cats in East Roane County.