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Today's News

  • Schools will be able to hire

    Roane County Schools has positions that need filling for the 2015-16 school year. With the start less than two-and-a-half months away, the Roane County Board of Education voted 7-0 to lift the hiring freeze for essential positions during a special-called meeting on Wednesday.

    The freeze was put in place earlier this year because of the school system’s budget crisis. The crisis has not been solved, but Director of Schools Gary Aytes said some of the job openings are critical enough that the system needs to start trying to get people in place.

  • County raises still in budget, just smaller

    The Roane County Budget Committee considered recommending a 3-percent raise for employees, but opted for a 1.5-percent increase in its final proposal.

    Register of Deeds Sharon Brackett said she’s not surprised the proposed raise got reduced.

    “The employees are always the last people that they take care of,” she said. “Sorry to say, but it’s the truth.”

    Brackett was first elected register of deeds in 2006. Prior to that, she was an employee in the office.

  • Opening day a splash
  • Wrecking ball fun
  • Two couples, man, charged in burglaries

    Police made headway in a number of burglary cases in recent days.

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office arrested two suspects on Wednesday — Amanda Ileen Brown and Jesse Lee Duncan.

    Both are charged with aggravated burglary and theft of property from $10,000 to $60,000.

    Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said suspected stolen items were recovered, including guns, knives, coins and jewelry. Phillips was tight-lipped about the details surrounding the arrests because the investigation is ongoing.

  • Roane school employees retire

    Roane County Schools said goodbye to 28 employees during a retirement reception Wednesday.

    Those who are leaving include:

    • Linda Bailey, transportation, 29 years.

    • Elizabeth Borum, Harriman High, 14 years.

    • Flo Bowman, Ridge View Elementary, 22 years.

    • Mary Byrd, Oliver Springs High, 30 years.

    • Gena Cates, Ridge View Elementary, 13 years.

    • Lesha Clark, Bowers Elementary, 32 1/2 years.

    • Laura Dailey, Roane County High, 30 years.

  • DCS worker fired after assault charge

    Tom Hogan lost his job with the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services following his arrest for an alleged domestic assault in Asheville, N.C.

    “I understand that he was sent a termination letter on May 13, 2015,” DCS spokesman Rob Johnson said.

    Hogan, who has a Harriman address, was arrested by members of the Roane County Sheriff’s Office on May 13. Sheriff Jack Stockton said Hogan was wanted by the Asheville Police Department for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend.

  • Woman accused of threatening several with knife

    Kristen Hill, a 25-year-old Rockwood woman, is accused of pulling out a knife during a quarrel with a friend.

    The alleged incident happened earlier this month at 103 Meadows Place.

    According to the warrant, Amanda Riter told Rockwood police that Hill left the residence following an argument between the two.

    “Mrs. Riter said that her ex-husband had come to her residence to drop off their kids and he was going to watch the kids while she went to work at 11 p.m.,” the warrant said.

  • Doug Wilson’s legacy continues

    Pharmacist Doug Wilson made an impact on many young people.

    Rockwood City Council unanimously recognized his role in the lives of Rockwood’s youth by approving naming the Rockwood Community Center after Wilson, who died in early May.

    “He has done so much for so many kids over the years,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller. “He was just outstanding.”

    “He was so well thought of and just such a great guy. He gave a lot more than he ever got back,” said Miller.

  • Fun days to end the school year