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Today's News

  • TENNESSEE FIRST LADY PLUGS READING IN ROANE

    Tennessee first lady Crissy Haslam was in Midtown Friday celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Roane County.

    Haslam and a big blue bus have been touring the state to celebrate the state program, which partners with Imagination Libraries and local programs to provide books to children from birth to age 5.

    “I am very passionate about this program,” Haslam said. “It is something all of Tennessee should be proud of.”

  • Same-sex divorce case headed to appeals

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Rockwood attorney Mark Foster filed a notice of appeal last week in the Roane County same-sex divorce case.

    Foster represents Frederick Michael Borman, who filed for divorce from Larry Kevin Pyles-Borman in March.

    The Roane County men were married in Iowa in 2010. Iowa doesn’t require people to be residents to get married there, but they do have to be residents of the state to get a divorce.

  • School board dips into reserves

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Roane County Board of Educatoin delved into the school district’s reserve funds to put textbook purchases, security cameras and maintenance projects back in the budget.

    The amendment was approved at Thursday’s regular school board meeting. A few days earlier, the board had cut the expenditures out of the budget in a special-called meeting.

  • More than candidates on Nov. 4 ballot

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said voters should easily be able to understand the constitutional amendments on the ballot for the Nov. 4 election.

    “It’s pretty straightforward,” he said about the wording.

    The amendments deal with abortion, the appointment of judges and a state income tax.

    Holiway said he suspects Amendment 1 – the one dealing with abortion – could draw the most interest.

  • Brummett again Commission chair

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    District 4 Commissioner James Brummett will continue to serve as chairman of the Roane County Commission.

    He was elected to the position for the fifth straight time on Sept. 8.

    “We’re serving 54,000 people, and it’s overwhelming that I’m selected to do that,” Brummett said. “It’s certainly an honor, and I take it as such.”

    The chairman’s compensation is $287.04 per commission meeting.

  • More graduating from high school in Roane County

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Roane County School’s graduation rate continues to rise.

    For the 2013-14 school year the district’s overall graduation rate was 92.57 percent, a slight increase over last year’s 92.5 percent.

    “Overall, our teachers are refusing to allow kids to fail,” said secondary supervisor Russell Jenkins. “We raised the expectations for our students.”

    Children are encouraged to not just get a zero and not do the work.

  • Child rape suspect’s trial set for Dec. 11

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    A trial date has been set in John Paul Little’s child rape case.

    Harriman police arrested Little, 38, on Sept. 9, 2012, on one count of child rape. He faces a total of four counts of child rape because three more were added when his case was presented to the Roane County grand jury on Feb. 19, 2013.

    Little has a status hearing scheduled for Nov. 3, and his trial is scheduled for Dec. 11.

  • Harriman officials par down manager list; interviews to take place this week

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Harriman City Council members will get their first peek at candidates for city manager during phone interviews next week.

    The top 13 candidates will be interviewed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in The Roane Alliance in Kingston.

    Council selected The Alliance office because of its capabilities to do live video chat in its meeting space.

    Municipal Technical Advisory Service narrowed down the list of 46 candidates to those to be interviewed initially.

  • State House hopeful Kneiser says he’s picky about campaign donors

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    State House District 32 Democratic candidate Joe Kneiser is still trying to put together a war chest with Election Day less than two months away.

    “I’m sending out letters all the time,” he said on Sept. 15. “Today, I sent out about 30.”

    According to the state’s campaign finance website, Kneiser has submitted two reports – one on July 2 and another on July 31. Both show that he raised $0. The next reports are due on Oct. 10.

  • Police arrest two on pot charges; one for ecstasy

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Samuel Foster, a 21-year-old Kingston man, was charged with manufacture, sale or delivery of ecstasy and marijuana on Sept. 14.

    According to the arrest warrant, Harriman police pulled Foster over for running a stop sign.

    “I observed the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle,” the warrant said. “I asked Foster for and was denied consent to search the vehicle.”

    Mexx, a drug-sniffing canine, alerted police to the possibility of drugs in the vehicle.