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Today's News

  • Who is next to head schools?

    Roane County Board of Education Member Frank Mee said he’s concern about the lack of action on the system’s top position.
    Director of Schools Toni McGriff’s contract is set to expire on June 30.
    The board has not voted to extend the current contract or start the search for a new director.
    “We can’t just wait until the end of the year to address this,” Mee said. “If we’re going to be looking for one, we need to get the word out right now, so if anyone is interested they can get in touch with us.”

  • Official’s farm close to airport

    One of Rockwood Airports biggest supporters believes the facility could be an economic boon for the community.
    The airport’s success could be an economic success for her family, as well, but Councilwoman Peggy Evans said that hasn’t crossed her mind when fighting for investment in the airport.
    More than 500 acres of a Cumberland County farm not far from the airport belong to the Tom Evans family, including his widow, Peggy Evans, and their children.

  • Ambulance charges to stay where they are

    The idea of raising rates that the Roane County Ambulance Department charges for transport services didn’t have Commissioner Nick Forrester’s support.
    “I think there’s others ways that we can go about bringing in revenue, rather than raising rates of our citizens,” he said. “I just want to say that I’m opposed to it, and hope you’ll agree with me.”
    Seven others did and a motion to raise the rates failed 8-7 at Monday night’s commission meeting.

  • RSCC hosts health care field job fair

    Employers are invited to participate in a March 23 job fair for Roane State Community College students who are pursuing careers in health care and plan to graduate this year.
    The fair is planned for Wednesday, March 23 from 2-5 p.m. at Roane State’s Oak Ridge campus, 701 Briarcliff Ave.
    Employers are asked to register online There is no registration fee. To register, visit www.roanestate.edu/placement and click on the Job Fair link.

  • Local artist takes to the wheel

    When Kingston resident Larry Gabbard sits down at the potter’s wheel, there’s no telling what might come of it.

    Each technique offers something different. Glaze, temperature and clay all play their parts in the methodical and creative process. The possibilities seem endless.

    Samples of his creativity are being featured at the Kingston Public Library through the rest of the month.

  • Roane County's future business leaders
  • DOE gives emergency public info

    Four years ago, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office identified the need to enhance safety-related communication to its neighbors.  

    As a result, DOE collaborated with the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency to launch an emergency public information campaign that continues today.  

  • Property Transfers

    Property deed transfers in Roane County from Dec. 7-20:

    From Sharon Turner, Debbie Hamilton, Martha Veckerelli, Grace L. Turner Estate and Clayton Turner Estate to Sharon Turner, Debbie Hamilton and Martha Veckerelli by quit-claim deed, Dist. 4, adjacent Deatherage/McMurray, $0.

    From Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to William J. Mashburn by warranty deed, Dist. 3, sub-area J, $69,250.

    From James D. Cofer and Traci L. Cofer to Gregory L. Rose and Ashley D. Rose by warranty deed, Dist. 3, $90,047.71.

  • 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.

    Leeanna L. Townsend, speeding March 15. Failed to appear June 21, convicted.

    Danielle E. Nash, speeding March 19. Failed to appear June 21, convicted.

    James D. Powers, capias for failure to appear Aug. 31, 2009. Dismissed June 21, cost to state.

    Wanda B. Stewart, theft Feb. 13, 2010. Guilty plea June 28, convicted.

  • 'Granny' turns 94

    Reba “Granny” McCullough of Rockwood celebrated her 94th birthday on Feb. 11.

    She celebrated the special event with her family.

    She has a son, Freddie; three grandchildren, Dani, Jeri and Teresa; great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.