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Today's News

  • Michael Dunn graduates last school students

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    It was a bittersweet moment for parents gathering to see their children adorned in caps and gowns at their graduations from Michael Dunn School last week.

    The class is the final group to graduate from the school, which has been educating developmentally disabled children from Roane and surrounding counties for decades.

    “We hate that it is the last but [glad] he can graduate out,” said Rick Gaylor about his son, Cody. “He’s enjoyed it.”

  • 30-cent tax hike over first hurdle

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County Commission’s Budget Committee finished putting together its proposal for the 2015-16 fiscal year last Thursday.

    It plans to recommend a budget that calls for an increase in the property tax rate.

    “I think it’s a reasonable, rational proposal,” Budget Committee Member Steve Kelley said.

  • Road superintendent’s civil suit dismissed; another on docket

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    General Sessions Court Judge Jeff Wicks dismissed a civil suit against Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson on Friday.

    Capital One Bank was suing Ferguson for $10,704.74 over an unpaid debt.

    Ferguson didn’t appear in court on Friday, though his case was called when Wicks was going over the roll.

    Ferguson said last Thursday that he had already worked the matter out and it was resolved.

    Wicks dismissed the suit with prejudice, which means it cannot be refiled.

  • 9 months later, convicted robber in prison

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Nine months after he was sentenced, Benjamin Heath Clark is now in custody at the Bledsoe County Correctional Complex, a state prison in Pikeville.

    “Clark was moved to BCCX because his sentence dictates he serve his time in a state facility,” state prison spokesman Robert Reburn said last Tuesday, when asked what precipitated Clark’s move to a state prison all of a sudden.

    Clark had been serving his time locally.

  • SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERIES AT KINGSTON FAIR
  • HUB to pave Devonia

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    With Harriman officials eyeing what most would call a long-overdue paving schedule, it’s likely smooth driving for at least one bumpy road.

    The repairs won’t be on the city’s dime: Devonia Street will likely be paved by Harriman Utility Board.

    “We are replacing several old water lines in our system,” HUB Manager Bill Young said. “Devonia Street is one of those areas. We are utilizing funds we already have from the state Revolving Loan program.”

  • No charges in Kingston pedestrian fatality

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The Kingston Police Department has finished its report on the Curtis Moore accident.

    On May 7, Moore was walking across North Kentucky Street around 9 p.m. when he was struck by a 2015 Hyundai driven by 78-year-old Peggy Sheppard.

    Police have not filed any charges against Sheppard.

  • Janelle comes home to raise money for schools

    Oliver Springs’ Janelle Arthur takes the Princess Theatre stage earlier this month in a benefit concert for Roane County Schools’ Education Foundation. Arthur finished in the top 5 during the 2013 season of “American Idol,” a longtime talent show on FOX-TV.

  • Harriman Happenings May 18

    We extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Curtis Leon Moore, who departed this life on Friday, May 8, at University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.

    He is survived by a son, Kelvin Moore; mother, Mariah Harrison; sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles and lots of other relatives and friends.

    His service was at Kyker Funeral Home. Burial was at Braxtons Chapel Cemetery on Thursday.

    Keep this family in your prayers.

    William Ellis of Lenoir City passed away Tuesday, May 12.

  • Rockwood swimming lessons available

    The Rockwood Community Center has officially set the dates for swimming lessons. This year, lessons will be offered from June 8-19 and July 6-17 in both the morning and the evening. The morning sessions will be fro 11 a.m.-noon, and the evening sessions will be from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The cost if $25 for a two-week session. For more information, contact 334-0434.