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Today's News

  • Assessor's employee turnover: Records show 30 changes in almost four years

    Employee turnover in the Roane County Property Assessor’s Office has become an issue in this year’s campaign.

    “We have had many, many employees come through that office,” said Molly Leggins Hartup. “The turnover rate has been very high.”

    Hartup is one of three people challenging incumbent David Morgan for the property assessor’s job. Since Morgan took over on Sept. 1, 2012, there have been roughly 30 employee changes in his office, according to County Payroll Officer Linda Stooksbury.

  • No insubordination cited in Hartup review

    “Very good at interpreting assessment laws and regulations. Knows her job and duties well. Our department will miss her.”

    Those are some of the comments Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan made about Molly Leggins Hartup in a performance review before she stopped working for his office.

    Hartup, a candidate in this year’s race for property assessor, said that proves she wasn’t an insubordinate employee like Morgan has claimed.

  • Schools chief to make $120,000 to start

    The Roane County Board of Education approved the contract for its new director on Thursday.

    “The negotiations went real well,” Board Mem-ber Mike “Brillo” Miller said.

    Miller negotiated the contract with Dr. Leah Rice Watkins after the board voted 7-3 on April 20 to select her as the next director.

    The contract is for four years, beginning on July 1 and expiring on June 30, 2020.

    The starting salary is $120,000.

  • Grant to fix up Roane Regional site for new industry

    The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development has awarded Roane County a $356,072 grant for further development of the Jones Road site in Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

    The grant will fund the clearing and grading for a building pad to accommodate a minimum 100,000-square-foot building.

  • Lady Tigers calm Lady Waves for Region 2A championship

    The Midway Lady Green Waves and the Meigs County Lady Tigers met for the fifth time this season in the Region 2A championship in Decatur Wednesday evening.

    Meigs County would win the title with a 2-0 win over Midway in a tight game from start to finish. Meigs County did not out hit, out pitch or out play Midway like they did in the two previous games in the district tourney which they won 9-0 and 7-0. This time Midway was snake bit by two throwing errors that allowed both Lady Tiger runs to score.

  • Four Roane County middle schools honored for sportsmanship during 2015-16 seasons

    Four  Roane County schools were recognized with sportsmanship awards.

    "Seven years ago, the Roane County School System began recognizing middle and high school athletic programs within our county that completed an entire athletic year with zero reports of unsportsmanlike conduct.  

    “We made the decision to try to present these schools with a monetary award to show appreciation for their emphasis on sportsmanship throughout the school year," said Tony Clower, middle school supervisor for Roane County Schools.  

  • Kingston Lady Jackets softball team finishes second in District 4AA Tournament
  • Grant in hand, but work on park stalled

    The sign in the field next to Gertrude Porter Memorial Park on Roane Street in Kingston reads “Future Site of The State of Tennessee LPRF Grant Project.”

    The sign, now almost covered by grass, has been standing in the field since shortly after Gov. Bill Haslam visited the site in October 2014 to announce a $250,000 grant that would have added another ball field, two soccer fields, a playground, a greenway and restroom facilities.

  • School facilities ‘wasted, empty’ space

    The Roane County Board of Education received another presentation from its architect earlier this month.

    This one looked at elementary and middle schools, in addition to the high schools.

    “What we’re going to present is a complete assessment of your school system,” Todd Brang, vice president of business development and marketing for the Lewis Group Architects, told the board.

    “Where you stand today and what it may look like 10 to 20 to 30 years from now.”

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