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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.”

  • Schools aim for ‘seamless’ transition

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes was one of many people who expressed sadness about the closure of the Michael Dunn Center School.

    “That makes me cry,” he said.

    Mike McElhinney, president and CEO of the Michael Dunn Center, said the school’s closure will impact nine students – seven from Roane County, and two from Morgan County.

    Michael Dunn received money for the Roane County students who attended the school.

  • 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.

  • Property transfers: Aug. 6-18, 2014

    Property deed transfers in Roane County:
    Aug. 6 ― From Elizabeth A. Cash and Heather N. Chapman to Bank of America by trustee’s deed, Dist. 4, Anglers Cove Lot 44, $39,000.

    • From Scott Mullens personal representative and J.W. Gibson Estate to Edna E. Gibson by deed, Dist. 3, two tracts Gallaher Road, $0.

    • From Scott Mullens personal representative and J.W. Gibson Estate to Scott Mullens Trustee and J.W. Gibson Family Trust by deed, several tax maps/groups/p, $0.

  • Central Baptist marking 50th anniversary

    Central Baptist Church, Kingston, is planning to honor U.S. military veterans and their families as part of the church’s 50th-anniversary celebration next weekend.

    The celebration honoring veterans will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 30 at the church at 245 Bailey Road.

    Live music and light refreshments will be included as part of the celebration.

    A special anniversary worship service will begin at 11 a.m. May 31.

    Central Baptist Church was organized on May 27, 1965, with 59 members.

  • Blessing of the Fleet slated for June 6

    Regardless of the kind of boats they may prefer, sailors on Watts Bar Lake will have the opportunity to hear the message “God go with you” on June 6.

    The Horizon Yacht Club will have a Blessing of the Fleet Service beginning at 10 a.m. The club is headquartered at Blue Springs Marina on the eastern shore of the lake, in a cove near river mile marker 547.5.

    Pastor Chuck Griffin of nearby Luminary United Methodist Church will be the officiant for the service.

  • Vacation Bible School 2015

    Clymersville Baptist
    “Journey off the Map” is the vacation Bible school theme at Clymersville Baptist Church, Rockwood. Classes for preschoolers through adults will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. May 31-June 3 in the church at 662 Clymersville Road.

  • Church Calendar: May 30-June 13

    SATURDAY, MAY 30
    • Central Baptist Church, Kingston, will celebrate its 50th anniversary with two days of festivities. A special focus will be on military veterans who have fought for freedom to worship. Music and refreshments are planned from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on the front lawn of the church at 245 Bailey Road; those attending are asked to bring a lawn chair or blanket. The 11 a.m. Sunday worship service will focus on veterans; lunch will follow. Call 310-2854 for more information.