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Today's News

  • Officials announce ash spill cleanup’s-end meeting in June

    A project completion meeting is one of the last orders of business to mark the end of the TVA ash spill cleanup.

    Craig Zeller, a remedial project manager for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said the meeting is scheduled for June 4 at Roane County High School in Kingston.

    The start time is 6 p.m.

    “We will be getting the usual notices out this coming week,” Zeller said.

  • Hall of Statues
  • Farm Day at Roane State
  • 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.

  • TFWC sets new buck limit for 2015-16 season

    The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission (TFWC) has voted to reduce the white-tailed buck limit for the 2015-16 seasons.

    Deer hunters will now be able to take a total of two bucks throughout the deer hunting seasons.

    After months of discussion and consideration, the action came during the TFWC’s May meeting which concluded Friday at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Ray Bell Region III Building.

  • Tennessee state high school fishing championship heads to Chickamauga

    The Bass Federation (TBF) and FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, have partnered to present the 2015 Tennessee State High School Fishing Championship.

    The tournament is open to any High School Fishing team in the entire state of Tennessee.

    The Tennessee state championship is a two-person (team) event for students in grades 7-12. Registration for anglers and their coach, who will provide the boat they compete in, is online at HighSchoolFishing.org.