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Today's News

  • Aytes not bothered by Common Core controversy

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said he’s not concerned with the controversy surrounding the Common Core State Standards.

    “I don’t have time to be,” he said. “We do what we’re told, and we’re told that we’re going to do Common Core, so that’s what we’re preparing for.”

  • Bruner suspension impacts courts

    Harriman attorney Spence Bruner won’t be available for the February through April term of Roane County Criminal Court because he’s suspended from practicing law.

    The term starts next week.

    Assistant District Attorney General Bill Reedy said the cases where Bruner is the defense attorney will be continued until the June through August term.

    The Tennessee Supreme Court suspended Bruner for 90 days on Jan. 31 for violating rules on expediting litigation, fairness to the opposing party and counsel and misconduct.

  • Road salt supplies dwindling this winter

    The unusual amount of wintery mixes has substantially cut down Harriman’s salt supplies, but officials said Wednesday they were ready for the snow storm forecasted earlier this week.

    “We are pretreating right now, and then we’ll salt if we have to,” Drack Langley said Wednesdaymorning.

    Langley supervises the Harriman Street Department.

    “We are low, but we have enough if it comes.”

    He said they’ll use a mix of salt with chips (grit) and sand.

  • Harriman sets sights on future goals

    Harriman is looking to the future again, planning to review the city’s longterm goals and vision.

    Municipal Technical Advisory Service was supposed to be in Harriman last month, but bitterly cold temperatures and snow forced a rescheduling.

    The “visioning” meeting is now set for 6 p.m. March 18.

    “Expect a two, two-and-a-half hour meeting on March 18,” said Harriman Mayor Chris Mason recently.

    “I think we need a short-range and a long-range plan,” Mason said.

  • Two offices, only one Berry

    Ron Berry has picked up petitions to run for county commissioner and for circuit court clerk.

    When asked about it, Berry said he is exploring his options.

    The qualifying deadline is April 3, so Berry has until then to choose.

    “I’m just going to see what things are looking like,” he said.

    All 15 county commission seats will be on the ballot for the Aug. 7 election. Berry is one of three commissioners representing District 1.

  • Part-time job pays $93,000-plus

    Imagine a part-time job that pays more than $93,000.

    Moreover, if you pay taxes in Roane County, you’re footing the bill.

    Despite being a part-time job, the position of Roane County attorney pays $93,775.

    That’s more than the salaries of the sheriff and road superintendent, who each make $81,208, work full time and supervise government staffs.

    One county commissioner questioned the logic of the situation this week.

  • Arrests: Aug. 18-31, 2013

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Aug. 18 — Jessica Leann Murray, 22, 157 Old Hen Valley, Oliver Springs: failure to appear. Bond $119.10; court date Sept. 6.

    Aug. 19 — Charles Thomas Jenkins, 25, 113 Wise Road, Kingston: two attachments. Total bond $3,000; court date Aug. 28.

  • Marches, Midway student solo on tap for Babahatchie winter concert

    It may be cold outside, but Babahatchie Community Band is gearing up to warm the heart and soul with music during its winter concert this weekend.

    The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 in the James Williamson Auditorium of Harriman High School. Admission is free; donations are graciously accepted.

    Midway High School senior Andrew Westrich will be featured euphonium soloist during the concert.

  • Two high school teams in Science Bowl

    Teams from Rockwood High School and Kingston’s Roane County High School will participate in a competition next weekend to determine the area’s representative in the high school national finals of the U.S. Department of Energy Science Bowl.

    The two schools are

    among more than 50 across the state that will face off during the regional competition Feb. 22 in Pellissippi State Community College’s Blount County Campus in Friendsville.

  • Roane students eligible for five scholarships

    Roane County students are eligible to apply for five East Tennessee Foundation scholarships for the 2014-2015 school year.

    Foundation scholarships open to Roane County residents include: