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Today's News

  • EDUCATORS IN THE WORKPLACE

    The first day of classes in Roane County Schools is next week, but some teachers spent their break as students in the Educators in the Workplace program.

    The seven “summer school” sessions for educators began June 6 at Dienamic Tooling Systems in Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

    “This program is beneficial for both the businesses and the teachers,” said Allen Lutz, education and workforce development specialist for The Roane Alliance.

  • Jobless rate up in June

    Roane County’s unemployment rate was up 0.5 percent in June, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The rate, at 8.7 percent, is 0.5 percent higher than a year ago, state records indicate.

    The most recent numbers indicate that 25,240 workers in Roane County’s 27,630 labor force were employed during the month.

  • Pit bull rescues on attack

    Two East Tennessee pit bull rescue groups are at odds with each other.
    Harriman-based East Tennessee Pit Bull Rescue Inc. and Break The Chain Pit Bull Rescue, which operates from Lenoir City, sued each other in Roane County General Sessions Court last year. Both suits were dismissed without prejudice in March.

    Months before the dismissal, a judge put a mutual restraining order in place that was supposed to prohibit the parties from making disparaging remarks on Facebook or talking and texting each other.

  • THE COOL CLUB

    Peeking under leaves and digging in the dirt are all part of a day of fun for Evans Heights youth in Rockwood.

    The Roane County Master Gardeners help the community’s children tend a thriving garden filled with a variety of produce from tomatoes and peppers to zucchini, pumpkins, Swiss chard, potatoes and chives.

    The group, which recently built birdhouses during one session, is fondly called the Kids Garden Club.

  • 200,000 pain pills believed obtained in conspiracy

    John Wesley Goss ran an elaborate oxycodone operation between September 2010 and June 2012.

    The method he used to obtain pills is described in the federal plea agreement he signed on May 1.

    According to the document, Goss managed a group of addicts who frequented pain clinics and pharmacies to obtain what is believed to be more than 200,000 pills of prescription pain medication.

  • Leon Houston’s federal firearms trial postponed

    Leon Houston’s federal trial on a firearms charge, scheduled to start this week, has been postponed.

    He filed a motion for a continuance on July 25.

    According to court records, the government didn’t object, and the motion was granted by U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr.

    Houston, who is in custody at the Blount County Jail in Maryville, is charged in federal court with possessing a firearm while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance and threatening to kill attorney James Logan via telephone.

  • Gift of gab snags Woody $1,750 Rotary Club prize

    Rising Midway High School senior Aaron Woody won first place in the Rotary District 6780 Four-Way Speech Scholarship Competition.

    Woody was able to advance to the district contest after winning the Kingston Rotary Club contest and was awarded a $1,750 scholarship to the school of his choice.

    He competed last year for the scholarship chance and because he is a self-proclaimed talker.

    “I went and got second place after a double-header win for second and third,” Woody said.

  • Ahler leading Chamber of Commerce board

    Harriman business owner Chris Ahler is chairman of the Roane County Chamber of Commerce board for 2013-14.

    Ahler sits on Harriman City Council.

    He took over July 1 from Kenyon Mee, another sitting Harriman City Council member.

    Mee is facility manager of Diversified Scientific Services, a subsidiary of Perma-Fix Environmental Services.

    Mee will continue to serve on the board as chairman of the economic and community development committee.

  • Drug store holdup gets man 8 years

    Claude Damon Ladd pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery for holding up the Kinser Drugs in Kingston.

    He received eight years in prison.

    Prosecutor Bill Reedy said Ladd, 48, must serve the entire sentence.

    “Eight years at 100 percent,” Reedy said. “It’s not a 30-percent crime. It’s a 100-percent crime, day for day for eight years.”

    One of the unusual things about the Ladd case is how quickly it moved through the court system.

  • Committee to take look at school budget

    Roane County Board of Education’s plan to fix its financial problems for the 2013-14 school year is not a done deal.

    The Roane County Commission, the funding body for the school system, still needs to approve the plan. That’s not simply a formality.

    “There have been amendments in the past year that have not been approved,” Board Member Wade McCullough pointed out at the July school board meeting.

    The budget committee, which includes four of the 15 commissioners, will discuss the plan on Wednesday.