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Today's News

  • Embattled Rockwood administrator offers budget

    Rockwood Mayor James Watts’ proposed budget for 2012-13 eliminates Rockwood City Administrator Jack Miller’s job and calls for a 25-cent increase in the city’s tax rate.

    Miller, however, had previously made a budget proposal that would begin to solve the city’s dire financial straights but without quite the pinch to taxpayers. His suggestions were distributed to city officials prior to Watts’ proposal last week.

  • School board takes tax increase off the table

    Two things about the 2012-13 school budget bothered longtime Roane County Board of Education Member Mike “Brillo” Miller.

    One was some support employees were excluded from getting a 2-percent raise.

    The other was having to ask the Roane County Commission for a 6-cent property-tax rate increase to fund the budget.    

    Those two issues were addressed at last week’s board meeting. Miller made a motion to give all support employees a 2-percent raise and use $739,233 of surplus to balance the budget.

  • Kids call fowl on Fun Day

    Samuel Corum proves he’s no chicken by getting up close with a fine-feathered friend during the recent Roane County United Way Famly Fun Day celebration.

    This chick was just one of the critters in the Extension Service exhibit that proved to be a popular draw for the event at Roane State Community College.

  • Aytes getting lower salary, short contract

    The Roane County Board of Education approved a contract for new Director of Schools Gary Aytes at last week’s meeting.

    Aytes will take over for retiring director Toni McGriff on July 1.

    His contract is only for two years. McGriff, by comparison, started with a four-year contract when she was hired in 2005.  

    The board does have the option to grant Aytes an extension before the contract expires on June 30, 2014.

    “It’s fine with me,” Aytes said about his contract.

  • Dad of tot says he was rarely home

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office has released more information about the death of 2-year-old Clifford Dotson.

    Clifford lived with his parents, Amanda and Matthew Dotson, at 180 Lerchen Road in East Roane County.

    According to an incident report, an officer was dispatched to the address at 4:47 a.m. May 3 to investigate a suspicious death.

    “Fort Loudoun hospital in Lenoir City called in that Amanda Dotson had come to the hospital with a dead child,” the report said.

  • Change a common theme among state House candidates

    Room C of Kingston Community Center was packed full of folks from both sides of the political spectrum as candidates for Tennessee House of Representatives sounded off Thursday during a Roane County Tea Party forum.

    Members of the group were concerned about each of the candidates’ stands on the issues — and they were ready with opinions of their own.

  • Harriman, Princess honored

    The city of Harriman and the Princess Theatre Partnership received the Preservation Award during the East Tennessee Historical Society’s annual Awards of Excellence presentation.

    “We commend the city of Harriman for its vision and commitment to preserving the Princess Theatre,” said Society director Cherel Henderson.

    “The success of the project demonstrates the importance of history and sense of place in creating character for a town.”

  • Harriman Happenings: May 21

    Congratulations to Dale Fuqua, who took classes at Roane State Community College to become a certified EKG technician. Phlebotomy for Healthcare Professional Certified and will be taking the National American Medical Technologist exam in June. Much success to you, Dale.

    Congratulations to Talisa Hall and Haley Goins, who graduated from Harriman High School. Haley is the daughter of Michael Goins, and Talisa is the granddaughter of Deborah Hill.

  • New leader for 278th

    By Thomas Greene, for Roane Newspapers
    In a change-of-responsibility ceremony earlier this month at Knoxville’s West High School auditorium, Command Sgt. Major Vincent S. Roach took the reins as the regimental command sergeant major of the National Guard’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment.

    Roach assumed the responsibility from Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Jennings of Clarksville.

  • Harriman Lions plan World’s Greatest Pancake Breakfast

    There is something in the Southern character that seeks good food and fellowship in roughly equal portions.

    Harriman Lions Club will provide both this weekend during its fundraiser, The World’s Greatest Pancake Breakfast.

    The breakfast will be from 7 to 11:30 a.m. May 26 in Harriman Diner on Roane Street.