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Today's News

  • Tennessee Wesleyan College honors: spring 2013

    Five Tennessee Wesleyan College students from Roane County were among those earning academic achievements during spring semester.

    Lindsay Arndts, Janelle Johnson and Rebecca Kadau, all of Ten Mile, and Megan Harrison of Kingston were named to the college’s honors list.

    To be eligible for the honors list, a student must be registered for 12 or more hours and attain a grade-point average of at least 3.70, with no grade below B.

  • OUR OPINION: $585 bags are like gold toilets ­to taxpayers

    We’ve long been a supporter of good, well-compensated teachers.

    However, we share every taxpayer’s distaste for wasteful adminstrative spending.

    That’s why we’re utterly disgusted with Roane County Schools’ plan to buy two fine Italian leather briefcases at $585 each to shuttle mail to the central office.

    Schools Director Gary Aytes seemed untroubled by the potential expense.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Character of Dr. Muhammad Morsi is discussed

    As promised last week, we will give some details about Dr. Muhammad Morsi, principally about a visit paid him by the author of Mullahs, Merchants, and Militants, by Stephen J. Glain, St. Martin’s Press, New York, 2004. Mr. Glain is a former Wall Street Journal Middle East correspondent. His meeting with Morsi is set out in his book on pages 268 to 275. It took place primarily at Dr. Morsi’s office at Zaqaziq University.

  • Kingston moves on on budget committee

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    After tabling it a few months back, Kingston City Council members decided a  budget committee might not be such a bad idea after all.

    Technically, the correct title of the new board created at the July council meeting is the Financial Review Committee.

    “Budget committee” is what it was called last spring, when the idea came up at a council work session, but died for lack of support.

    Its reintroduction this month, however, is a different story.

  • New hearing date set in Butler case

    By DAMON LAWRENCE
    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Attorneys Donice Butler and Chris Cawood participated in a conference call Wednesday morning to discuss a new scheduling order for Butler’s disciplinary hearing.

    The Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility, which oversees the conduct of attorneys, is seeking to have Butler punished over allegations that she violated rules of professional conduct.

  • Rockwood eyes waterfront development again

    By CINDY SIMPSON
    csimpson@roanecounty.com
    Acres of lakefront property are a potential boon Rockwood officials want to capitalize on.

    They hope to do so with a mix of recreational opportunities, focusing first on water trails and walking trails but also looking at one large field as a possible recreational vehicle park.

    Mayor James Watts said he and City Recorder Becky Ruppe had been talking about possible grants to make such a project happen.

  • Elk hunt permit auction underway

    The fifth permit for participation in Tennessee’s fifth managed elk hunt will be awarded to the successful bidder in an eBay auction to be held from July 18-28. Proceeds from the auction benefit the state’s elk restoration program.
    Since the elk hunt was implemented in 2009, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) has donated a permit to a Non-Governmental Organization to join four others who were selected from a computer drawing.The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation (TWRF) is the recipient of this year’s donated special take permit.

  • WECO Outdoor Show set for this weekend

    The 25th annual WECO Outdoor Show sponsored by the Highland Family and Tennessee College of Applied Technology will be held this Friday and Saturday on the courthouse square in Wartburg.
        “I appreciate all the support we’ve gotten and especially thank Highland Family and Tennessee College of Applied Technology for their sponsorship and our good friends at the Morgan County News for their support,” said WECO General Manager Ed Knight.

  • Tigers looking to fill holes in passing game

    Anyone that has ever put together a puzzle knows it can be a mess at the beginning, but can look beautiful when everything comes together.

  • Alt school on chopping block

    The Roane County Board of Education is trying to decide how to make $1.582 million in budget cuts after its request for a 14-cent increase in the property tax rate was refused by the Roane County Commission. 
    The board heard a recommendation from Director of Schools Gary Aytes on what cuts to make during a Monday work session.
    “Our goal here was two-fold,” Aytes said. “First, protect achievement and, second, to protect our people’s jobs.”