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Today's News

  • Leffew takes over Lady Waves

    Sometimes coaches have to spend years as an assistant before they finally get a chance to run their own program.
    That wasn’t the case for Jon Leffew as the 27-year-old was recently named the new girls basketball head coach at Midway High School after working a total of four years as an assistant coach at Midway and Roane County High Schools.

  • Summer Camp
  • Mayfield video sought

    Interest in the Michael Mayfield tire cutting case didn’t go away with his April 26 confession.
    The following day victim Tyler Threadgill requested a copy of the surveillance video that reportedly shows Mayfield doing the deed.
    Mayfield is the son of Mayfield Dairy Farms president and Republican congressional candidate Scottie Mayfield. Threadgill is the campaign manager for U.S. Congressman Chuck Fleischmann.
    Kingston police did not comply with the request, which prompted Threadgill’s attorney to send the department a letter.

  • Veteran’s coronation coin a keeper

    Kevin Conroy keeps up with his prized possessions. He has a 1920s-era Kodak camera that used to belong to his mother.
    “The film is hard to come by,” he said. “I don’t think you can even get it any more.”
    Another one of Conroy’s most cherished keepsakes is the 5- shilling commemorative coin that marked the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
    Conroy said he got it in England in 1953.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Common garden flower takes root in heart

    Over the weekend, my guy Derek sent me a simple text message with a photograph of a stubby marigold.
    “It bloomed,” he proclaimed.
    I knew exactly what he meant.
    “Yay,” I texted back.
    The marigold in the picture had self seeded in the tiniest crack in his asphalt driveway and was growing there — flowering even — alone in a hard, black desert.
    Derek knew leaving it wasn’t the best thing for the driveway, but he admired its cheerful toughness.
    I admired him for leaving it be.

  • Volunteer Energy gives grants in Roane

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative awarded $2,750 in grants to Roane County organizations in April through its VECustomers Share program.
    The program, founded in October 2001, has donated more than $4.1 million to various community-service organizations.
    Local groups collecting grants in April include Midway High School PTO/FFA, $1,000; South Roane County Volunteer Fire Department, $1,000; Midway High School Spanish Club, $250; Roane Choral Society, $250; and Midway Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support team, $250.

  • Tedder’s replacement on council is Ahler — for now

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said he isn’t trying to influence the upcoming election for an unexpired council seat.
    Mason appointed Chris Ahler to fill the seat until the August election.
    Ahler is one of several who have taken out a petition for the seat.
    Mason said he’d already approached Ahler about filling the seat before he realized that the seat once filled by Chase Tedder, who left to be a park ranger at Yellowstone National Park, had to be put on the Aug. 2 election ballot.

  • Harriman wants hold on signs

    Office seekers and their cohorts better think twice before placing their signs.
    Harriman Vice Mayor Ken Mynatt, who took over the meeting after Mayor Chris Mason left early to coach his daughter’s softball team, was granted approval to put a moratorium on campaign and business signs on city property, particularly Riverfront Park.
    “David Webb and I found campaign signs at Riverfront Park,” Mynatt said. He said another was an advertisement for a real estate company. Others have beenplaced in the Temperance Building.

  • Jail recertified by corrections board

    The Tennessee Corrections Institute Board of Control has recertified the Roane County Jail.
    Sheriff Jack Stockton said the designation — which was awarded in March —  was the result of a team effort.
    “We’re pleased that we’re running at and above minimum guidelines that the state sets forth,” he said. “I commend my employees for a job well done.”
    Joe Ferguson, a detention facility specialist for TCI, inspected the Roane County Jail in February.

  • GUEST OPINION: State open records laws riddled with loopholes, more

    Kent Flanagan, director of the Tennessee Coalition of Open Government, reminded TCOG followers on Twitter recently that the Tennessee General Assembly has added more than 350 exemptions to the state’s open records law over the years.

    Those exemptions are scattered throughout Tennessee Code Annotated, not codified in any one place in the Tennessee Public Records Act.