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Today's News

  • Earick resigns from seat on BOE

    Marjorie Earick has resigned from her District 5/6 seat on the Roane County Board of Education.

    She said her husband’s health was behind the decision.

    “Because of his health, I just don’t have the time to put into it,” she said.

    “It broke my heart, but I have to take care of him.”

    Earick’s colleagues said she’ll be missed.

    “She was in this for all the right reasons,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said.

  • McCluen evasive about another run for DA

    The Office of District Attorney General for the Ninth Judicial District will be on the ballot in 2014.

    Former District Attorney General Scott McCluen was non-committal recently when asked if he’s planning to run for the office again.

    “I heard that he might,” said Kingston attorney Chris Cawood, an old adversary of McCluen. “I really don’t think he’ll do any better than he did last time.”

    McCluen was elected district attorney general in 1998. He ran for re-election in 2006, but lost to Russell Johnson.

  • Maggie’s Place OK’d for county beer permit

    The Roane County Beer Board approved a beer permit for Deborah Violet on Jan. 29.

    Her permit is for Maggie’s Place at 3015 Harriman Hwy., north of Harriman.

    According to Tennessee real estate records, the property is owned by Tony Clough.

    No one showed up at the meeting to voice approval or disapproval of the permit.

    Violet, whose address is listed as 181 Tacoma Road, Oak Ridge, was asked a few questions by board members.

  • Boy Scouts partner with Goodwill for ‘Good Turn’

    Area Boy Scout troops are doing a “Good Turn” by collecting items for a material drive through Feb. 9.

    Scouts are collecting items, such as gently used clothing or toys, from family, friends and neighbors to be donated to area Goodwill stores.

    The scouts will earn a “Good Turn” patch for participating in this drive.

    The Good Turn initiative is a national call to service by the Boy Scouts.

  • Woody changed mind about ethics bill

    A bill that would have exempted members of the Roane County Planning Commission from filing statements of interests to the Tennessee Ethics Commission has been withdrawn in both the state House and Senate.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said he asked state Rep. Kent Calfee and state Sen. Ken Yager to introduce the bill in their respective chambers.

    “And I asked them to pull it,” Woody said.

    The bill was withdrawn in the House and Senate last week.

  • Fleischmann predicts big payoff for state in Y-12 uranium facility

    A lot of people were thankful when Volkswagen decided to build a production plant in Chattanooga.

    “Not only will Chattanooga be forever changed, but our entire state will reap great benefits from the new suppliers that this facility will attract,” U.S. Sen. Bob Corker said in 2008.

    Imagine the equivalent of nine Volkswagen plants coming to this area.

    U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann  said that’s what will happen because of the Uranium Processing Facility at Y-12.

  • Lawyers cited for free work

    Roane County attorneys Dick Evans and Jack H. “Sandy” McPherson were recognized by the Tennessee Bar Association for their pro bono work in 2012.

    Pro bono legal services are done for free.

    “It’s something you ought to be doing anyway,” Evans said. “I like helping people out.”

    Evans and McPherson have law offices in Kingston.
     

  • Hughes makes a splash for Midway

    Midway High School doesn’t officially have a swim team.

  • Mt. Pisgah picks up sweep

    The Mt. Pisgah Christian Academy Patriots and Lady Patriots  picked up a pair of wins last Tuesday against Tennessee Christian Prep.

    The Lady Patriots needed overtime to pick up a 45-37 victory while the Patriot boys cruised to a 51-33 victory.

  • Mattox honored by Roane State

    Bernadette Mattox, a star basketball player at Roane State Community College in the 1970s who has had a ground-breaking and successful coaching career, was honored at the Jan. 26 basketball games for her induction into the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association Hall of Fame.