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  • ONE SCHOOL, MANY SITES

    Other suggestions have been offered as a site for the consolidated high school the Roane County Board of Education is planning to build.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody mentioned a 170 acre site in the city of Kingston. Interim Director of Schools Gary Aytes said school officials took a look at it. They determined it isn’t a suitable site.

    “There’s absolutely no way in the world a school could be built up there,” Aytes said. “Access to it would have to be a new exit off the interstate. That land is not in discussion. No way.”

  • Tapp back home as Harriman police lieutenant

    Harriman Police Department’s newest lieutenant is a familiar face.

    Baron Tapp was part of the force for 25 years before leaving to serve at the Fairfield Glade Police Department.

    “I was here for 25 years and thought I was ready for a change, but to be honest I missed being here the whole time I was gone. Hopefully I’m here until I go home again,” said Tapp.

  • Roane schools tops in ’18 state growth scores

    Roane County Schools received high marks on the latest data release by the Tennessee Department of Education.

    Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System scores for 2018 were made public on Thursday. The state said Roane County was one of 11 districts to earn “a Level 5 in each subject-area TVASS composite.”

  • MAKING A SPLASH
  • Codes violations run the gamut

    In many cases knocking on doors gets people moving on cleaning up their properties, but Harriman officials want to get tough on those not complying on their overgrown lots, dilapidated homes, trash filled lots or junk vehicles.

    “It is to the point if you’re not correcting the issues we are going to start issuing tickets,” said codes enforcement officer David Branam.

    Branam said most are small but recurring issues, but it also runs the gamut to buildings that need to come down.

  • Driver in fatal crash arrested, booked into jail

    A man charged in a fatal wreck was booked into the Roane County Jail on Tuesday.

    Anthony Shane Taylor had been at the University of Tennessee Medical Center recovering from injuries he sustained in the Aug. 7 crash.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jessica West arrested him at the hospital on Tuesday.

    “Mr. Taylor was cleared by UT Medical Center to be discharged and was taken into custody without incident,” West said in the arrest report.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: We should all be proud of Roane Medical Center

    We are sure that the readers of this column, being possessed of the superior intellects that they are, are familiar with the phrase “an embarrassment of riches.”

    Well, in our humble opinion that phrase applies in spades to the situation of every commentator and scribe who writes about politics and public affairs — when we sit down to write, there are literally dozens of potential topics crying out to be the subject of one’s writing output, and so it has been almost since day one of the Trump Era.

  • No contest for three mayoral positions

    From staff reports

    The top elected offices in three Roane County municipalities may have been decided before the first ballot is cast.

    Thursday was the qualifying deadline to run for office in the Nov. 6 elections in Kingston, Oliver Springs and Rockwood.

    Both Kingston Mayor Tim Neal and Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller are unopposed in their bids for re-election.

    In Oliver Springs, Omer Cox is the only mayoral candidate on the ballot. Cox is a former Oliver Springs alderman.

  • School land tabled — for now

    Interim Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes appeared before the County Commission on Monday to address the Board of Education’s plan to purchase property for its new school.

    “I’m going to table that until we can meet with the Planning Commission on Wednesday,” Aytes said.

    The school board was scheduled to meet on Tuesday at Midtown Elementary School. Agenda Item No. 5 under new business called for “approval to purchase property on Hwy. 70 for school building site.”

  • Husband arrested for trying to kill wife

    A Harriman man is accused of trying to kill his wife with a knife.

    Terry Anison Smith, 39, was charged with attempted second-degree murder on Friday.

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office investigated. According to the report, Deputy Philip Nelson responded to 116 Russell Lane to investigate a domestic.

    “Upon arrival he found Terry Smith, who stated to deputy Nelson that he and his wife was in an argument regarding their relationship,” Detective John Mayes wrote in the report.