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  • Ellis re-elected chair of county commission

    Randy Ellis has been re-elected chairman of the Roane County Commission.

    The first item of new business on Monday’s agenda was electing the chairman. Ellis received 12 of 14 votes. One commissioner was absent.

    “Thank you all very much for the faith you’ve placed in me,” he told his colleagues after the vote.

  • TVA CEO speaks to commission on ash spill, future of Kingston

    TVA President and CEO Jeff Lyash addressed the Roane County Commission during its regular meeting on Monday at the old courthouse.

    “My purpose here is quite simple,” he said. “I just want to introduce myself.”

    Lyash said Monday was his 150th day on the job.

    “Over that 150 days I’ve traveled well over 10,000 miles around the system, including time out here in Roane County, time at Kingston, in Harriman, in Oak Ridge,” he said.

  • DAR promotes Constitution Week with Ring the Bell

    Celebrate the foundation of America with Southwest Point Daughters of the American Revolution on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 4 p.m. as members “Ring the Bell” at Fort Southwest Point to commemorate the Constitution and The Declaration of Independence.

    The public is welcome to join in the celebration!

    The Daughters of the American Revolution initiated the observance in 1955, when the organization petitioned the U.S. Congress to dedicate Sept. 17–23 of each year to the commemoration of Constitution Week. 

  • Young’s Chapel reaches anniversary milestone

    By Richard Evans

    Young’s Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church is marking a major milestone with a celebration of their 150th anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 21.

    The anniversary celebration will last from 4-7 p.m. and will feature music, food and fellowship. All former members and guests are invited to join them in their worship service at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 22.

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  • Stockton chair of state board over corrections

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton was elected chairman of the Tennessee Corrections Institute Board of Control on Sept. 4.

    “I did not vote for myself,” Stockton said.

    Stockton has been in law enforcement since the 1980s.

    He was elected to his fourth term as sheriff of Roane County in August of 2018. Then Gov. Bill Haslam later appointed him to the TCI Board of Control.

    Stockton’s rise from board member to chairman comes at a time when Roane County is facing some expensive jail issues.

  • Town hall meeting takes aim at underage drinking

    Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition will be hosting a virtual town hall meeting using Facebook Live at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19.

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has launched the 2019 Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking.

  • Changes come to the Roane County News

    Change, like death and taxes, is inevitable.

    The newspaper business has, for the past few years, been fully engaged in the process of change. Therefore, it should not be a surprise to learn that change is coming to the Roane County News.

    Beginning in October the Roane County News will be combining the Monday and Wednesday issues. Monday, Sept. 30, will be the last Monday edition of the newspaper.

    This is a good thing, both for the newspaper and for our subscribers.

  • County plans to reopen Swan Pond Complex

    Roane County is planning to reopen the Swan Pond Sports Complex.

    “We do intend to,” County Executive Ron Woody said Friday.

    A state investigation into the surface soil at the Swan Pond recreation areas concluded the soil is normal and poses no health risk to children who play there.

    “We recommend using the Swan Pond recreation areas for their intended purposes,” Joe George, with the Tennessee Department of Health, told the Roane County Commission’s Environmental Review Board on Thursday.

  • Kingston ponders funding Dogwood Drive work

    The City of Kingston is trying to figure out how to pay for the project to improve Dogwood Drive.

    Council voted in December 2018 to approve a resolution to enter into an agreement with Tennessee Department of Transportation for improvements to Dogwood Drive.

    The $1.6 million project would be paid 50 percent by a state grant and would be completed concurrently with a project to install a light and improve a nearby intersection at North Kentucky Street and I-40.