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  • Road committee’s bumpy ride may soon be in the past

    Roane County Commissioner Junior Hendrickson said he’s planning to ask Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson if he’ll consider returning to Road Committee meetings.

    “We have talked,” said Hendrickson, who is chairman of the committee. “It wasn’t in that direction, but I hope to soon.”

    Ferguson had a falling out with the committee, and his department stopped attending meetings. He seemed receptive to the idea of returning when told of Hendrickson’s intention to offer an olive branch.

  • Teen charged in Weigel’s shooting charged as adult

    The teen accused in a March shooting at the Weigel’s gas station on Gallaher Road had his case transferred to adult court last week.

    With that also came a trip to adult jail.

    Isaac Deandre Armes, 16, was booked into the Roane County Jail on June 11 on charges of attempted murder and prohibited weapons.

    Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said they already had two juveniles in custody on an unrelated case and were concerned about housing three of them together.

  • City leaders head to streets

    The first of several community meetings in Harriman neighborhoods will take place this week.

    The meeting will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Blessed Sacrament Church, 535 Margrave Drive.

    Mayor Wayne Best said Harriman leaders want residents involved in every aspect of government.

    “We are trying to bring their government back to them,” he said.

    The open-house format will enable residents to come and go as they please.

  • Humphrey on track to be Harriman police chief

    Harriman may name acting police chief Kenny Humphrey as the official police chief this week.

    Restructuring the police department is among the agenda items for the 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, meeting.

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  • Motorist crashes into, kills biker

    A Kingston man was killed last week when a suspected intoxicated driver crashed into the back of his Harley Davidson motorcycle.

    Stacey Neil Vance, the man suspected of driving impaired, was charged with vehicular homicide.

    The crash happened on Highway 58 at the intersection of Squaw Valley Road around 6:30 p.m. on June 13. The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated.

    According to the report, David Hughes was stopped and about to make a left turn on his motorcycle when Vance, driving a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier, rear-ended him.

  • Aytes named interim schools head

    The Roane County Board of Education is turning to a familiar face to lead the school system.

    “I’d like to nominate Gary Aytes as interim director of schools,” Board Member Mike “Brillo” Miller said during an emergency called meeting on Saturday.

    Miller’s motion to hire Aytes passed 10-0. He will take over for Leah Rice Watkins, who resigned last week to take the director of schools job in Obion County.

    Aytes served four years as Roane County director of schools, retiring after the 2015-16 school year.

  • Aytes named interim director of schools

    Retired Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes will resume his former post on an interim basis, the Roane County Board of Education unanimously decided Saturday morning.

    The hiring comes on the heels of the resignation of Leah Watkins, who has taken the job as director of schools in Obion County in her native West Tennessee.

    More on this developing story in Monday's Roane County News and online at RoaneCounty.com.

  • ‘She loved ... Roane County, but she loves her husband more’

    By Donna Ryder

    Special to Roane County News

    Leah Watkins, current director of schools in Roane County, has accepted the position of director of Obion County Schools after a second interview Tuesday night.

    Obion County Board of Education Chairman Fritz Fussell confirmed Wednesday that Watkins has accepted the position, which takes her back to her native West Tennessee.

    Fussell said Watkins has been commuting from Roane County to West Tennessee on weekends due to her husband being called back to the area by a previous employer of 20 years.

  • $66.75M bldg. plan still a go

    Some officials are calling for the Roane County Board of Education to cease moving forward with its building program. Apparently that’s not going to happen.

    “I’m sure we’ll still move forward with it,” Board Member Mike “Brillo” Miller said. “That’s just my opinion. I haven’t talked to anybody, but I’m sure we’ll move forward with it.”