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  • Kingston city worker hurt when beam slips

    A Kingston city employee was hurt on the job Monday morning while performing maintenance at the Kingston wastewater plant. 

    Kingston City Manager Jim Pinkerton said plant manager Mike Jolly was injured when a beam struck him in the back.

    The accident happened around 11:30.

    Pinkerton said a cable attached to an A-frame had some slack that employees didn’t see.

    The beam was going to be used to lift a piece of equipment so the bearings could be replaced.

  • Roane schools get 'reasonable' report card

    Achievement is not the challenge facing Roane County Schools.

    “Our challenge is growth,” Director of Schools Toni McGriff said.

    That was reflected in the Tennessee Department of Education’s latest state report card.

    According to the data, Roane County had exemplary or above average grades in math, reading/language, social studies and science in the report card’s achievement category.

  • Yager says crunch is on

    State Sen. Ken Yager met with the Roane County Tea Party this month to discuss issues facing the 107th General Assembly.

    “The No. 1 issue is the same one that we’ve dealt with for the last two years is the state budget,” said Yager, who was appointed chairman of the Senate State and Local Government Committee. “We have experienced a very serious budget crisis in Tennessee because of the dramatic drop in revenues.”

    Yager said he expects the state will balance its budget with current revenues and additional cuts.

  • Lawyer who worked for TVA now over TDEC

    The new head of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Robert J. Martineau Jr., once represented TVA in a lawsuit, according to federal court documents.

    The state of North Carolina sued TVA in 2006.

    The lawsuit alleged that pollutants from TVA power plants traveled into North Carolina and harmed human health, safety, comfort, the environment and economy.

  • Ridgeview Elementary Spelling Bee
  • Leaders to decide on Rose, Stout pay hike Tuesday

    Howie Rose and Scott Stout have the support of the Roane County Commission’s budget committee.

    On Jan. 4, its members voted unanimously to recommend a resolution to the full commission asking to return the two Office of Emergency Services employees to their previous pay grades.

    County Executive Ron Woody moved to have their salaries cut by 9 percent after taking office in September. The commission approved his recommendation by an 8-7 vote in October.  

  • Snow days almost gone

    Roane County Schools is close to depleting its allotted snow days.

    Director of Schools Toni McGriff said the system had blocked off 11 for the school year. Eight have been used so far.

    Snow and ice blanketed the area last week because of a winter storm and persistent cold temperatures.

    Road Superintendent Tom Hamby said crews were out treating roads on Friday because there were still some icy spots around the county.

    “Most of them are in areas that don’t get a lot of sun,” he said.

  • Tax hikes, layoffs pitched for EMS fix

    There was a lot of discussion about the ambulance service during a committee meeting on Thursday.

    A recommendation on what to do about the financial problems will come another day.

    Commission Chairman James Brummett said he wanted the members of the ambulance committee to have time to digest what was said before they make a recommendation.

    “I want different ideas about all things we’ve been told,” Brummett said.

  • Authorities: Former exec hopeful threatened to blow up Nashville studio

    The harassment charges against former Roane County executive candidate Miles Ledbetter Jr. stem from threats he allegedly made against Sony Music.

    According to an affidavit, Ledbetter called Sony Music offices in Nashville on Dec. 23 and threatened to blow up employees and members of the music community.

    His phone number was identified by Sony Music’s caller ID system.

    Robert J. Creighton, director of international security for Sony Music, called Ledbetter on Christmas Eve and left a message for him to call back.

  • Roane State Music Recital