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  • Who’s next? Clem, Johnson jockeying for office

    From staff reports

    The County Clerk is one of the more popular elected officials in Tennessee counties.

    The office’s duties of registering and annually renewing vehicle tags is often the only thing that brings some people to the courthouse.

    Their popularity means that most, like Roane County’s Barbara Anthony, have little to no opposition come election time.

    But all bets are off once they decide to retire.

  • Roane’s grad rate tops state’s

    The Tennessee Department of Education report card released last week shows Roane County Schools excelling when it comes to its graduation rate.

    The system still has some work to do on the ACT, however.

    The report card, which is released annually, provides a snapshot of how the state along with individual school districts and schools are performing. The latest covers the 2016-17 school year.

  • CALLING IT QUITS

    Roane County Clerk Barbara Anthony is stepping down at the end of her term.

    It’ll be a big change. Though Anthony was elected in 2006, she has been employed with the office for 42 years.

    “I was in an accident in May. That really did make me decide to retire, because I’ve been here since 1976. I wanted to get out of here and spend some time with family and travel and do those sorts of things,” said Anthony.

    “My last day will be Aug. 31.”

    She was a deputy clerk prior to seeking the office herself.

  • Former Kingston standout killed in Cumberland crash

    Demarcus Foster, a former football standout at Roane County High School, was killed in an automobile crash on Jan. 6.

    “I’ll miss him,” father Sam Foster said. “That was my boy.”

    The accident happened around 6 a.m. on Interstate 40 in Cumberland County. The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated.

  • Deputy: ‘Voyager’ star spat on him

    The actress who played Kes on “Star Trek: Voyager” is again facing criminal charges.

    Jennifer Ann Lien was arrested last month for DUI and simple assault. She allegedly spat on Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Wes Stooksbury during the incident.

    According to the warrant, Stooksbury spotted Lien driving erratically on Hwy. 70 in a gold Buick.

  • Property no longer a mess

    Helen Hayes was released from the Roane County Jail shortly before 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

    Chancellor Frank V. Williams III ordered her jailed on Jan. 4 for failing to comply with an order to cleanup her property at 1812 Bluff Road, Harriman.

    “The lawsuit is over that we filed because she has removed the debris and she’s been released from jail,” County Attorney Greg Leffew said.

  • Harriman’s New Year’s resolution: Clean up city

    It’s a new year, and Harriman is anxious to put its best foot forward.

    That’s why codes enforcer David Branam is working hard to begin addressing code enforcement on properties around the city and utilizing mapping to identify some areas.

    “He’s already started hitting some of those areas,” said Assistant Police Chief Kenneth Humphrey.

    Branam so far hasn’t had to play the tough guy to see results.

  • WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE
  • UNDECKING THE STREETS
  • Classes teach seniors how to get most out of smartphones

    Did you receive a smartphone as a present this holiday season and are not sure what to do with it?

    Are you only using your smartphone as a phone?

    Don’t know how to text or use all the features of your phone?

    Want to connect with family and friends on Facebook?

    Mid-East Community Action Agency and Social Media 4 Seniors are teaming up to teach seniors how to use smartphone technology to the fullest.

    Classes are informal, and small in size to maximize the learning experience.