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  • Youth Leadership program seeking applicants for 2019

    Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Roane County Youth Leadership.

    The program is open to all Roane County high school, private school and home-schooled students who will be sophomores, juniors or seniors during the 2019-20 school year. The program is a partnership between Roane County Chamber of Commerce and Roane State Community College.

    The goal is for students to improve their leadership skills through class study, interactions with community leaders and exercising the skills they learned for a community service project.

  • Operation REACH brings Christmas cheer

    After 43 years of helping children in Roane County, Operation REACH is undergoing changes, but organizers want folks to know they can still contribute to the holiday charity.

    The project got a slow start this year due to changes in leadership, according to Linda Townsend, chairwoman of the board for Operation REACH.

    “We had some changes, but we are doing the best we can with what we have,” she said.

  • Schools opt to say no to corporal punishment

    Corporal punishment remains banned in Roane County Schools, but not all members of the Board of Education support the policy.

    “I just think we should allow it,” Board Member Mike “Brillo” Miller said.

    Miller shared his opinion during a meeting earlier this month when the school board made a slight revision to the policy.

    He said corporal punishment always got his attention.

    “I just think we ought to be able to use it if a principal or a teacher sees fit,” Miller said.

  • Roane E-911 set to get new facility

    Roane County E-911 has secured a loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program to help build its new center.

    “We have worked it into our budget to do this,” Roane E-911 Director Mike Hooks said.

    “Our center, we’ve just outgrown it.”

    The loan is for $2.7 million.

    “The county is not responsible for the debt in no way,” Hooks said. “We’re a stand-alone entity.”

    Roane E-911 has already identified the site for its new center.

  • Teen robbery suspect nets more charges

    Additional charges have been filed against a Rockwood teen accused in an alleged robbery.

    Zachary Douglas Ray was arrested on Nov. 13 for especially aggravated robbery.

    In addition to that, Ray is now also facing charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and violation of probation/parole, according to Roane County Jail records.

    According to a sheriff’s office report, Ray and a masked accomplice allegedly robbed a woman of $20, a pack of cigarettes and a cell phone. The victim told police Ray also ran over her ankle with a Ford Explorer.


    The incorrect name was attributed to a letter to the editor titled “Make it a truly happy holiday for Thanksgiving” in the Wednesday, Nov. 21, edition of the Roane County News. Instead of Douglas Lloyd of Kingston, the name should have been Reese Challice.

  • School director, official heated over tax debate

    Things got heated between Interim Director of Schools Gary Aytes and County Commissioner Junior Hendrickson during Monday’s Roane County Commission meeting at the Roane County Courthouse.

    The Commission was discussing a resolution to issue $7.1 million of debt to pay for capital projects for the Midway and Oliver Springs area schools.

    “All y’all seem to want to do is come in here, let’s raise taxes 3-4 cents,” Hendrickson told Aytes.

  • County eyes suing TVA

    The fact TVA wasn’t a party to the Jacobs Engineering Group lawsuit doesn’t matter to Roane County Executive Ron Woody.

    “I think the responsible party in this case was still TVA,” he said Monday, Nov. 19.

    TVA hired Jacobs Engineering Group to provide oversight of the ash spill cleanup at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

    The disaster, which occurred Dec. 22, 2008, resulted in the release of more than 5 million cubic yards of fly ash.

  • Assault case dismissed on county worker

    The criminal case against the deputy director of Roane County’s accounting department was dismissed Tuesday, Nov. 20.

    Kingston police charged Jennifer Evans with domestic assault earlier this month after her husband, John Evans, claimed she hit him in the face at 304 Scenic Drive.

    According to court records, John sent an email on Monday to Lisa Lee, who is a member of the case management staff for the District Attorney General’s Office.

    He expressed his desire to not move forward with the legal proceedings.