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  • 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.”

  • School board to appoint interim at Sat. session

    Roane County Board of Education Chairman Rob Jago has called a Saturday morning emergency board meeting to accept Director of Schools Leah Watkins’ resignation and appoint an interim director of schools.

    “I haven’t heard a name one,” Board Member Mike “Brillo” Miller said Wednesday, when asked who the interim director might be.

    Jago indicated it could be someone currently working in the central office.

  • Rockwood police bust alleged pot grow operation

    A Rockwood man is facing a felony charge for an alleged indoor marijuana grow operation.

    Police discovered it by happenstance on Wednesday. According to the report, Rockwood officer Jared Hall and Sgt. Jason Halliburton went to 516B W. Baldwin St. to attempt to locate Angelyn Selby on a warrant.

    “While we were behind the house we saw a large outbuilding with an open door,” the report said. “I noticed that this building had power ran to it and had a lot of carpentry work done to it.”

  • SUMMER’S BIG KICK
  • Rockwood leaders set to finalize ‘fine’ budget

    Rockwood City Council will consider final reading of its budget at its meeting at 6 p.m. Monday.

    No tax increase is planned for the $7.2 million budget.

    “I think it will be a fine budget. I think it is great we can go with another budget without a tax increase,” Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller said.

    The city also hopes to continue raising its fund balance, which they estimate will be a beginning fund balance of $1.1 million at the beginning of fiscal year 2018-19.

    Last year’s beginning fund balance was $841,891.

  • Rockwood utilities making plans for 2 downtown facilities

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas heard from local firms anxious to plan out the design of their new facilities.

    The utility is looking at an office complex in downtown where the former Junior’s Restaurant is and a large space not far away on Front Street for warehousing and vehicles.

    “I really don’t think we have a bad choice. I think the top four are well qualified,” said manager Kim Ramsey following the four hours of hearing from leading engineering and architectural firms.

  • Elmore, Watson on regional board

    Amid much praise and a single dissenting voice, the Roane County Commission voted 15-0 on Monday to appoint Charles Elmore to the Regional Library Board.

    “I recommend him highly,” Commissioner Carolyn Granger said.

    Resident Roberta Dennis asked the Commission to consider someone else when she addressed officials on the matter during public comment.

    “It needs to be an experienced person and someone that’s trustworthy,” she said.

    Elmore responded to her accusations.