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  • Higher costs for higher education in Tennessee

    Roane County students at Roane State Community College and other institutions of higher learning in Tennessee can expect to pay more next year.

    The Tennessee Board of Regents approved tuition increases in the system on Friday that mean students at community colleges will pay 3.4 percent more for maintenance fees/tuition.

    The total price increase for an in-state student taking a full-time course load of 12 credit hours will be $120 per year.

  • Tyler Farmer’s Meigs case continued to July 16

    The case against William Tyler Farmer in Meigs County General Sessions Court got continued last week.

    Farmer, of 156 Greystone Way in Kingston, is charged with manufacturing, delivery, sale and possession of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of a weapon, DUI and possession of a handgun while under the influence.

    According to the warrant filed in the case, Decatur Police Officer Billy Long stopped Farmer on Hwy. 58 on June 12.

    Long reported finding pills, steroids, firearms and ammunition in Farmer’s vehicle.

  • More bears out there

    From staff reports

    Add Oliver Springs to the list of locales for bear sightings.

    A black bear was seen last Monday crossing bustling Hwy. 61 and heading up toward Windrock Mountain, Oliver Springs Police Chief Ken Morgan said.

    Morgan said it was only a matter of a few minutes after the sighting that the bear disappeared up the mountain.

    “They gave it a verbal warning and sent it along its way,” the police chief quipped.

  • Snow went from clerk to foreman of grand jury

    Charles C. Snow retired as Roane County circuit court clerk in 1986. However, he’s been able to stay involved with the court system by serving as foreman of the grand jury.

    When contacted last week, Snow couldn’t recall the exact date he took over the position, but said he believes he’s been doing it since the 1990s.

    “I’ve been fortunate I haven’t been sick or nothing,” he said. “I’ve always been able to be there.”

  • Middle College students excel in inaugural year

    The first year of Roane State Community College’s Middle College program is over, and high school students from Roane County proved they could thrive academically.

    Twenty-six juniors finished the first of the two-year Middle College program in May.

    “I cannot say enough positive things about the achievements of this group,” said Diane Ward, Roane State vice president of student learning. “To see two of them win these outstanding academic awards is phenomenal.”

  • TDOT tackling several road projects next week

    Motorists traveling in and through Roane County this week might want to add a few minutes to their travel time.

    The Tennessee Department of Transportation is beginning a number of paving and construction projects this week.

    The areas include:

    • Hwy. 61 between the Roane County line (Log Mile 0) and Midway Drive (Log Mile 2.7) in Anderson County — Motorists should be alert for temporary lane closures daily through this project as crews construct turn lanes in this area.

  • Pemberton’s first case overturned

    The Tennessee Court of Appeals has reversed Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton’s decision to toss out a slip-and-fall lawsuit against the Kingston Hardee’s.

    “We conclude that the trial court erred in granting the motion for summary judgment,” the Court of Appeals said in an opinion released on Monday.

    The Court of Appeals remanded the case back to Roane County Circuit Court for further proceedings.

  • Tax official says past dustups no problem

    Despite a history of run-ins, Property Assessor David Morgan said he’s prepared to work with Roane County Board of Equalization Chairman T.H. Brown.

    In March, Brown sent a letter to Roane County Executive Ron Woody regarding possible “spot reappraising” that has occurred under Morgan’s watch.

    The letter has sparked a review by the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury.

    The county board convenes each year to hear appeals from property owners who are unhappy with their assessments.