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  • Schools wait for final word on budget

    Last week’s action by the Roane County Commission’s budget committee hasn’t prompted the Board of Education to move on its request for a 29-cent increase in the property tax rate yet.

    “We won’t cut it until the full commission approves it or disapproves it,” Board Chairman Mike “Brillo” Miller said Monday.

  • TVA foundation money all gone

    Public image repair projects funded by the remaining $1 million in TVA money were approved by the Roane County Economic Development Foundation on Tuesday.

    Officials dissolved the foundation afterward.

    “I’d like to personally thank, on behalf of TVA, Roane County, Harriman, Rockwood, Oliver Springs and Kingston for these past six years and the great partnership that we’ve all worked together,” TVA executive Bob Deacy said. “I think we’ve come a long way.”

  • Top student writer looks to kin for inspiration

    For Rachel Smith, writing technique and inspiration come naturally.

    She used her memories of long winding drives to Kentucky, which always made her carsick, and colorful relatives to set the scene for a short story that was the overall winner of the Roane Writer’s Group annual student writing contest this year.

    “It was actually very easy for me to write because I loosely based it on some of my mother’s family from Kentucky,” Smith said. “I guess I should say very loosely ― they definitely are not that crazy.”

  • ‘Sidekick’ remark irks commissioner

    Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan got an earful when he appeared before the budget committee on April 28.

    Morgan has been critical of two members of the committee – County Executive Ron Woody and Commissioner Ron Berry – for traveling to Nashville on Feb. 26 for the State Board of Equalization meeting.

    “I just want to clear the record,” Berry told Morgan. “If you go back to Nashville, I’ll be back in Nashville.”

    Morgan was under fire in Nashville for his handling of the 2015 Roane County reappraisal.

  • Learning from the top lawman

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton gives a tour of the jail to students, from left, Bobby Jackson, Harriman High; Alexa Stephens, Oliver Springs High, and Sarah Rose, Roane County High.

    The three were among the students chosen to shadow the sheriff during Friday’s Student Government Day.

    The event, a cooperative effort of area American Legion Posts and Roane County Government, allows students from each county high school to spend time with officials they were selected to represent.

  • Lighter fluid used in quarrel: Girlfriend said beau attempted to torch her

    A Kingston man was arrested last week for allegedly trying to set his girlfriend on fire.

    Tyler Wright, 22, was charged with aggravated domestic assault. He was still in custody at the Roane County Jail on Friday.

    According to the arrest warrant, Kingston police responded to 518 Greenwood St. on April 28 to investigate a domestic incident.

  • Papermill buildings’ fate at stake

    Will remnants of the old papermill property in Harriman remain on the site?

    That is one of the big decisions Harriman officials will have to make as the property is cleaned up, and officials are considering whether it would be worthwhile to keep at least three structures for future use and their historical value.

  • Big donation for Michael Dunn Center

    State Sen. Ken Yager and state Rep. Kent Calfee visited Michael Dunn Center recently to present a $10,000 grant from Brown-Foreman Corp.
    This is the second investment Brown-Foreman has made in Roane County.

    Last year the company donated to the Chamber’s Education Matters! program.

    “I am real pleased and appreciative the generosity of Brown-Foreman,” Yager said.

    “We will just continue to work and raise funds for Michael Dunn.”

  • Sentenced to prison, but still at jail: Clark convicted for mugging 84-year-old

    Nine months after he was sentenced to prison for mugging an 84-year-old Kingston woman, Benjamin Heath Clark is still being held at the Roane County Jail.

    It’s not clear when, or if, he will go to a state prison.

    “There is not set or standard time frame,” said Robert Reburn, a spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Correction.

    Kingston police described the mugging of 84-year-old Eleanor Rogers as an “attack.”

    It happened on Dec. 3, 2012, when she was about to enter a nail salon on Kentucky Street.