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  • GLIMPSES: More thoughts on Insure Tennessee

    By MARK BANKER

    Author’s note: The following three premises are essential to this column:

    1) None of us see the past or present with absolute clarity; 2) Each of us has the capacity for glimpses of informed insight that draw from and reflect our personal values; and 3) Cordial, forthright exchange of those insights enhances our mutual well being.

  • GUEST OPINION: Why run for public office?

    I spend a fair amount of time talking to students and other young people about Congress and politics in general, and I’ve noticed something.

    It used to be that I’d regularly get asked how one runs for office.

    Nowadays, I rarely do.

  • EMS head may get $10,000 pay bump

    Concerned that Roane County Ambulance Director Tim Suter might bolt for another job, the Budget Committee is recommending $10,000 be added to his salary line for the 2015-16 fiscal year.

    “He’s had offers,” Roane County Executive/Budget Committee Chairman Ron Woody said.

    Woody hired Suter last fall for $51,000, and gave him the opportunity to reach $60,000 if he performed well.

    On the job less than a year, he’s already made it up to the $60,000.

    “I’ve got him at his max,” Woody said.

  • I-40 crash kills one

    One person died and one person was injured in a single-vehicle car crash on Friday.

    The accident happened on the eastbound side of Interstate 40 near the 350 exit around 11:15 a.m.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated the crash.

    According to the report, Tonya R. Word of Knoxville was negotiating a right turn in a 2003 GMC Envoy when she ran off the interstate.

    The report said the car flipped several times and ended up on its pas-

    senger’s side.

    Word, 30, was killed in the wreck.

  • BATTY ABOUT MAGIC
  • College credits muddle ranking

    Officials with Roane County Schools aren’t finished looking at the system’s class ranking policy.

    Last month the Board of Education passed a revision to the policy on first reading that would allow students to be designated as a middle college valedictorian, in addition to the customary home school valedictorian.

    Middle college allows students to attend community college and earn an associate’s degree while still in high school.

  • Change house change of heart?

    Harriman officials may reconsider their stance on a building at the Harriman paper mill property.

    Inspired by passionate remonstrations of Mary Holley, the wife of Councilman Buddy Holley, Harriman City Council may discuss it at its workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 16.

    “I think you can bring it up again and keep that building (the change house),” she said.

    “We have a workshop next week if we want to bring it up again,” said Wayne Best, who as vice mayor was overseeing last week’s meeting.

  • Kids patrol waters in Sheriff’s Youth Academy

    Youngsters in the recent Sheriff’s Youth Academy got a big treat on the last day of class.

    They took a cruise on the Roane County Sheriff’s Office patrol boat along Watts Bar Lake.

    The weeklong course covers all aspects of law enforcement along with county and rescue agencies.

    “Our goal is so they are more comfortable with law enforcement and better understand our jobs,” Roane County Sheriff’s Lt. Daryl Cook said.

  • Kindergarten graduates