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  • County plan developed for image-repair money

    The Roane Alliance has a plan for the county’s ash spill public image repair funds.

    In a Nov. 5 letter to Roane County Executive Ron Woody and county commissioners, Alliance President Wade Creswell proposes a three-phase approach that includes design and creation of award-winning quality websites that emphasize tourism and economic development and interstate signage that highlights Watts Bar Lake. The plan also calls for signage that creates a sense of a welcoming, small-town atmosphere.  

  • 11 magic number for snow-day misses

    Just like last year, Roane County Schools has 11 snow days built into its calendar.

    None have been used so far, but that could change with the cold weather months approaching.

    “I don’t really have any long-term predictions, but we think we’ll be OK as far as the number of days that we have,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said.

    “We should be good with 11.”

    A harsh winter caused the school system to use all but one of its inclement weather days last school year.

  • New officials meet today in Rockwood

    Rockwood City Council’s current and incoming members will meet for the first time today, Monday, at a special-called workshop.

    The workshop will begin at 6 p.m. in Rockwood City Hall.

    “We will be showing new members and refreshing old members on the charter, the budget, our debt, board structure, employee structure and any other things that we feel will help get the new mayor and council off to a good start,” said Rockwood City Administrator Becky Ruppe.

  • Proposed fee to go to legal defense of poor

    Collecting court costs has been a problem in Roane County for years.

    Public Defender Kim Nelson is a former circuit court clerk, whose office is responsible for collecting those fees.

    But that didn’t stop Nelson, who gave up the seat after one term to run for her present office, from asking the Roane County Commission to approve another cost for the courts to try to collect.

  • Scarves and more at this year’s Christmas Ideas Fair

    Madge Jackson shows off some off the scarves that were for sale at the annual Roane County Family and Community Education Clubs’ Christmas Ideas Fair last week in Kingston Community Center. Alongside the homemade crafts and decorating ideas, a homecooked meal was offered, with both lunch and dinner served up on Thursday. The FCE organization holds the crafts fair every year to raise money for its Betty McGlasson Scholarship Fund.


  • Election 2014: Roane County Precinct-by-Precinct Results
  • Loan will enable OR to extend gas to eastern Roane

    Oak Ridge Utility District is the recipient of a Community Facility loan which will help the utility extend service to rural residents and small businesses in eastern Roane County.

    “Making infrastructure investments like this not only provides more citizens the benefit of

    access to natural gas energy, it puts people to work now and it lays

    the foundation for improved sustainable growth in the future,” said USDA Rural Development State Director Bobby Goode.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Now they’ve got it, what will they do with it?

    Nirvana, gentle reader. As you well know, nirvana is a state of bliss, of happiness, free of pain, want, or other concerns normal to human existence. It has always seemed unlikely that we should ever achieve or experience this state of complete contentment, but, come New Year’s Day, no doubt we will, for that is the day that the great Republican Upheaval becomes operative and the winners in Tuesday’s election triumph assume their various offices in the state and national government.

  • New mayor for Oliver Springs

    Oliver Springs voters decided to make some big changes.

    Mayor Chris Hepler will be going out of office, and he'll be replaced by newcomer Jerry Vann, who owns Vann's Auto Parts.

    “I appreciate the voters that came out and voted for me. Hopefully, we can get some good things done for the city,” Vann said.

    “It is all about the citizens. It is not about the town council,” he added.

    Vann has a family history of public office, but this is his first time seeking a seat.