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  • Hook, line and sinker

    Madison Baker has been fishing since she was 4.

    The teen takes her hobby seriously, with more trophies than she can carry. She comes by the competitive spirit honestly.

    “My grandmother (Elizabeth Baker) did it professionally. It is just something I’ve always been taught to do, and I love fishing,” Baker said.

    Her mother, Ann, said Elizabeth fished in different circuits and often traveled to compete.

    It has paid off already.

    “She won a Ranger boat,” Ann said.

  • Bowers students getting exposure to undersea

    A group of Bowers Elementary School students are being taught about coral reefs this semester.

    Their connection with the topic is particularly interesting.

    Recently they met with Jessica Fain and Bruce Cantrell, two Roane State Community College professors who are vying to break a world record by living 73 days under the ocean at Jules Undersea Lodge in Key Largo, Fla.

    Fain and Cantrell also will be teaching a class and conducting live programs that will be available free to the public.

    What do the Bowers kids think about all this?


    Tennessee first lady Crissy Haslam was in Midtown Friday celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Roane County.

    Haslam and a big blue bus have been touring the state to celebrate the state program, which partners with Imagination Libraries and local programs to provide books to children from birth to age 5.

    “I am very passionate about this program,” Haslam said. “It is something all of Tennessee should be proud of.”

  • Same-sex divorce case headed to appeals



    Rockwood attorney Mark Foster filed a notice of appeal last week in the Roane County same-sex divorce case.

    Foster represents Frederick Michael Borman, who filed for divorce from Larry Kevin Pyles-Borman in March.

    The Roane County men were married in Iowa in 2010. Iowa doesn’t require people to be residents to get married there, but they do have to be residents of the state to get a divorce.

  • School board dips into reserves



    Roane County Board of Educatoin delved into the school district’s reserve funds to put textbook purchases, security cameras and maintenance projects back in the budget.

    The amendment was approved at Thursday’s regular school board meeting. A few days earlier, the board had cut the expenditures out of the budget in a special-called meeting.

  • More than candidates on Nov. 4 ballot



    Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said voters should easily be able to understand the constitutional amendments on the ballot for the Nov. 4 election.

    “It’s pretty straightforward,” he said about the wording.

    The amendments deal with abortion, the appointment of judges and a state income tax.

    Holiway said he suspects Amendment 1 – the one dealing with abortion – could draw the most interest.

  • Brummett again Commission chair



    District 4 Commissioner James Brummett will continue to serve as chairman of the Roane County Commission.

    He was elected to the position for the fifth straight time on Sept. 8.

    “We’re serving 54,000 people, and it’s overwhelming that I’m selected to do that,” Brummett said. “It’s certainly an honor, and I take it as such.”

    The chairman’s compensation is $287.04 per commission meeting.

  • More graduating from high school in Roane County



    Roane County School’s graduation rate continues to rise.

    For the 2013-14 school year the district’s overall graduation rate was 92.57 percent, a slight increase over last year’s 92.5 percent.

    “Overall, our teachers are refusing to allow kids to fail,” said secondary supervisor Russell Jenkins. “We raised the expectations for our students.”

    Children are encouraged to not just get a zero and not do the work.

  • Child rape suspect’s trial set for Dec. 11



    A trial date has been set in John Paul Little’s child rape case.

    Harriman police arrested Little, 38, on Sept. 9, 2012, on one count of child rape. He faces a total of four counts of child rape because three more were added when his case was presented to the Roane County grand jury on Feb. 19, 2013.

    Little has a status hearing scheduled for Nov. 3, and his trial is scheduled for Dec. 11.

  • Harriman officials par down manager list; interviews to take place this week



    Harriman City Council members will get their first peek at candidates for city manager during phone interviews next week.

    The top 13 candidates will be interviewed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in The Roane Alliance in Kingston.

    Council selected The Alliance office because of its capabilities to do live video chat in its meeting space.

    Municipal Technical Advisory Service narrowed down the list of 46 candidates to those to be interviewed initially.