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  • Progress
  • Roane man killed in OR crash

    From staff reports

    A Roane County man behind the wheel of an SUV was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Aug. 21, according to the Oak Ridge Police Department.

    The wreck reportedly happened on State Route 95 near Bethel Valley Road around 9:40 p.m.

    The driver, identified as 28-year-old Dylan Young, was killed.

    “The vehicle was traveling north on SR 95 when it left the roadway and struck a tree,” ORPD said in a post on its Facebook page.

  • Harriman approves budget with no tax increase

    By Richard Evans

    The Harriman City Council approved the second and final reading of the fiscal year 2019-2020 budget Tuesday evening.

    During a public hearing prior to the council meeting, no one showed up to express an opinion. Likewise, there was no discussion when council voted unanimously to approve the budget.

    The budget, which features no tax or fee increases, did offer a change from the first reading.

  • Fighting stigma of DOE’s presence locally

    The Energy Communities Alliance met in Oak Ridge earlier this month for a peer exchange on the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

    Park sites are located in Oak Ridge, Los Alamos, N.M. And Hanford, Wash.

  • Staying in line
  • Committee recommends borrowing $3.9 million for OS school project

    The Roane County Commission’s Budget Committee is recommending the county borrow an additional $3.9 million for the Oliver Springs school project.

    In May of 2018, the school system estimated the cost of the project at $5.373 million.

    The Commission borrowed the money, but the estimate was changed to $9.142 million after the Board of Education met with its architect in June.

    “We have $5.4 million roughly,” County Executive Ron Woody said.

  • Leffew issues opinion on questioned budget vote

    Roane County Attorney Greg Leffew has issued a six-page opinion on the Commission’s July 29 special-called meeting.

    At issue was whether the meeting adjourned before the budget resolution was reconsidered and whether the motion to reconsider the resolution was valid.

    Initially, the budget failed as amended 9-6 during meeting. The Commission moved on to the tax resolution, which passed 10-5.

    Afterwards, Chairman Randy Ellis recognized a motion by Commissioner Stanley Moore to adjourn and a second by Commissioner Ben Wilson.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: “The Mooch” sees the light: Of Trump — “he is crazy”

    Gentle reader, as you will recall, last week’s lead was the special DAR event scheduled for last Sunday in commemoration of the centennial of Harry T. Burn’s vote in the Tennessee House of Representatives that successfully completed the ratification process for the Nineteenth, or Suffrage, Amendment to the U. S. Constitution whereby the women folk of this great republic finally achieved the right to vote and by inference to hold office.

  • Body Recovered

    Searchers have recovered the body of a man who jumped off the Hwy. 70 bridge Tuesday.

    “The Roane County Rescue Squad, Kingston Fire, Kingston Police, some tips we got from Rockwood PD, some help from Roane County Sheriff’s Office made the recovery remarkably fast,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said.

    “I think from the time they started recovery, he was located within the first 20 minutes. Everything worked out great to bring closure to the family.”

  • Director looks for building direction

    LaDonna McFall, Roane County’s new director of schools, is trying to get caught up on the building issues facing the Board of Education and the County Commission.

    “Would the board be safe then planning on bringing all of our schools up to par and just keeping them all open?” she asked during Tuesday’s Budget Committee meeting.

    “Is that what I’m understanding you to say, and we take the consolidation part out of it?”