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  • Miller: School plan cheaper than 5

    The debate over the school building program continues to plow familiar ground as county leaders wrestle with what could be the biggest financial decision in the county’s history.

    During a meeting held at Roane County High School Thursday, members of the Board of Education and County Commission continued an attempt to convince skeptical commissioners to provide funding for the proposed $68 million school building program.

    The plan involves consolidating high schools in Harriman, Kingston and Rockwood into a new building near Roane State Community College.

  • Flower power
  • Life Choices

    A new pregnancy center called Life Choices of Roane County aimed at helping young mothers in crisis pregnancies to choose life for their unborn children is taking shape.

    A group of women who became known as the Life Ladies held the first informational meeting to garner support last month.

    “We met about a year ago and started praying about what to do. At that point we started volunteering at the Dayton Care Center,” said Michelle Watkins.

  • Former federal inmate lands back behind bars

    A woman who was recently released from federal prison got into some trouble in Rockwood.

    Tawny Michelle Inman, 28, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia following an April 29 traffic stop on Tedder Street.

    According to the report, she was a passenger in a vehicle driven by James Harrison Ledford.

    Rockwood Police Department Sgt. Jason Halliburton said he stopped the vehicle because he suspected Ledford didn’t have a valid driver’s license and he recalled seeing Ledford’s name on an active warrants list.

  • Feeding the community
  • Kingston achieves best fire rating in county’s history

    The city of Kingston has achieved the best fire protection insurance rating in the history of Roane County.

    City officials announced this week that Kingston’s Insurance Services Office rating has been reduced to a 2, effective Aug. 1.

    ISO is an insurer-supported organization that provides advisory insurance underwriting and rating information to insurers.

    The rating system is 1-10, with a score of 1 being the best.

    The rating comes after an extensive audit of equipment and training, said Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon.

  • No tax increase unless ...

    The process of putting a county budget together for the 2018-19 fiscal year is half finished, according to officials.

    “All funds are in good shape,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    Woody is chairman of the Budget Committee, which has been working on the budget for several weeks now.

  • Audit: Ex-staffer stole $150K

    A former employee of the Oliver Springs Housing Authority is accused of making personal purchases of almost $150,000 with the Housing Authority’s credit cards in an investigative audit released this week by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office.

    Comptroller investigators reviewed accounting records, bank statements, credit card statements and supporting documentation for the period beginning Dec. 1, 2015, through the time of the employee’s termination in April 2017.

  • Fields of DREAMS

    The site where the Roane County Board of Education is planning to build a new consolidated high school might not even be suitable to construct such a facility.

    “So we don’t even know if the land is suitable to build on yet?” Commissioner Junior Hendrickson asked during a work session last week.

    “I think that’s a risk,” Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins responded.

  • TVA funds go to lights

    New downtown lights and street signs with directional information will soon be finding their way into historic downtown Harriman.

    The changes are among some of the last beautification measures the city will be doing with TVA money it received after the Dec. 22, 2008, ash spill.

    The large directional signs at each intersection on Roane Street will point travelers toward areas of interest, such as churches and businesses.