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  • Krazy Camp

    Harriman High School students deal with the unfolding chaos of the musical comedy “Krazy Kamp,” in which the enrollees of a misfit boys camp find their way to an upscale, sedate girls camp. The play was presented on May 21. Mizea McDowell, playing Officer Dumm throws up his hands. Seated on the right is Logan Stewart who played Elmer Crumb.

  • McGriff says goodbye

    Retiring Roane County Schools Director Toni McGriff shares a laugh with Midtown Elementary School Principal Glenna Treece at a reception for McGriff Wednesday.

  • A solemn remembrance

    Bowers Elementary assistant principal Kevin Ayers speaks to a group of students and family members at the Bowers Elementary School memory garden dedication Monday morning. The garden was being dedicated to Stephanie Brown, who, along with her sons Gage and Jackson (who both attended the school), and youngest son Grason, perished in a wreck last August.

  • No charges in Cawood profanity tirade

    Kingston attorney Chris Cawood exercised his right to free speech at the Roane County Sheriff’s Office on Monday — with a profanity laced tirade.

    Cawood wanted to give a piece of mail to Roane County Jail inmate Ralph O’Neal, but Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said policy requires that be sent via the post office. Cawood initially spoke with sheriff’s assistant Beth Sams and then demanded to speak to a supervisor.

  • Grads say farewell to high school
  • Special tyke gets outside place to play

    “We were told she wouldn’t get to come home,” Kingston resident Royal Sampson of her now 5-year-old daughter, Klaire, the youngest of  five children.

    Born on Jan. 14, 2007, with a rare chromosome disorder, trisomy 14 mosaic, Klaire eats through a feeding tube, breathes through a tracheostomy tube, sleeps on a ventilator 15 hours a day and gets around by scooting on the ground.

  • Rockwood dismissal suits vice mayor

    Rockwood City Council passed a resolution concerning the dismissal of former finance officer Joby Lancaster at its  meeting Monday.

    For Vice Mayor Peggy Evans, Lancaster’s dismissal didn’t come soon enough.

    “I’m just sorry we didn’t do it three years ago,” Evans said, referring to the time frame that the problems with late payments to the IRS first started occuring.


    A joint resolution honoring Roane State Community College for being named among the nation’s best community colleges is on display at the college’s main campus in Roane County.

    Roane State was ranked 27th among the top 500 community colleges nationwide, according to a StateUniversity.com survey released in March.

    Senate Joint Resolution 669 by state Sen. Randy McNally, state Sen. Ken Yager and state Rep. Julia Hurley recognized the achievement.

  • Accusations fly in assessor’s race

    Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham is accusing one of her opponents of being “desperate for money” because of a slip-and-fall lawsuit he has pending in Circuit Court.

    David Morgan is one of four people challenging Kirkham in the August election.
    Morgan, who lives in a condo in the Villages of Center Farm subdivision, sued Rockwood Electric Utility and the cities of Rockwood and Kingston in 2007.

    According to the lawsuit, he was taking out his trash on March 1, 2006, when he fell from a curb.

  • Roane State groundbreaking in Oak Ridge

    Roane State Community College will host a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, June 5, for its new Allied Health Sciences and Technology Building at the college’s Oak Ridge campus.

    The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at the campus, 701 Briarcliff Ave. The public is invited.