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  • A View From Lick Skillet: A Multitudinous Miscellany, Assortment, & Mix

    Gentle reader, most of the time we have one or two themes for these weekly sermons, but occasionally there will have been a whole slew of occurrences of which we wish to take note that are totally unrelated.

    This is one of those occasions, so this week’s column is made up of several unrelated items, some this, some that, or a general assortment.

  • OS man charged in fatal 2016 crash

    A man is facing charges from a deadly crash that occurred in 2016.

    Jeffrey D. Walters, 33, was booked into the Roane County Jail on Monday on charges of vehicular homicide by intoxication, vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and reckless endangerment.

    The crash occurred on May 8, 2016. The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated.

  • Roads still rough

    More than nine months have gone by since the Roane County Commission voted to accept portions of the roads in Pioneer Village Subdivision. Nothing has changed about their rough state, however.

    “We’ve had to do a lot of legal stuff,” County Commissioner and Road Committee Chairman Junior Hendrickson said.

    Pioneer Village is located south of Rockwood. For years, residents complained about the bad condition of the roads. County officials said they were unable to help the situation because the roads were private.

  • Rockwood green lights signal replacement

    The cities of Harriman and Rockwood have agreed to work together to repair the traffic light where their city limits meet on Hwy. 27 and Patton Lane.

    Rockwood City Council approved a request Monday from the city of Harriman to share expenses on replacing the signals.

    “They would like us to split the cost with them on the traffic light and go to an LED,” Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller explained.

    Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms provided a $22,000 quote from Progression Electric LLC. Each city would pay $11,100.

  • Retailer’s sign falls atop car

    The sign at a Rockwood video game store fell onto a woman’s car.

    The incident happened on Friday around 7 p.m. No injuries were reported.

    “I was dispatched to GameStop located at 1136 N. Gateway Ave., in Rockwood on a business sign that had fallen and hit a vehicle parked in the parking lot,” Officer Kendall Mitchell wrote in his report.

    “Once on scene I spoke to Ms. Morgan Rich, who stated she had parked her vehicle in front of the GameStop store and went into Cato next door.”

  • County eyeing South Roane squad building

    Roane County officials are looking to purchase the South of the River Rescue Squad building.

    “We house an ambulance down there now,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “If we leave that facility, you pull an ambulance out of that community.”

    County Commissioners Carolyn Granger and Darryl Meadows submitted a resolution for the May 14 Commission meeting to purchase the rescue squad building for $258,000.

    The resolution also included an option to lease the building for 60 months at $2,500 per month.

  • House razing heads to court

    Rockwood is taking two more property owners to Roane County Chancery Court to address cleanup issues.

    Rockwood City Council approved resolutions to authorize a Chancery Court suit to enforce a building inspector order to demolish structures at 409 N. Lenoir Ave. and 709 N. Wilder Ave.

    “This means we’ve exhausted all other means of getting this resolved, correct?” said Councilman Dudley Evans.

    “Yes,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

  • Kingston pool opening on May 29

    The swimming pool at Kingston Community Center will open for the summer season on May 29.

    Public swimming hours will be from 1 to 4:30 p.m. weekdays from May 29-Aug. 12.

    Admission is $2.50 per person; ages 60 and older are admitted free.

    Season pool passes are available for $70 each or $130 for a families with up to six members. A 10-percent discount will be offered through June 16.

    Free water exercise and short-lap swimming for adults will be from noon to 12:45 p.m. weekdays June 4-Aug. 10.

  • From the Editor’s Desk: Wheel tax vote gives you a say, but not about school plan

    Ever since the debate over the school building program began, I’ve been trying to focus on the benefits of improving education rather than the cost.

    After all, if improving education can solve half the problems outlined in The Roane Alliance President Wade Creswell’s K-14 presentation, $68 million could turn out to be a bargain.

    I am certain that improving educational achievement will absolutely be worth every penny we can afford to spend.

  • Schools budget 1 percent employee pay raises

    The Roane County Board of Education passed its budget for the 2018-19 school year on Thursday.

    The budget includes an across-the- board 1 percent pay raise for school system employees.

    “One percent for everybody,” school board business manager Eric Harbin said.

    Proposed expenditures for the 2018-19 school year are approximately $67.7 million.

    The Roane County Commission’s Budget Committee will review the school budget before it goes to the full commission for a vote later this year.