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Today's News

  • Lower school plan cost?

    The Roane County Board of Education has scheduled a 6 p.m. work session on Monday “for the purpose of discussing the high school building program site and potential savings to the project cost,” according to a public notice the school system sent out.

    The notice, which was sent out on Thursday, also said a special-called meeting will follow the work session.

    The purpose of the meeting, according to the notice, is “to amend the proposed cost of high school building program.”

  • Free computer classes June 9 at Kingston library

    Two free computer classes will be offered June 9 in Kingston Public Library.

    A Microsoft Word class will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

    Though the class will focus on a résumé as a project, the information to be shared will give a general knowledged about Word.

    The second class, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., will focus on using the “insert” and “page layout” menus of Microsoft Word.

    No registration is necessary.

  • Details emerge about pill ring

    More details have been uncovered in last month’s large pill and cash seizure. According to a May 24 press release issued by the District Attorney General’s Office, pills, guns, body armor, illegal steroids, a cash-counting machine and more than $38,000 in cash was seized at a residence South of the River on May 21.

    A narrative filed in a forfeiture case reveals how the residence got the attention of authorities.

  • Game shop ‘will not open again,’ owner says after Packard’s raid

    Packard’s Games & Movies in Kingston remained closed this week — and it might stay that way.

    “The Kingston store is closed now and will not be open again,” general manager John Packard said via email on Tuesday.

    A law enforcement task force raided the store on May 24. The search warrant authorizing the raid has yet to be made public. A large Penske moving truck was backed up to the front door of the Packard’s, and officers could be seen putting items into boxes and putting them on the truck.

  • Five things to consider before taking on school consolidation plan

    Five things to consider regarding the Roane County Board of Education high school consolidation plan:

    1) Where is the research data that supports the proposed consolidation strategy (K-14) improving educational outcomes for Roane County students?

  • Going With the Flo: Clarence’s dream lives on, through kids and his farm

    My stones of Remembrance this Memorial Day: My husband’s dream — a family farm and four children. Clarence and I agreed that I should work through the summer for the FBI, since I had just been cleared and he would return to the canning factory in Illinois and work for college money. We would return in the fall to Tennessee Tech, continue our education and be married.

    I left for Washington, D.C., the morning after graduating from Harriman High.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Roane County High out ranks 237 other schools

    Gentle reader, we did not intend to devote this week’s column to the Mega-school issue, but an aspect of this matter has recently come to our attention which we feel compelled to bring to your attention as well, as it has implications of a very serious nature bearing on the status of the School Board, the County Commission, the Roane Alliance, and most important of all, of Roane County High School.

  • Man accused of assault and kidnapping

    A Harriman man is accused of assaulting a woman and forcing her to remain at a home against her will.

    James Wampler, 36, was arrested when police served a search warrant on May 23 at the Roberts Street residence where the incident is believed to have occurred.

    “He used a weapon. That is the reason for the search warrant was to recover the weapon,” said Police Chief Kenneth Humphrey. “The weapon was a blunt object.

    Wampler is charged with aggravated domestic assault and aggravated kidnapping.

  • Staying COOL in the POOL
  • Former Roane man on the run

    Steven Joshua Wiggins, the man wanted in connection with the shooting death of a sergeant with the Dickson County Sheriff’s Office, has ties to Roane County.

    Harriman resident Sara Pierce said she and Wiggins were classmates at the old Central Intermediate School in Harriman.

    “He kicked a teacher and was expelled for that,” Pierce said. “I didn’t see him again after that because he didn’t stay in the school system.”