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  • Roane County robotics team breaking gender barriers

    Roane County High School’s robotics team is kicking into high gear, busier than ever before in its third year of competiton.

    This year, the team is building two robots instead of one.

    “The game is very competitive this year and very hectic, so we aren’t sure which will work best,” said team captain Cothran Theiss, a junior. “We are going to see which one performs better once we have it built.”

    It’s a totally different game this season, according to Theiss.

    Each competition has been different.

  • Students treated to magic show
  • UT hat robber strikes again

    On the five-year anniversary of his last bank robbery, Bryan Scott Samples was allegedly at it again.

    According to the FBI, Samples robbed a Y-12 Federal Credit Union in Knoxville on Jan. 23.

    On that day in 2010, he robbed an ORNL Federal Credit Union in Knoxville.

    The FBI identified Samples, 43, as a Kingston resident.

    He wore a hat with a University of Tennessee “Power T” on it in the ORNL robbery. He is also alleged to have worn a “Power T” hat in last week’s robbery of the Y-12 branch at 6640 Clinton Hwy.

  • Roane man charged with raping teens

    A man classified as a violent sex offender is accused of raping two Roane County High School students.

    The alleged crimes did not occur at the school.

    The suspect, Matthew Brandon Hall, was arrested last Friday.

    He’s charged with aggravated assault and two counts of rape.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Detective A.E. Wolff responded to Roane County High last week after school administrators notified authorities that two students had came forward with allegations against Hall.

  • A little sugar frosting
  • Charges lodged in starved dog’s death

    Harriman police have charged a couple with animal cruelty.

    James Allen Davis, 38, and Angela R. Stiles, 41, both of 902 Crescent St., Harriman, owned Max, a Sharpei breed that died last week due to poor health.

    Max was almost lifeless on Jan. 21, when he was taken to the Roane County Animal Shelter.

    He was euthanized Friday, Jan. 23 after being taken in by the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley.

  • No raise for airport director

    Rockwood Municipal Airport manager Danny Collins is not getting a $4,000 annual increase proposed in a contract renewal.

    Rockwood City Council tabled the item last month, and opinions had changed little since that time, including the disapproval of Councilman Harold Holloway.

    “The last meeting I was against it. That hasn’t changed,” said Holloway.

    Holloway said he has nothing against Collins, but he said the raise would put him above that of other department heads.

  • Red Cross CPR class
  • Coal ash films to be followed by public Q&A

    On Thursday, Feb. 5, members of Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM) and Working Films will host a free open community discussion on the continuing impact of TVA’s coal ash landfill and what it means for the future of local communities.

    SOCM has partnered with members of the community since the 2008 spill.

    These efforts are being made to better inform the communities affected by the 2008 coal ash spill since TVA is currently seeking modifications to their permit.

  • Kingston Library prepares for a new era

    The focus of improvements at the Kingston Public Library have been on the building itself: expansion, maintenance and renovation of the building itself.

    That is expected to change soon. This week, Kingston Library Board members hope to choose a new library director who’ll focus on people and programming. A special-called meeting at the library has been set for Thursday at 5 p.m., when board members will choose from a handful of finalists.

    The board voted to let longtime library director Steve Jacks go last fall.