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  • Rockwood program gets slap

    State officials found Rockwood Revitalization did not complete its downtown visitors center within the time frame required for a state grant, but its president signed documents stating the group had.

    The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office release a report about that and the organization’s finances.

    The Roane County News previously reported Rockwood Revitalization was under the state comptroller’s radar after being contacted by a concerned citizen about the lagging completion of the visitors’ center and public restrooms.

  • Stealing from Mom?

    Holly M. Wilkins, a 31-year-old Kingston woman, was accused of stealing from her mother on Wednesday.

    Police were alerted about the alleged crime by an observant bank teller.

    Wilkins drove her mother, Rema Metcalf, to the First Tennessee Bank on North Kentucky Street in Kingston.

    Metcalf, according to the report, wanted to make a deposit at the drive-through window.

  • Could budget issues impact school’s start in fall?

    If the Roane County Board of Education sticks with its convictions, there’s no telling when the 2015-16 school year might start.

    “This year, I don’t think we need to start school until we have a budget set,” Sam Cox said at Wednesday’s budget work session.

    The current school year started on Aug. 6, but the Roane County Commission didn’t approve the county’s budget until Sept. 8. The budget didn’t include $1.017 million of additional revenue that the board had requested.

  • 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.