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    School and county officials heard about the programs and facilities that could be offered at a new consolidated high school on Thursday.

    “We can actually see what’s going to be in that school,” said Richard Foster, director of design for Lewis Group Architects.

    The firm was hired by the Roane County Board of Education to work on the new school project.

    “We’ve really been listening to the community to get a sense of what the community is really wanting out of a new high school,” Foster said.

  • Library latest recipient of Defenders benevolence

    Kingston Public Library’s children’s program is the latest beneficiary of the hard work and generosity of the Tennessee Valley Chapter of the Defenders Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club.

    The Defenders, whose members include law enforcement and emergency workers, recently donated a check for $1,000 to the library.

    “It will be a big help,” said librarian Emily Steele.

    Steele said the money will help purchase books, seasonal decorations and other items needed by the children’s program.

  • Students meet, beat academic targets

    More Roane County students are meeting course expectations.

    Roane County Schools reduced the percentage of students that performed below course expectations in every individual TNReady end-of-course subject for the 2016-17 school year, according to the Tennessee Department of Education.

    “We are excited about the work occurring in our schools and we certainly attribute these results to the outstanding focus of our educators in addressing the needs of these students,” Roane County Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said.

  • Grocer won’t tolerate theft

    The owner of the Rockwood IGA was hurt during a tussle with an alleged shoplifter on Tuesday.

    According to the police report, Roger Sharp sustained a head injury and was taken to Roane Medical Center.

    Police identified the alleged shoplifter as 41-year-old Misty Dawn Presswood of 804 Clifty St., Harriman. She’s charged with shoplifting, reckless endangerment and driving on a revoked or suspended license.

    Rockwood Police Officer Vianney Del Toro responded to the IGA to investigate a shoplifting report just after 8 p.m.

  • Shooting suspect nabbed
  • No word from state officials

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson is still waiting to hear from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation about its oversight role during the ash spill cleanup.

    “I met with two assistant attorney generals,” Johnson said. “They advised that they had met with TDEC officials and TDEC general counsel and decided that TDEC should make the formal response to me.”

  • Hardee’s worker reportedly accepted drugs at counter

    An employee at the Hardee’s in Rockwood was cited for allegedly receiving drugs from her boyfriend while at work.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Kendall Mitchell was dispatched to the restaurant on a drug call on Aug. 26 at 6:15 p.m.

  • HARVEY brings out Tennessee’s volunteer spirit

    Tennessee has long been known for helping those in need, so there’s no doubt the Volunteer State will do its part to help the recovery efforts in Texas from the remnants of Hurricane Harvey.

    However, the best thing people can do now is wait.

    “Right now, the word I’m getting is don’t get in a hurry,” said Randy Roper, director of missions of Big Emory Baptist Association.

  • Roane giving Jim Henry a special day

    Roane County will honor Jim Henry this fall with “Jim Henry Day.”

    Henry is the former mayor of Kingston, who served 12 years as a state representative.

    “Jim has served this community for a long time,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “He’s served this nation as a veteran of Vietnam.”

    Henry has also had a leadership role on Gov. Bill Haslam’s staff since Haslam took office in 2011.

  • No more Monday court lines

    Monday holidays like Labor Day should no longer pose a problem for the Roane County General Sessions Court criminal docket.

    For decades, the docket has been heard on Mondays, but it will move to Tuesdays starting on Sept. 5, which is the day after Labor Day.

    “We have so many holidays that fall on a Monday when the courthouse is closed,” Circuit Court Clerk Ann Goldston said. “The dockets seem to back up, so it makes them heavier. We’re not closed as much on Tuesdays.”