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  • RCHS band gets $2,000 boost

    Roane County High School Band Director Zack Williamson received a gift that was music to his ears last Friday afternoon, as Jamestown Assisted Living Community presented the RCHS band with a check for $2,000.

  • Trustee’s office open last Saturday for tax payments

    Business has been slow this month at the Roane County Trustee’s Office, which is odd since this is one of two months the county receives most of its property tax revenue, according to officials.

    “That property tax comes in basically two times a year,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “It comes in December and it comes in February.”

  • Rockwood sewer repair bid less than $1 million

    The Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas Board took steps Tuesday to expedite emergency sewer line repairs.

    In a special-called meeting, the Board voted to approve a contract with Sevierville-based Adams and Sons Inc. to repair a sewer line that had failed Jan. 14. At the time of the break, Water Sewer and Gas General Manager Kim Ramsey estimated it might cost over $1 million for repairs, but bids for the project came in under that amount, she said.

    The Adams and Sons bid is $897,859.

  • READY TO RECONNECT

    For Carol Davis, it’s never too late to continue education.

    That is why Davis, who has raised her children as a working mom, hopes to finally attain that associates or bachelors degree thanks to Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to offer last dollar scholarships to adult students so they can attend community college for free.

    “I actually want to go back in business administration. My goal is to go back for a bachelor’s degree or associate’s. I think it would better my pay,” said Davis.

  • School board votes to build one new school

    High school education in Roane County could look vastly different in the future. Thursday night the Board of Education voted to build one new high school for the county.

    None of the county’s current five high schools would remain open under the plan. The new school would serve the Midway, Oliver Springs, Harriman, Roane County High and Rockwood districts.

    “There’s no looking back,” Vice Chairman Rob Jago said. “The decision is made. The real winners are our children. They’ve all won.”

  • RCHS teacher jailed for harassment

    John Plemens, a teacher at Roane County High School, was arrested for harassment Wednesday afternoon.

    “He’s been having some altercations with his ex-wife’s boyfriend,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said.

    According to the warrant filed in the case, Kingston Sgt. Roy Montgomery met with the alleged victim, Garvin Clay Morris, at the Roane County Sheriff’s Office Monday afternoon.

  • State admits Roane Central testing error

    Roane Central Utility Board thought it was in noncompliance for a byproduct of disinfection of drinking water in the last quarter of 2016, but further review has shown it was not in violation.

    Blaming it at first on an August sample, the total trihalomethanes was calculated at .082 milligrams per liter, which exceeds the maximum contaminant level of .080 milligrams per liter set for this parameter.

    TDEC has noted they miscalculated, however.

  • Midway senior arrested for threatening to 'shoot up school'

    A Midway High School senior was taken into custody late Thursday afternoon for allegedly threatening to "shoot up the school."

    A Roane County Sheriff's Office report identified the 18-year-old as Houston Knight of 935 Laurel Bluff Road, Kingston.

    A joint statement released by Sheriff Jack Stockton and District Attorney General Russell Johnson said Knight was arrested "in connection with an online posting allegedly making a false report of a threat" to the high school in the South of the River area of Roane County.

  • Smoot denied new trial

    Defense attorney Bob Jolley cited more than a dozen reasons why convicted murderer Shawn Smoot deserved a new trial.

    Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks wasn’t persuaded by any of them. He denied the motion on Monday.

    “The court has examined those and finds that they do not rise to the level necessary to grant the defendant any relief in this matter,” Wicks ruled. “Therefore, the court hereby denies the defendant’s motion for a new trial.”

  • Midway probe ongoing

    The investigation into an alleged threat at Midway High School was still ongoing as of Tuesday morning, Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said.

    “So far there hasn’t been anything during the investigation that would allow anybody to be charged with anything,” Phillips said. “That’s kind of where we’re at. Once we get to that point, we’ll bring it before the DA and his staff and go from there.”

    Phillips said he wasn’t sure when the investigation might conclude.