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  • 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.

  • High school building program talks to be part of board session

    The Roane County Board of Education is expected to have “discussion of high school building program” during its meeting on Thursday.

    That item is listed under new business on the board’s agenda.

    The future of the county’s high schools was one of the highlights of a retreat the school board held last month at Roane State Community College. The board met with Lewis Group Architects and went over five scenarios that the firm came up with last year.

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  • TAKE A CHANCE on a boat slip

    After more than a year of planning and implementation, 18 city-owned boat slips are officially up for grabs in Kingston.

    The slips fall under the direction of the Kington Parks and Recreation Department, which currently has applications and lease agreements available for potential slip renters.

    Fourteen rules/regulations are tentatively in place for the slip usage. Prohibitions include overnight camping, alcohol consumption and fueling operations.

    There are also some stipulations on the parking facilities, which will allow for passenger vehicles only.

  • Woman en route to jail accused of exposing breast

    A Kingston woman allegedly exposed her breast to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office deputy while she was in the back of a patrol car on the way to jail.

    The alleged act led to an indecent exposure charge for Marissa Bethany Nemitz, who was already under arrest on a child support attachment.

    The incident happened on Feb. 7. According to the warrant, Deputy Michael Murphy was dispatched to 831 New Midway Road around 9 a.m. to investigate a suspicious 911 call.

  • Sheriff launches Midway High probe

    From staff reports

    Law-enforcement officials were tight-lipped Friday about an investigation going on at Midway High School.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips confirmed an investigation was ongoing, but he wouldn’t discuss what or who is being looked at.

    “I know people want more than that, but with the investigation ongoing we can’t talk about the details of the case or about who may or may not be involved,” he said.