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  • Marjorie Earick, 72, dies

    Roane County Board of Education Member Everett Massengill has heard a lot of speeches in his more than two decades on the board.
    One of the most memorable ones came from former board member Marjorie Earick in 2011.

    “That was one of the best,” Massengill said Wednesday.
    The board held a special-called meeting to decide whether to grant then-director of schools Toni McGriff a one-year contract extension. The meeting was so intense that McGriff left the room. 

  • Women try to take $644 in goods

    Rockwood police have accused two Lenoir City women of using a self-checkout machine to try and rip off Walmart.
    Kayla Smallen, 24, and Donette Hightower, 30, are charged with theft.
    According to Rockwood police, Hightower scanned $644.56 worth of merchandise at the self checkout on Sept. 11, and then asked for the items to be voided.

  • Man dies in Hwy. 327 wreck

    From STAFF REPORTS
    Criminal charges are pending in a single-vehicle wreck that claimed the life of an Oliver Springs man on Sunday.
    The wreck was on Hwy. 327 around 8:30 p.m.
    According to a report by Trooper Matthew Armes, Otto Joseph Flachbart III of Lenoir City was driving north in a truck with three passengers.
    The vehicle failed to make a turn and overturned.
    Passenger Fred M. Collins Jr., 48, was killed.
    The report said Flachbart and the other passengers, identified as Cody A. York and Freddy R. Collins, were not injured.

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  • Stevens leaves private practice to join prosecutor

    Kingston attorney Terry L. Stevens II has joined the staff of District Attorney General Russell Johnson as an assistant district attorney.

    Stevens was sworn in at a ceremony by Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen.

    The number of assistant district attorneys in the 9th Judicial District had not grown since the 1990s, when Charles Hawk was in office.

    It took lobbying by Johnson to create the position that Stevens filled.

  • Grandsparents celebrated at Midtown Elementary

      Extra smiles and giggles filled Midtown Elementary’s cafeteria last week as grandparents enjoyed lunch with their grandchildren to celebrate Grandparents Day.
       “This is a big day for us,” Kendra Inman, principal at Midtown, said “The children have been so excited and looking forward to it.”
       Quentin Kolski, fifth grader, enjoyed a Thanksgiving style lunch with his Nana and Papaw Tuesday.
       This was Frank and Pat Kolski’s first time visiting Quentin’s school.

  • Prescriptions for cold meds won’t prompt drug cartels, DA insists

    A scare tactic, or a legitimate concern?
    That’s part of the debate surrounding law enforcement’s effort to make people get a prescription to buy medicines containing pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

    Carlos Gutierrez, senior director of state government affairs for the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, said violent Mexican drug cartels are one of the repercussions of prescription-only pseudoephedrine laws.  

  • Mayor eyes change to ‘pass’ vote

    Potential changes to the Rockwood City Charter will be discussed by city officials this week.
    “We aren’t talking about a great deal of changes, per se,” said Mayor James Watts.
    “What we are looking at, as you know, we changed our election date. Our charter says our election will be held in June. That kind of thing.”
    The Rockwood City Council workshop on the charter will begin at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 19, in Rockwood City Hall.

  • Closed roadway not all it’s cracked up to be?

    Wanda Smith regularly traveled Airport Road until recently, when Roane County Highway Department closed the road to through traffic.
    The Morgan County businesswoman, who owns the Trading Post in Pine Orchard, is anxious to see the road repaired. She cites the inconvenience of traveling extra miles through Westel or taking Interstate 40.
    “I have a business on Airport Road,” she said. We have to travel all the way around Westel all the way around to get to the bank in Rockwood.
    “I’m not the only one.”