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  • Leffew, Foster officially in new city capacities

    Rockwood has a new city judge and a new city attorney, both of whom were sworn in last week.

    Greg Leffew, who was sitting city judge, vacated that seat in order to serve as the city attorney, a position left vacant due to the death of longtime city attorney Elmer Rich in late March.

    “Now you have to come sit at the hot seat,” city recorder Becky Ruppe told Leffew in reference to the seat where Rich once sat at her table in City Council chambers.

  • Kingston to look at beer laws

    Kingston City Council members are thinking about beer.

    Not necessarily a beer — a tall, frosty one, a tasty libation after a long day of local legislating. But rather, beer ordinances. And more specifically, where one can buy said beverage with respect to schools, churches and other civic institutions.

    At a recent session, council members considered the city’s beer ordinance, which requires retail beer sellers to be at least 250 feet, lot line to lot line, from schools, churches, hospitals and certain other institutions.

  • OS vice principal charge dismissed

    The domestic assault case against Oliver Springs High School Assistant Principal Donna R. Moore was dismissed in Morgan County General Sessions Court last Thursday.

    “She was very relieved to have it over with as anyone would be who was in that situation,” her attorney Browder Williams said.

    Donna Moore was arrested on Jan. 26 after her husband, Craig Moore, accused her of assault.

    He didn’t show up in court last Thursday. His attorney, Jamie Brooks, asked that the case be dismissed, according to court records.

  • Mayfield touts business experience in campaign stop

    Scottie Mayfield is well known for his line of dairy products. This year he’s looking to gain a name  for something else.
    “There’s a lot of things in Washington that are broken,” he said. “I believe that I can take my business experience and help fix some things.”
    Mayfield, president of Athens-based Mayfield Dairy Farms, is seeking the Republican nomination for the 3rd Congressional District.
    He did some stumping at the Roane County Courthouse Tuesday morning.

  • Mayfield campaign goes sour

    Scottie Mayfield’s campaign stop at the Roane County Courthouse on Tuesday has gotten a lot of attention.
    Not for anything the congressional candidate said, but for the actions of his adult son.
    Michael Mayfield damaged the tire of a Chuck Fleischmann campaign staffer. The incident occurred in the parking lot and was captured by the courthouse surveillance cameras.
    Tyler Threadgill filed a report with the Kingston Police Department. He and another staffer were at the courthouse to observe the campaign visit. 

  • Rockwood bank robbed

    By CINDY SIMPSON
    and KATIE HOGIN
    Authorities are investigating the robbery of US Bank in Rockwood Wednesday.
    Rockwood police and Federal Bureau of Investigation are asking for help identifying the suspect, who entered the bank at 134 N. Gateway Ave. around 1:30 p.m. and presented a note. He took an undisclosed amount of money.
    “It’s still under investigation ... probably just better to leave it at that.” said U.S. Bank District Manager Randy Carlile.

  • Still three ash spill workshops to go

    TVA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are halfway through a series of workshops on restoration of the river system affected by the Dec. 22, 2008, fly ash catastrophe.  
    Three have been held so far with the remaining ones set for May 3, May 17 and June 7 at Roane State Community College. 
    “We split this up into six workshops to try and be topic-specific,” EPA Remedial Project Manager Craig Zeller said.

  • Relay for Life update

    Some updates have been made to the schedule for the Relay for Life event Friday at Roane State Community College.
    Some entertainers were tentatively scheduled and unable to attend, and other event times were different in the finalized schedule.
    Opening ceremonies still kick off at 6 p.m. with the welcome, presentation of colors, National Anthem and Survivors medallion presentation and lap.
    At 7:30, the Dude Looks Like a Lady contest begins and Christian rock band Eclipse performs.

  • Yager drug bill passes

    The State Senate gave final approval to legislation this week that requires doctors or their designees to check Tennessee’s Controlled Substance Monitoring Database before initially prescribing an opioid or benzodiazepine substance.
    Senate Bill 2253, sponsored by state Sen. Ken Yager of Harriman, comes after a Tennessee Drug Diversion Task Force report showed 56 percent of patients who receive opioid prescriptions have filled another opioid prescription within the previous 30 days.

  • Look-alike contests on again

    Start gathering your family photos for this year’s Roane County News mother-daughter and father-son look-alike contests.
    Once again, Roane County News will be giving out $100 worth of gift  cards for each contest.
    The winning look-alike mother and daughter will each receive a $50 gift card.
    The same goes for the winning father and son.
    Entrants can submit pictures that show the family similarities at any age. Photos might be infant shots of the mother and daughter, or current shots of the adult and child — together or separate.