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  • Relay for Life event is Friday at Roane State

    Relay for Life of Roane County is Friday At Roane State Community College with loads of fun for all ages.

    The focus of the walk is raising money to find a cure for cancer and celebrating and remembering survivors and victims of the disease.

    However, everyone is welcome to enjoy the variety of live entertainment and fundraisers, from meals to massages to children’s games.

    Activities include the massages, carnival games, face painting, cornhole, inflatables, flower power pencils, a dunking booth and Avon products.

  • Teachers vote for collaborative conferencing through RCEA

    Roane County Schools plans to give collaborative conferencing a try.

    Board of Education Member Wade McCullough reported last Thursday that 85 percent of teachers voted yes when asked if they wanted to engage in collaborative conferencing with the board.  

    McCullough said over 75 percent of teachers voted to have the Roane County Education Association  act as their representative.

  • Sex offender wasn’t supposed to be released

    James Allan Tiegs is back in jail.

    Apparently he should have never gotten out.

    “He was supposed to be held on no bond at the jail and somehow he was allowed to bond out,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.

    Tiegs, 50, was indicted by the Roane County grand jury in February for a sexual offender registration violation and aggravated sexual battery.

    Roane County authorities picked up Tiegs in Arizona and flew back with him to Tennessee on April 12.

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  • Walking in the sun

    David Barkley of Kingston walks up to the fort at Southwest Point on a nice April day. Barkley,  a preacher in Rockwood, said it’s a “good place to meditate and pray.”

  • Registered sex offender runs afoul of the law

    Another Roane County registered sex offender is in trouble with the law.

    Jasper Lee Russell, 186 Poplar Creek Road, Harriman, was arrested on April 17 on weapons charges.

    His legal troubles may not end there.

    According to court records, Russell is under investigation for an alleged child rape. The court records said an investigator with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office became aware of the allegations against Russell on April 13.  

  • Hurley stands by bill to test those seeking state assistance

    State Rep. Julia Hurley is staying the course on her drug testing for welfare recipients bill, despite a Tennessee Attorney General’s opinion that questions the legality of the legislation.

    “This measure is about accountability and proper fiscal management,” Hurley, R-Lenoir City, was quoted in a press release emailed to media last Thursday.

    House Bill 2725, which is sponsored by Hurley, has been placed on a finance subcommittee calendar for Wednesday.

  • Proclamation to give posthumous honor to Rich

    A proclamation honoring Elmer Rich, the longtime Rockwood city attorney who passed away late last month, is on today’s Rockwood City Council agenda.

    Rich served in the appointed post for more than 40 years under a number of mayoral administrations until an illness forced him to step aside in the final weeks of his life.

    Council is also expected to approve on final reading a pair of ordinances affecting the city’s operations in the wake of Rich’s death.

  • Truck crash, scattered roofing materials snarl traffic on I-40

    Authorities report a truck crash was responsible for Thursday’s backed-up traffic on Interstate 40.

    The wreck occurred at about 12:42 p.m. in the eastbound lane at mile marker 355 near Kingston’s Lawnville Road exit. The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated.

    THP spokeswoman Dalya J. Qualls said a pickup truck involved in the collision was pulling a trailer loaded with roofing materials and nails.

    Those materials scattered onto the interstate because of the crash.

  • Rockwood leaders making big-dollar decisions tonight

    Rockwood City Council is set to finalize approval of multi-million dollar resolutions during its regular monthly meeting today.

    The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in Rockwood City Hall.

    The council recently approved the resolutions authorizing Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas to issue bonds up to $3.3 million to go toward refinancing some existing debt and a $1.25 million oxidation ditch required under a Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation order.

    The resolutions were approved the first go-round with conditions.