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  • Drennan charge dropped

    The felony reckless endangerment charge against Amelia E. Drennan, a Roane County Schools teacher, was dismissed on Aug. 2.
    Director of Schools Gary Aytes said Drennan is back with the school system.
    “She is a special ed teacher at Midtown Educational Center,” he said.
    Drennan was at Oliver Springs High last school year. Aytes said it was a “mutual decision” for her to transfer to Midtown for the 2013-14 school year.

  • Good reports for Kingston

    Vaughn and Melton engineers brought good news at a recent Kingston City Council meeeting.
    They reported on a nearly finished greenway and a sewer project set to launch into its second phase at the August council sessions.
    According to reports, the Tennessee Department of Transportation has performed its walk-through inspection of the Ladd Landing Greenway, necessary for the final sign-off on the project.
    In the meantime, Mayor Troy Beets, City Manager David Bolling and Tim Clark of the public works department have also done a final inspection of their own,.

  • Housecat? Uh, no
  • Communication breakdown at news offices

    Roane County News recently underwent a full upgrade to its phone system.
    This week is the first full week under the expanded system. While the new system offers increased flexibility and reliability, it has had its bugs.
    We ask our customers to be patient as we work with our vendor to straighten out these problems.

  • Cleanup employees sue

    A federal lawsuit related to TVA ash spill cleanup was filed against Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. in U.S. District Court on Thursday.
    According to the lawsuit, one of the company’s duties was to provide safety for workers at the Kingston Fossil Plant site.

  • New flag pole
  • Golden advice

    Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue dived right into the Rockwood pool Monday when she visited and taught important basics to the Rockwood Swim Team.
    “I was thinking about it the other day,” said Donahue, who is from Lenoir City. “I’ve been a part of swimming for 18 years and it has given me so much, and I think it is really important for the kids to kind of see the fun of it.”

  • Mom held kid for son to hit

    Latoya Brown pleaded guilty to assault in Roane County General Sessions Court on Monday.
    “It’s (expletive),” Brown said after she left the courtroom.

    Rockwood police charged Brown with assault in March. According to the police report, Rene T. Lee said she observed Brown push Lee’s 10-year-old son down as he was parking his bike.
    The report said another woman, Tiffany Laxton, told police, she also saw Brown push the boy down and then grab him by the shirt and hold him so Brown’s son could hit him.

  • Mountain Dew case destroyed woman

    Defense attorney John McFarland said a LaFollette woman’s life is ruined over allegations she poisoned a co-workers Mountain Dew.
    “The damage has been done by the allegations alone,” he said.
    His client, Ashley Nicole Carroll, was charged with reckless endangerment in Roane County Criminal Court. Assistant District Attorney General Bill Reedy dismissed the 2011 case against her last week.

  • Woman killed in crash

    A man was jailed Tuesday after a fatal wreck Monday on Eagle Furnance Road south of Rockwood.
    Johnny Ray Foland, 50, is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, DUI, driving on a revoked license, implied consent violation and leaving the scene of an accident involving a fatality.
    Teri L. Stephenson, 54, was killed in the wreck. She had a Rockwood address.
    Trooper Mike Beaty of the Tennessee Highway Patrol reported that Stephenson was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Foland.
    He was traveling westbound and failed to negotiate a curve.