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  • OS assistant principal arrested

    Donna R. Moore, the assistant principal at Oliver Springs High School, was arrested in Morgan County for domestic assault against her husband Thursday night.

    Morgan County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Davis arrived at about 10:30 p.m. at the home Moore, 43, shares with her husband, 43-year-old Craig Moore, at 133 Authorn Sheldon Road in the Coalfield community.

    “The victim, Craig Moore, stated that his wife, the defendant Donna R. Moore, came home very intoxicated and began yelling at him,” Davis’ report said.

  • Rockwood hires Ruppe as recorder

    Former Morgan County Executive Becky Ruppe has a new government gig.

    With last week’s Rockwood City Council meeting drawing to an end, Mayor James Watts asked for and received approval to hire Ruppe as city recorder/grant coordinator.

    The city, however, had neither been looking for nor advertising the position, something Vice Mayor Peggy Evans and Councilman Mike Freeman said they would have preferred.

  • Agency strives to help families find right path

    Roane County isn’t isolated from homelessness, including families with young children struggling to find and keep a roof over their heads.

    That’s why Pathways Housing Services has been helping families find and pay for housing since 2006.

    Pathways’ goal is for those served to be able to maintain their own permanent housing once they graduate from the program.

  • Accident devastates horse owner

    The thump Jerry Keeney heard from inside his home on Jan. 10 was the clue that something bad had happened.

    “I said somebody’s had a wreck out there,” Keeney recalled. “I ran outside, and I saw my horse laying in the middle of the road and the car down the road about 40 feet.”

    The driver of the car was 18-year-old Caleb Wilson, a senior at Roane County High School and firefighter with East Roane County Volunteer Fire Department.  

  • Qualls no stranger to Roane in search for school director

    A familiar face will help the Roane County Board of Education in its search for a new director of schools.

    Toni McGriff, the current director, is retiring, effective June 30.

    The board voted 9-1 to hire Wayne Qualls to act as facilitator in the search for her replacement at the Jan. 19 meeting.

    Qualls, a former state commissioner of education, helped the board in its last search for a school director.

  • Cleaning up after the rain

    Rockwood Street Department workers Ricky Stegall, left, and Mike Edwards clean debris from around a drain at South Gateway Avenue and Rathburn Street.

    The men attended to the task around town after a recent bout of rain to ensure that all street drains were clear of branches, leaves and other matter.

    The Rathburn drain was their final stop on this particular day.

  • Bolling vacating OS post

    Oliver Springs city manager David Bolling will be leaving his position in mid-February.

    Judge Joe Van Hook said Bolling made the announcement at the Oliver Springs Board of Alderman on Jan. 19.

    Bolling’s last day will be Feb. 17. He is leaving for another position.

    Comment from Bolling was not available at press time.

  • Wading right in

    “I’m walking on water,” Thackery Porter exclaims while traipsing around Kingston City Park’s flooded boat dock area with his uncle, Mike Torrans, on Friday afternoon.
    Water spilled over various docks and over the banks of Watts Bar Lake, including at Kingston’s Gravel Pit area, due to the previous day’s steady rainshowers.  
     

  • Enthusiastic Eaton top lawman for 2011

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office top brass picked a familiar recipient for its 2011 officer of the year award.

    The honor went to Larry Eaton, who also received the award in 2009.

    “I was very appreciative of it,” he said, “but at the same time, I want to share it with the other deputies because we’re all fellow officers and we all get out here and do the job.”

  • Top teacher understated, worthy

    Bowers Elementary School first-grade teacher Christy Ruskey was understated when she spoke at this month’s Roane County Board of Education meeting.
    That didn’t fool some people.
    Educators who know Ruskey said she does stand out and deserves recognition. She received her National Board Certification last year, and was honored for it at the meeting.  
    “That’s because of her own feelings of ‘I’m not great, I’m not one that gets recognition,’” Director of Schools Toni McGriff said.