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  • The family that plays together ...

    It can be hard to find something for a family to do together, but the Westriches have found an outlet for their creativity together.
    Midway High School band director David Westrich, his wife, Alison, and their sons, Will, 13, Andrew, 16, and Philip, 17, all play musical instruments and spend part of their time each week in the Babahatchie Community Band.

  • Continued case for OS asst. principal

    Oliver Springs High School Assistant Principal Donna R. Moore sat in a Morgan County courtroom for more than two hours on Thursday, only to have her criminal case postponed.
     Moore is charged with domestic assault against her estranged husband Craig Moore.
    According to the arrest report, Morgan County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Davis arrived at 133 Authorn Sheldon Road in Coalfield around 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 26 to investigate the alleged assault.

  • Medical examiner calls county’s drug issue ‘real bad’

    As Roane County’s medical examiner, Dr. William Bennett gets a first-hand view of the devastation caused by illegal narcotics use.
    He sees the lives shattered by overdoses, not just those who died, but the families, including young children, left behind.
    “This issue is a scourge on our community,” Bennett told the Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition on Wednesday. “It has gotten worse and continued to get worse over the last five years.”

  • TVA head designates county meeting to VP

    The Roane County Commission asked for Tom Kilgore.
    It will get Bob Deacy instead.
    Commissioners wanted Kilgore, TVA president and CEO, to come before them to discuss the ash spill cleanup and other operations at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant.  
    A meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.
    County Executive Ron Woody wrote Kilgore a letter last month requesting that he and members of his staff give the commission a report.

  • Making scientific observations
  • Kingston sewer plant expansion officially on

    Kingston officials broke ground late last month on the city’s $5 million wastewater treatment plant expansion at 1501 James Ferry Road. Kingston Mayor Troy Beets, City Councilmen Don White, John Byrkit, Kevin McClure and Norm Sugarman and TVA officials Katie Kline, Bob Morris, Burt Robinson, Steve McCracken, Bob Deacy and Aaron Stewart were in attendance, along with City Manager Jim Pinkerton, contractors Dan Berry and Evan Haron, engineer Rick Kirby and Tony Workman, who will be running the plant.

  • OSHS asst. principal ‘good person’

    Oliver Springs High School Assistant Principal Donna R. Moore said she’s been devastated by reports about her recent arrest.
    Moore, 43, was arrested on Jan. 26 for domestic assault against her husband. 
    “It’s very frustrating,” she said Monday. “I’ve never had something like this happen to me in my life.”
    According to the arrest report, Morgan County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Davis arrived at 133 Authorn Sheldon Road in Coalfield around 10:30 p.m. to investigate the alleged assault.

  • If title fits, wear it

    Howie Rose, director of the Roane County Office of Emergency Services, could soon have another title to go by.
    An item under special orders on the Feb. 13 Roane County Commission agenda asks commissioners to confirm the appointment of the OES director as the county fire department chief.
    The item doesn’t mention Rose by name, but it would make him fire chief if approved.
    “Sounds like it would to me,” County Executive Ron Woody said.

  • Rockwood lists benefits of I-40 access

    A Rockwood committee’s members can think of plenty of reasons to approach the state for help with an interstate interchange and new connector road to replace the old Airport Road.
    The members agreed the economically strapped city could benefit from the road.
    “I think the economic impact on this town would be tremendous,” said Harold Ishman, a former city council member. Ishman said the city could annex up the mountain and benefit from revenue if hotels or restaurants located at the interchange.

  • Sheriff hires former inspector to work at jail

    Barry Suttles used to inspect the Roane County Jail. Now he works there.
    Sheriff Jack Stockton said he recently hired Suttles as a corrections officer after he stopped working as a jail inspector for the Tennessee Corrections Institute.
    “We have high hopes for him,” Stockton said. “We hope he moves up the food chain quick.”
    Stockton said he hired Suttles because of his experience. He was the man assigned to inspect the Roane County Jail for the TCI.