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  • Teacher resigns after charges of alcohol abuse

    Roane County Director of Schools Toni McGriff has accepted the resignation of a tenured teacher who had multiple run-ins with the law during his time with the system.
    Justin Giles taught physical education at Ridge View Elementary School in Rockwood.
    He was arrested by the Tennessee Highway Patrol on a DUI charge on Oct. 28 just before midnight. According to the police report, Giles was running vehicles off the road as he traveled east on Hwy. 70.

  • NRC holding hearings on Watts Bar Unit 2

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is seeking public comments on its preliminary finding that there are no environmental impacts that would preclude issuing an operating license for the Watts Bar 2 reactor under construction near Spring City.
    NRC staff will discuss the Draft Supplement to the Final Environmental Statement in meetings from 2-4 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Magnuson Hotel, 1421 Murrays Chapel Road in Sweetwater. The NRC will transcribe the meetings and post the transcript on the agency’s website.

  • REACH charity well below goal

    With a week to go before it takes children shopping at Walmart, Operation REACH president Jane Ollis said the program is still well short of its fundraising goal. The group hoped to raise $125,000, but had collected only $55,896, as of Thursday.
    “We’re asking people to dig a little deeper in their pockets,” she said.
    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is holding a fundraising road block today, Friday, from 3 to 7 p.m. at different locations around the county. West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department will do the same Saturday in Rockwood from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Woman struck by vehicle in parking lot

    An unlicensed teenage driver struck the owner of J. Lynn’s Salon in the parking lot of Food City on Monday.
    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said April Scandlyn suffered injuries to her knee, shoulder and head. She was treated at the University of Tennessee Medical Center and released.

    “We’ve had calls on top of calls,” said Brandy Willis, who works with Scandlyn at the salon. “Everybody is concerned about her.”

    The incident happened just after 5 p.m. J. Lynn’s is located beside Food City at Ladd Landing.

    Washam said the 17-year-old female driver works for Food City.

  • Ferguson, Beason, Mullins seek road supervisor seat

    Three people have picked up petitions to run for road superintendent in next year’s county election. The list doesn’t include incumbent Tom Hamby.

    “I’m not going to run this time,” Hamby said. “I’ve had some heart problems and I decided this would be a good time for me to get out of it.”

  • CASA to benefit from courts

    Guilty people will have to fork over more money in court fees. At its Nov. 14 meeting, the Roane County
    Commission passed a resolution authorizing the collection of a victims assistance assessment of $45. The resolution said the fee will apply to anyone who pleads guilty, is found guilty or enters a no contest plea.

    The fee will not apply to crimes where the maximum punishment is a fine of less than $500 and no imprisonment. It also won’t apply to traffic offenses, except for DUI.

  • Rockwood recall petition signing day

     

    Rockwood’s recall petition to oust Mayor James Watts and Councilwoman Jane Long from their positions was getting little interest as of nearly 4:30 Tuesday afternoon. The petition was stationed at the Rockwood Event Center on West Rockwood Street from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

  • Kingston First Baptist Youth decorate interstate tree

     

    Lucas Stephenson hands an ornament to Cameron Van Horn, both of Kingston’s First Baptist Church youth group, while decorating a cedar tree on Interstate 40 last week. Every year, the youth group goes out to trim the same tree. It sits between Exits 355 and 352. The tradition of the decorated tree goes back to 1978, and the youth group has been decorating it since 1993.

  • Holiday cheer

    This week gasoline prices dropped below $3 a gallon at some Roane County fuel pumps. They are still well above the $2.65 average for this time last year, according to officials at AAA of East Tennessee.

  • Kingston feels no pain over clinic law

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    To protect itself from the possible encroachment of unscrupulous pain management clinics, the city of Kingston recently passed a 120-day moratorium on the licensing of such clinics, until new state regulations take effect.
    But given that the proprietors of such clinics don’t even need a business license to operate, will the moratorium provide adequate protections?