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  • Man charged in severe beating

    Six officers were sent to Ten Mile to arrest Daniel Phillip Thompson, 39, on domestic aggravated assault charges.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the officers were sent on July 18 to McElhaney Road to look for Thompson.
    “We received instructions from Captain (Tim) Hawn via radio not to go to the subject’s house due to the report of the weapons that he possibly had,” the report said. “Captain Hawn advised to catch him as he was leaving in his vehicle.”

  • Aytes’ schools contract extended

    The Roane County Board of Education voted 10-0 last week to give Director of Schools Gary Aytes a two-year contract extension.

    Prior to the vote, Aytes had one-year left on a two-year contract that was set to expire on June 30, 2014.
    With the extension the contract will run through June 30, 2016. Board Member Wade McCullough said the terms of the contract are not changing. 
    “It’s the same contract,” McCullough said. “It’s a two-year extension to June 30, 2016.”

  • State creates new online form for veterans cemetery

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder announced an innovative new online pre-registration form which will allow veterans and their families to be pre-approved for burial in the state veterans cemeteries.
     Traditionally, funeral directors contact the nearest state veterans cemetery when they receive a request to bury the remains of a veteran or dependent who previously expressed interest in burial at one of the four locations. 

  • Teen bicyclist treated for injuries, released

    A 15-year-old girl was treated Friday at Roane Medical Center for injuries she sustained in a collision as she attempting to ride her bicycle across Kingston’s Franklin Street.

    The accident occurred at Franklin Street’s busy intersection with Kentucky Street.
    Witnesses said the girl, who was taken via ambulance for treatment and was later released, was riding up the sidewalk on Franklin Street toward the Roane County News office building when she cut across the street and ran her bicycle into a pickup truck driven by Melvin C. Miller Jr.

  • Judge severs Leon Houston’s federal charges

    Brothers Rocky and Leon Houston haven’t had much to celebrate in terms of legal victories since their arrest on federal charges earlier this year.

    However, U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. gave Leon Houston one last week, granting his motion to sever the counts in the superseding indictment that was filed in May.
    Count one charges him with possessing a firearm while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance. The second count charges Houston with threatening to kill attorney James Logan via a telephone.

  • Thank you for Lynn’s Law

    From staff reports
    The Michael Dunn Center wanted to say thank you.
    And that’s what staff and consumers did last week, when they presented State Sen. Ken Yager a thank-you card for his help in sponsoring Lynn’s Law.

    “I’m very appreciative of this card,” said Yager, R-Harriman. “It is very moving for me.
    “This is what it’s all about.”

  • Rockwood audit session set

    After previous audits were delayed, Rockwood officials are glad to see the close of the 2012 fiscal year audit come more quickly.
    “Richard Hill will be here at 5:30 to meet on the audit we just got done,” said recorder Becky Ruppe.
    The meeting will be Monday before the 6 p.m. regular monthly City Council meeting in which officials will decide whether to continue using the audit firm Mitchell, Emert & Hill to conduct the 2012-13 city audit.
    “I recommend we hire him again for next year,” said Ruppe.

  • New vice mayor for Rockwood?

    Rockwood city elections have been moved to coincide with the gubernatorial elections in 2014.
    In the meantime, term extensions were granted for Mayor James Watts and members of Rockwood City Council whose seats were due to be decided this past June.
    In Watts’ opinion, however, the same is not true for vice mayor, the title held by Peggy Evans.
    “Very simply, her term expires on July 1,” Watts said Friday. “I’m going to nominate someone else to serve the remaining months of that term.”

  • Schools keep coaches, cut textbooks

    The alternative school will remain open, and academic and coaching pay supplements won’t be cut in half under a plan approved by the Roane County Board of Education on Thursday.
    “I believe this is a good answer what we’ve come up with here tonight,” Board Member Everett Massengill said.
    “It’s not what we would like, but it’s probably the best that we can come up with.” 
    The board voted to use money out of its instructional reserves to keep those things intact.

  • Wright takes issue with $1,170 mailbag story

    Roane County Board of Education Member Danny Wright called a Roane County News story on the school system’s plan to purchase two expensive Italian leather briefcases inaccurate.

    However, he didn’t mention the requisition the school system submitted to the county purchasing department to order the bags to “replace school/courthouse mail bags” at a cost of $1,170.
    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said school officials do not commonly send over requisitions for items they have no intention to buy.