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  • Chillbillies to headline CASA fundraising Blast

    This year CASA’s Winter Blast will feature the Chillbillies, a rhythm, boogie and blues band based out of Knoxville.

    “One hundred percent of the proceeds comes back to the program because of our sponsors,” said Lindsey Brown, executive director of CASA of the 9th Judicial District.

    The concert and dinner festivities will be Feb. 6, in downtown Harriman, with the entertainment in the Princess Theatre.

    The band includes Knox County Juvenile Court Judge Tim Irwin, who is also a former University of Tennessee and NFL football player.

  • Board OKs Ferguson, Clark candidacies

    Dennis Ferguson and Tim Clark can run in this year’s race for Roane County road superintendent.

    The Tennessee Highway Officials Certification Board met last week in Nashville and certified both candidates.

    The purpose of the board is to ensure candidates for county road superintendent are qualified to run for the job.

    Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said candidates cannot run without the board’s approval.

    The board certified Ferguson and Clark unanimously, according to spokesman Adam Ghassemi.

  • CASA aims to make things better for kids

    Court Appointed Special Advocates help the juvenile court system make the best choices for the children it serves.

    “The mission of CASA is to recruit, train and support volunteer citizens to advocate for children in court,” said Lindsey Brown, executive director of CASA of the 9th Judicial District.

    “We probably, in Roane County, serve over 100 kids per year.”

    CASA also serves about 75-100 children annually in Loudon County, as well as a yearly average of 50 children in Morgan County.

  • $15 cellphone could lead to indictment

    A $15 cellphone has an elderly Crossville man facing a possible indictment.

    Marcel Bilodeau, 74, had his robbery case bound over to the Roane County grand jury following a preliminary hearing in Roane County General Sessions Court on Monday.

    “The court does find that there is probable cause that Mr. Bilodeau did commit a robbery per the statute,” General Sessions Court Judge Terry Stevens ruled. “The case will be bound over to the next term of the Roane County grand jury.”

  • Fleeing man killed by train

    Rockwood Police Department and Norfolk Southern are investigating a Monday afternoon accident that left a Rockwood man dead.

    Authorities at the scene identified the man as 38-year-old Ronald “Bubby” Treadway Jr.

    According to the E-911 report, the incident happened at 1:24 p.m.

    E-911 dispatchers reported they received a call that Treadway was at 111 Derrick St. allegedly trying to take pills from a home owner.

  • School board to discuss director search next month

    The Roane County Board of Education’s director of schools search committee is planning to meet on Feb. 1 at 5 p.m. to discuss the process for hiring a new director.

    The meeting will be held at the central office building in Kingston.

    Chairman Darrell “Drack” Langley said Wayne Qualls might attend the meeting.

    In December the board voted to hire Qualls to act as a consultant in its search for a new director of schools.

  • Governor appoints RSCC director to state control board

    Roane State Community College criminal justice program director Elizabeth Lewis has been appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam to the Tennessee Corrections Institute Board of Control.

    Lewis said she and board members will consider the recommendations of inspectors who look at local jails in the state and decide whether to recommend recertification or a plan of action for the jail.

    “It is an extremely important board,” said Lewis.

  • Blood drive in Kingston

    Medic Regional Blood Center will have a blood drive in Kingston on Jan. 25.

    The blood drive will be from 1 to 5 p.m. at The Well House at 915 N. Old Kentucky St., Kingston.

    All donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh 110 pounds; those age 16 and weighing 120 pounds may give blood with parental consent.

    All donors will be required to show identification.

    Donors will receive a free T-shirt as well as coupons for a free appetizer and one free admission ticket to an area attraction.

  • DAV needing van drivers

    Drivers are being sought for the Disabled American Veterans Post 86 van rider program.

    “I’m in a hurt locker for drivers,” van rider program coordinator John Maliskey said.

    The program will take Roane County veterans to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare facilities in Murfreesboro and Nashville.

    Maliskey said he’s spoken to a number of groups about the need for drivers. One of the biggest misconceptions, he said, is that you need a Q clearance or special endorsement to be a driver.

  • Nice weather for ducks?

    The expression “nice weather for ducks” is interpreted to mean torrential rain, but this fine-feathered friend at Kingston’s 58 Landing was determined to brave the snow as he casts a side-eyed glance at Roane County News photojournalist Goose Lindsay while Roane County resumed activity from the mid-week wintry mix.

    The little guy (or gal) likely was happy with the downpours Thursday night and Friday morning, but he may have to scurry for safety like the rest of the county with Friday’s forecasted winter blast.