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  • Schools to select architect to look at consolidation



    The Roane County Board of Education will hold a special-called meeting on Tuesday “regarding selection of architects.”

    The school system is in the midst of a financial crisis and has been looking at consolidation.

    Four architect firms — Michael Brady Inc., Red Chair Architects, Cope Associates and The Lewis Group — met with the school board during a workshop last month.

  • Bruner clients still must show



    Some of suspended defense attorney Spence Bruner’s clients could face arrest if they don’t show up for court next month.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said Bruner’s cases were originally set for Nov. 5.

    “He had about 17 cases set,” Johnson said. “Only two clients showed.”

    Johnson said the two clients that did show were given new attorneys. The other 15 have been issued summonses to appear in court Dec. 15.

  • Interstate spa, others, under law enforcement’s radar



    Interstate Spa, on South Gateway Avenue in Rockwood, was one of several locations searched during a sting operation Wednesday afternoon looking into possible sites of prostitution.

    It’s not clear why Interstate Spa was specifically pinpointed, but it was the second time in a little over a year that the same location was searched.

  • Kingston works fire last Tuesday



    Kingston Firefighters fought a fire last Tuesday afternoon at a home at 737 Montview Ave.

    Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon said there was a lot of damage to the upstairs of the home because of the Nov. 11 blaze.

    “It started in the hallway and rolled into the bedroom,” said Gordon.

    The fire, which firefighters responded to around 3:45 p.m. to Tuesday, has been ruled an accidental electrical fire.

  • Man sentenced in armed robbery spree



    Mark Andrew Randolph got the sentence he agreed to in his federal robbery case: 32 years.

    In the plea agreement he signed in April, Randolph admitted to using a firearm to rob several East Tennessee businesses in September 2013, including the Rocky Top Market on Bluff Road in Kingston.

  • Roane Treasures: Meet the Class of 2014

    Lieselotte “Lotte” O’Brien

    Lieselotte “Lotte” O’Brien was born in Weiler, Germany, on July 7, 1925. Lotte is better known as Mama Mia.

    Lotte met her late husband, William, in Germany after World War II. He was a baker in the Army and was stationed in Augsburg, Germany, where Lotte was a waitress in the mess hall.

    They married in Germany and moved to New York in June 1950. While in New York, Lotte taught herself English and gained experience in the restaurant industry. The couple moved to Kingston in 1969.

  • The many hats of ‘Brillo’ Miller

    Rockwood Mayor-elect Mike “Brillo” Miller said he doesn’t foresee city business overlapping with the goings-on of the county school system.

    Miller, who works for Rockwood Electric Utility, is in the midst of another four-year term on the Roane County Board of Education. He will take over as city mayor on Dec. 1.

    “It’s not a city school system,” Miller said. “It’s a county school system, so it will have no bearing on it whatsoever.”

  • Judge race contest not over

    Kingston lawyer Tom McFarland isn’t done contesting the Aug. 7 election.

    He’s appealing Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood’s decision to throw out his lawsuit that sought to have Mike Pemberton’s win in the 9th Judicial District circuit court judge race voided.

    McFarland filed the notice of appeal on Nov. 5.

    Pemberton and McFarland were the only candidates in the judge’s race. Pemberton received 343 more votes than McFarland in the four-county district.

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  • Interstate Spa looked at for prostitution

    Law enforcement investigating prostitution and possible human trafficking descended at the Interstate Spa off of South Gateway Avenue Wednesday.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office, Rockwood Police Department, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office officials and Homeland Security Investigations were among those that swooped down at the establishment.

    Because of the ongoing investigation, police didn’t have much to say early on.