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  • Fight leads to new charges against Richard Carl Johnson Jr.

    A fight and threats involving a knife landed a man in jail on multiple charges of assault.
    Richard Carl Johnson Jr., 48, 213 Crystal Lane, Oliver Springs, was charged with two counts aggravated assault, two counts reckless endangerment, aggravated child abuse and neglect, public intoxication and unlawful carry.

  • Rockwood changes leadership

    Rockwood has a new vice mayor.
    Rockwood Mayor James Watts recommended Jason Jolly take over the position that Councilwoman Peggy Evans had held since she was the top vote getter in her election.

    Jolly was joined by council members Jane Long, Pete Wright and James Nuckols in voting himself into the seat.
    Evans argued to continue in the role.
    “I think what I have done justifies extending this term, but if you don’t want to, that is fine,” Evans said.

  • Hawkins’ star shines

    Christian Hawkins was pleased just to make it to the SkillsUSA national competition in Kansas City.
    The rising Roane County High School senior was ecstatic to find out he placed fourth in the three-and-a-half hour advertising design competition held in late June.

    “I couldn’t believe it,” Hawkins said. “That gives me a lot of potential for next year.
    SkillsUSA features an array of competitions for various skills from computers to cosmetology.

  • 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.