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  • Dill resigns from RCHS

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Roane County High School principal Robert Dill, who had a complaint filed against him by a former school board member, has resigned.

    However, he’s not going anywhere just yet.

    Director of Schools Toni McGriff said Dill’s resignation is effective at the end of his contract, which doesn’t expire until after the 2008-09 school year.

    McGriff said Thursday that Dill resigned for personal reasons.

    “For the best interest of his family,” she said.

  • KRB leader Jackson charged

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Keep Roane Beautiful’s former director, Wendy Jackson, has been indicted on charges of theft from the nonprofit organization.

    Jackson, 43, 105 Edgewood Drive, Harriman, is accused of obtaining debit cards for the beautification organization’s account without authorization, then often using them for personal charges.

    One card was in her Jackson’s name; another was in a board member’s name.

    There are approximately $14,000 in charges from Jackson’s card.

  • Sheriff ponders additional jail staff

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Next year, the county will open up a new 172-bed jail on Third Street in Kingston.

    Officials are now trying to figure out how many more employees the sheriff’s office will need to run the facility.

    Sheriff Jack Stockton told members of the Sheriff’s Liaison Committee this week that he could need an additional 20 to 25 employees.

    “We need to be able to justify why we’re looking at that many more people,” Commissioner David Currier said.

  • Council releases land from city

    BY JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Talks about annexation seems to be a common occurrence in Roane County, with each municipality hoping to gain more territory for future growth.

    However, in Kingston recently, the talk focused on deannexation.

    The request came from a property owner whose land was thought to be a part of the Center Farms subdivision at the time it was annexed.

  • Kingston moving toward energy conservation committee

    BY JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Kingston City Council is taking steps to establish an energy conservation committee.

    The idea was first mentioned by Councilman Brant Williams at a council workshop this month.

    The city is already in the process of getting TVA to conduct an energy audit of all city buildings.

    According to parks and recreation director Rick Ross, this process could take several months.

    TVA would come in and examine all buildings, like looking at light fixtures, and make a recommendation to the city.

  • Candidates respond to questions from callers, emailers, panelists

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Election Day is quickly approaching and candidates are working feverishly to win over undecided voters.

    Candidates running or state senate in the 12th Senatorial District are no different.

    Democrat Becky Ruppe and Republican Ken Yager have met in towns throughout the district facing questions from voters, panels and most recently listeners of WECO’s Political Spotlight.

  • Morgan's early voting hits 1,004

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    With eight days to go in Early Voting more than 1,000 voters have already cast a ballot in Morgan County.

  • Johnson, grand jury to review ethics complaints

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson plans to take the results of several investigations regarding Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham and Steven Robinette before the grand jury on Tuesday.

  • Houston's behavior a concern for court

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Rocky Houston’s behavior was a topic once again during a pretrial hearing on Friday.

    “Your conduct in court is of great concern,” Special Judge James “Buddy” Scott told him.

    Rocky’s conduct is also a concern outside the courtroom.

    After allegedly scuffling with officers after a hearing on Oct. 10, Rocky entered Roane County Criminal Court wearing a mesh spit mask with his hands shackled behind his back.

  • Kirkham, Robinette feud lands before grand jury

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson plans to take the results of several investigations regarding Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham and Steven Robinette before the grand jury on Tuesday.

    Johnson has extended an invitation for Kirkham, Robinette and their attorneys to attend the grand jury meeting.