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  • Some bunnies loved at Midway: Animal cruelty case at a standstill

    The slaying of a Midway High School classroom rabbit hasn’t deterred students.

    Since the animal’s violent demise was reported Thursday, students had brought in three replacement bunnies to Whitney Moore’s agriculture classroom by week’s end.

    Students busied themselves by playing and petting the replacement rabbits — a gray bunny, and two white ones with black-tipped ears.

    Moore said the class rabbit that was killed had belonged to a student with special needs.

  • Leffew new Rockwood city attorney

    Greg Leffew has been Rockwood city judge for several years, but now he’s taking on a different role.

    Rockwood City Council last week unanimously approved him as city attorney, filling the void left by the death of Elmer Rich late last month.

    “I’ve known Mr. Leffew ever since he started his business as an attorney,” council member Mike Freeman said. “I think he’ll do a great job as city attorney.”

  • Students pay tribute to Holocaust victims

    Holocaust Remembrance Day is Thursday, April 19, and Nancy Miller’s fifth-grade after-school class at Ridge View Elementary is doing something to remember the 6 million people murdered during Nazi Germany’s systematic persecution of Jewish people and others across Europe.

    Miller asked Rockwood City Council to approve a proclamation last week declaring April 15-22 as Days of Remembrance. They will have a ceremony at Rockwood’s Homecoming Park on Rockwood Street at 6 p.m. Thursday to remember the victims and liberators.

  • Kingston abandons in-lieu-of-tax notion

    After placing a request for in-lieu-of-tax payments from the county on its agenda at an April work session, Kingston City Council members let the motion die on the vine when it came time a for a vote on the issue April 10.

    Council members decided on April 3 to place a letter on the April 10 full council agenda seeking in-lieu-of-tax payments for county facilities on city commercial property.

    Such payments involve voluntary fees paid from one governmental entity to another to make up for lost tax revenue.

  • Correction

    Roane County Animal Control Director John Griffin said he didn’t expect any charges to be filed in the killing of a class rabbit at Midway High School because no students would come forward and state what happened.

    A story in Friday’s print edition may have caused some confusion because it included conflicting comments from Griffin made during different stages of the investigation.

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  • School director finalists include Roane educator

    Roane County Schools administrator Gary Aytes is among the three finalists for the director of schools post.

    The Roane County Board of Education chose Aytes, Donald Andrews and John Green late Friday as the finalists for the position, which will be vacated with the retirement of Toni McGriff this summer.

  • School director search narrows

    Friday the 13th could be lucky for three people who aspire to be Roane County Schools next director.

    Three finalists are expected to be named before the weekend.

    During the interview process, the candidates are being scored in 20 areas on a scale of 1 to 5 by each member of the Board of Education.

    Three candidates were interviewed on Wednesday.

    Four were scheduled to be interviewed on Thursday, and the final three candidates are set to be interviewed today.

  • Woman claims fatal shot accident

    A Kingston woman charged with aggravated domestic assault in the shooting death of her boyfriend is claiming the shot was accidentally fired.
    Kingston police said Tammy Ellen Rosado shot her 63-year-old boyfriend, James Ronald Cobb, in the chest on April 4. He died April 7 at University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.
    According to the arrest warrant, Rosado called 911 around 1 a.m. and reported that Cobb had shot himself.
    Police heard differently when they arrived at the couple’s 814 Rosedale Ave. residence.

  • Congressman to attend VA hospital talk

    A number of federal and state officials and their staffs have toured the soon-to-be-abandoned Roane Medical Center.
    Today, Friday, April 13, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann and aides from U.S. Sen. Bob Corker’s office will be touring the facility, which will be vacated once Covenant Health completes its new hospital in Midtown.
    Proponents for a Veterans Affairs hospital have seen a huge response from their call for support, culminating recently in more than 600 people attending a meeting on Easter weekend.