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    Harriman High School, Roane County High School and Rockwood High School would close under a scenario approved by the Roane County Board of Education on Wednesday.

    By an 8-1 vote, the board approved a plan to build a new consolidated high school for those students. Midway High School and Oliver Springs High School will remain open under the plan.


    A trio of Roane County veterans will be laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Saturday.

    “Saturday evening me and Sgt. Gary Woolf will be laying a wreath at the Unknown Soldier’s tomb at Arlington Cemetery,” said Bob LeTellier.

    LeTellier is a retired Army sergeant major. Woolf is a retired chief master sergeant in the Air Force.

    They’ll also be recognizing those who lost their lives in the Vietnam War by placing wreaths bearing their names at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

  • Rockwood official, DA named in federal suit

    One of the people convicted in the Northington Energy LLC scam has filed a federal lawsuit against former Morgan County Executive Becky Ruppe, 9th Judicial District Attorney General Russell Johnson and former 9th Judicial District Assistant District Attorney General Tiffany Smith.

    Lisa Horn-Brichetto accuses Johnson, Smith and Ruppe — the latter of whom is now Rockwood city administrator — of violating her First and Eighth Amendment Rights under the Constitution.

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  • Rockwood police seek info on shooting

    From staff reports

    Rockwood police have released more information about the May 2 shooting incident that left two men injured.

    Police responded to the area of Douglas Avenue and Wheeler Street on a report of a possible shooting.

    Detective Josh Rymer responded and found a male subject, identified as Michael William Hale of Rockwood, lying on the ground stating he had been shot.

  • Suspect slugs officer

    Rockwood Police Officer Charles Haubrich was reportedly hit in the head while attempting to make an arrest last Friday morning.

    The incident started in the 200 block of Bates Street just after 2 a.m.

    “I saw a white male walking down the street toward me,” Haubrich said in his report. “I stopped and got out with the subject, who identified himself as Steven Bailey.”

    Haubrich said he was familiar with Bailey because he’s arrested him before on theft and drug charges.

  • Harriman man jailed on felony meth charge

    From staff reports

    A Harriman man was arrested on a charge of manufacture/delivery/sale or possession of methamphetamine in the early morning hours of May 1.

    In addition to that felony charge, Anthony Eugene Davis, 212 Morning Drive, was also charged with simple possession or casual exchange and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    At around 3 a.m. Harriman Officer Tommy Lynn Capps reported observing a Chevrolet van traveling south on Roane Street with no functioning tag lights, which netted a written warning.

  • Thieves burn stolen vehicle

    A Rockwood woman’s car was found burned in Cumberland County last month.

    Amanda Thurman reported her 2011 Toyota was stolen from her yard around 1:15 a.m. on April 19.

    Rockwood Police Officer Jared Hall responded to investigate.

    “She said it was last seen about 12:30 a.m. this morning,” Hall’s report said. “The car had kids clothing, a car seat, work clothes and a Garmin GPS.”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Rockwood High School score: girls 12, boys 1!

    Gentle Reader, last week’s column was written as a result of a letter from Mr. Paul Kamikawa defending Rockwood High School from our criticism of their poor performance in the most recent ACT test results.

    After a lengthy commentary concerning this situation we brought out another disturbing performance as described in the following paragraph, which we quote as it was published:

  • Grand ladies honored at Courthouse Gala

    History buffs and elected officials gathered in Kingston last weekend to help the Roane County Heritage Commission celebrate the 14th annual Gala for the historic Roane County Courthouse.

    The primary goal of the evening event was to raise funds to keep the old courthouse — one of only a half dozen pre-Civil War courthouses left in the state — open to the public.

    “It takes a lot of hard work keeping this building standing,” said Master of Ceremonies Bruce Cantrell.