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  • Rockwood High principal arrested

    Rockwood High School Principal Shannon Cawood was arrested for domestic assault Saturday morning.

    “We have become aware of that information, and we have put him on suspension pending investigation,” Roane County Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said late Saturday. “That’s really all for now until we know more.”

    The alleged victim is Cawood’s wife, Midway Middle School Principal Amy Cawood.

  • Distress call ends in tragedy

    A search for a possibly suicidal man ended tragically Tuesday afternoon in an officer-involved shooting at Tyler Pointe shopping center on Gateway Avenue in Rockwood.

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, at the request of Ninth Judicial District Attorney General Russell Johnson, is investigating the incident, which culminated in death of victim Quinton Swicegood, 58, of Harriman.

  • East Roane man hurt in propane tank explosion

    Benny Walker, a 69-year-old East Roane County man, is expected to recover from injuries he suffered in a fire on Wednesday.

    “Dad is doing well,” son Chris Walker said Thursday. “He’s going to make a full recovery.”

    The fire happened at Benny Walker’s residence at 124 Buck Creek Road, Kingston. According to an E-911 dispatch report, a greenhouse and a barn at the property caught on fire. Benny Walker reportedly got burned when a propane tank exploded.

  • LeMOND LAWSUIT: DISMISS OR TRANSFER TO MINNESOTA

    LeMond Composites is in the Eastern District of Tennessee.

    However, that’s not where the company wants to defend a federal lawsuit filed against it by former LeMond partner Connie Jackson.

    A motion filed on Wednesday asks for Jackson’s lawsuit to be dismissed or that the case be transferred to Minnesota.

    According to a memo in support of the motion, Jackson, a Harriman resident, signed an operating agreement consenting to all litigation being handled in Minnesota.

  • Free community college for adults a plus for area

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s latest proposal to expand access to free community college to adults could mean big things for Roane County.

    “I’m very excited about this bill. With this act and with the Tennessee Promise, we can say proudly that in Tennessee every adult has an opportunity to go to college free of charge thanks to the lottery reserve and the leadership of Gov. Haslam, as well as the support of the General Assembly of Tennessee,” said Sen. Ken Yager.

  • Movie Night donations taken for Central America

    Sixteen Roane State Community College students are traveling to the most impoverished areas of two Central American countries to deliver greatly needed items, and they are seeking the community’s help.

    The Service Learning in World Cultures class is seeking contributions of all types of school supplies and clothing. Students will be at the entrance of the historic Princess Theatre in downtown Harriman beginning at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 10 to receive donations.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Trump needs a Court Jester to keep him in line

    You know, gentle reader, the longer we live, the oftener we find ourself quoting Scottish poet Bobby Burns, who managed to encapsulate an awful lot of wisdom in a very few words, such as, “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft agley.”

    This thought came immediately to mind as we started this week’s column, for it had been our long standing plan to recommence our series of columns on the Roane County School system, and its failures, this week.

  • Some lake weeds better than none

    Upward of 200 people crowded the Roane County Courthouse’s Circuit Courtroom Monday night for a County Commission workshop focused on the issue of invasive aquatic weeds.

    “We’re not used to this kind of crowd,” said Commission Chairman Ron Berry.

    Berry said the strong turnout showed the subject of weeds was important to the community.

    The meeting was organized by the County Environmental Review Board.

  • Pipe bomb found near Rockwood

    The Knox County Bomb Squad responded to Roane County on Monday after deputies with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office discovered an explosive device at 1664 Eureka Road.

    “Upon my guys getting there, they identified what was believed to be a homemade explosive,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said.

    “At that time they called the Knox County Bomb Squad, which advised them to set up a perimeter and shut down the road in front of the house until they could get there and do what they do.”

  • Chemical traces found in Roane Central water

    From staff reports

    Roane Central was found to slightly exceed a federal drinking water standard for total trihalomethanes during a testing period last year.

    Total trihalomethanes are a byproduct of disinfection from chlorine or other disinfectants used in water to minimize the risk of microbial life in drinking water.

    The total trihalomethanes was calculated to be .082 milligrams per liter. This value exceeds the maximum contaminant level of .080 milligrams per liter set for this parameter.