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Saturday morning emergency session called to accept school director's resignation

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Roane County Board of Education Chairman Rob Jago has called a Saturday morning emergency board meeting to accept Director of Schools Leah Watkins' letter of resignation.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the boardroom of the Edward E. Williams Building at 105 Bluff Road, Kingston.

The emergency-called session also includes appointing an interim director of schools.

Watkins interviewed for the Obion County director of schools position on Tuesday. The Union City Daily Messenger reports that the Obion County Board of Education voted afterward to offer her the position.

A former instructional supervisor for the Paris, Tenn., Special School District, Watkins was hired by the Roane County Board of Education a little more than two years ago.

She is a native of West Tennessee. Watkins told the Roane County News last week the Obion County position is "really close to where my family was, where my kids have been raised."

Watkins leaves Roane County's chief schools position at a time when the school board is proposing a $66.75 million school plan that calls for the rehabilitation of some buildings, the shifting of students and a new K-14 facility that would consolidate high schools in Harriman, Kingston and Rockwood.

Read more about this developing story in Friday's Roane County News and online at RoaneCounty.com.