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  • Education commissioner visits Ridge View

    Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen got a glimpse of school life at Ridge View Elementary School and Roane County High School Monday.

    The visit was part of her 10,000 Teacher Tour to learn from teachers across the state and recognize the hard work they are doing.

    “We are at about 3,000 or so (teachers visited so far),” said McQueen.

    At Ridge View, she visited a number of classrooms, including an interesting approach at an integrated classroom, with two fifth-grade homerooms and their teachers and a special education teacher.

  • School funding meeting this week

    Everett Massengill, a member of the Roane County Board of Education for more than 20 years, said he can’t recall many meetings that have been more important than the one scheduled for Thursday between the school board and Roane County Commission.

    “This is probably one of the biggest meetings we’re going to have for a long time pertaining to education,” Massengill said. “That’s why it’s very important that everyone comes, takes part, listens and tries to learn.”

  • Video of police shooting shown

    The public finally got to see video of the Feb. 9 shooting involving Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy John Mayes and suspect Christopher Lee Powers.

    It was shown Monday during Powers’ preliminary hearing in Roane County General Sessions Court.

    “Don’t do it, don’t do it,” Mayes yelled as Powers sat behind the steering wheel of a vehicle he had just crashed at the Interstate 40, Exit 340 ramp.

    Powers didn’t comply and rammed Mayes’ police cruiser head on, the video shows.

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  • Thunder Road Festival Saturday in Rockwood

    Rockwood Thunder Road Festival is roaring back this Saturday with a mix of old and new draws.

    “We already have a great amount of vendors and cars signed up,” said event organizer Bill Anderson.

    New for this year is the Moonshine Runners Obstacle Course at Homecoming Park.

    The first run will begin at 11:45 a.m. A second run will start at 1 p.m. The event has a $2 entry fee.

    Also this year is a best costume for moonshiner or hillbilly. The winner of Mr. and Mrs. Best Moonshiner will be announced at 3:30 p.m.

  • Gardeners with good hearts sought

    Volunteers are invited to assist with the Roane State Community Garden, located near the college’s main campus.

    An informational meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 14, at 6 p.m. in the Student Lounge on the Roane County campus.

    The garden is open to everyone in the community, along with all Roane State students and employees. Expert farmers and beginners are welcome.

    Half of the bounty from the garden is donated to local charities to help feed the needy.

  • Powers' case in officer-involved shooting bound over

    UPDATE: The case against Christopher Lee Powers in a Feb. 9 officer-involved shooting was bound over to the grand jury Monday afternoon.

    Powers is facing a multitude of charges in relation to an incident that started with a high-speed chase and ended with Sheriff's Deputy John Mayes shooting at Powers with his service weapon at the Airport Road exit of Interstate 40.

    During Monday's hearing, Mayes testified that Powers had a .26 blood-alcohol that night.

    The legal limit in Tennessee is .08.

  • Ex-cop now up on murder attempt

    Former TVA and Lenoir City police officer Jeremy Alexander Gambrell, accused of shooting his ex-wife Jenny Lynn Gambrell multiple times in the chest last week, is now facing stiffer charges.

    District Attorney Russell Johnson advised Roane County Sheriff’s Investigator Greg Scalf to upgrade the charges to attempted second-degree murder, according to a news release sent out last week.

    Gambrell, 41, was initially charged with aggravated assault. The decision was made to upgrade the charges after Scalf was able to interview the victim.

  • Dough for denture damage

    A man who claimed he broke a partial denture eating a crouton at Pizza Hut in Harriman won a judgment against the restaurant on Friday.

    Roane County General Sessions Court Judge Jeff Wicks awarded Everett Chatman $2,400, interest and court costs.

    “We tried to work it out with their insurance company, but they never wanted to talk,” Rockwood attorney Mark Foster said Friday. “So we went ahead and filed.”

    Foster represented Chatman in the case.

  • County drivers at fault but not cited

    Two county employees were found at fault in crashes that occurred last month while driving county vehicles.

    Neither was cited nor arrested.

    “When a trooper or any law enforcement officer makes contact with an individual, he/she has the discretion to give verbal or written warnings, issue a citation or make an arrest,” Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. Bill Miller said.

    The THP investigated both accidents because they involved county vehicles.