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  • School group revisiting ‘balanced calendar’

    Discussions on what is referred to as a “balanced calendar” have continued in the Roane County school system.

    The topic was brought up during an Educational Committee meeting last month, according to notes filed from the meeting.

    “The committee got back together to look at a balanced calendar option for 2020-2021 school year,” the notes said.

    A “balanced calendar” includes longer fall and spring breaks.

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  • Rockwood man tells police wife drove over his foot

    A Rockwood man told police his wife drove over his foot when he went to confront her about being on a suspicious cell phone.

    Officer Kendall Mitchell responded to the incident. According to the report, he was dispatched to 415 S. Chamberlain Ave., on April 30 around 8 p.m. to investigate a call about a man having trouble with his wife.

    Mitchell said he spoke with Scott Staggs when he arrived.

  • Woman accused of dog cruelty issues spitting threat, jailed on meth charge

    Rockwood police responded to the IGA grocery store on Thursday to investigate a report about a woman being cruel to a dog in the parking lot.

    “K-9 Officer (Charles) Haubrich and myself (Officer Chris Kennedy) arrived and we made contact with the female identified as Ms. Patricia Oran,” the report said. “While officers were speaking with Patricia about her dog that was in her van they did notice that she appeared to be under the influence of some type of narcotic.”

    The report said Oran told police she had taken Xanax.

  • Miller: School plan cheaper than 5

    The debate over the school building program continues to plow familiar ground as county leaders wrestle with what could be the biggest financial decision in the county’s history.

    During a meeting held at Roane County High School Thursday, members of the Board of Education and County Commission continued an attempt to convince skeptical commissioners to provide funding for the proposed $68 million school building program.

    The plan involves consolidating high schools in Harriman, Kingston and Rockwood into a new building near Roane State Community College.

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  • Life Choices

    A new pregnancy center called Life Choices of Roane County aimed at helping young mothers in crisis pregnancies to choose life for their unborn children is taking shape.

    A group of women who became known as the Life Ladies held the first informational meeting to garner support last month.

    “We met about a year ago and started praying about what to do. At that point we started volunteering at the Dayton Care Center,” said Michelle Watkins.

  • Former federal inmate lands back behind bars

    A woman who was recently released from federal prison got into some trouble in Rockwood.

    Tawny Michelle Inman, 28, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia following an April 29 traffic stop on Tedder Street.

    According to the report, she was a passenger in a vehicle driven by James Harrison Ledford.

    Rockwood Police Department Sgt. Jason Halliburton said he stopped the vehicle because he suspected Ledford didn’t have a valid driver’s license and he recalled seeing Ledford’s name on an active warrants list.

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  • Kingston achieves best fire rating in county’s history

    The city of Kingston has achieved the best fire protection insurance rating in the history of Roane County.

    City officials announced this week that Kingston’s Insurance Services Office rating has been reduced to a 2, effective Aug. 1.

    ISO is an insurer-supported organization that provides advisory insurance underwriting and rating information to insurers.

    The rating system is 1-10, with a score of 1 being the best.

    The rating comes after an extensive audit of equipment and training, said Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon.