(03/28/2002)
Roane County school officials are tightening their phone systems to better track future bomb threats, according to school administrator Steve Godffreda. A caller made a vague threat last week to Roane County High School, which caused it to be evacuated and searched.

Godffreda said school officials felt it was a hoax, but the matter had to be treated seriously.

Students were held outside the building for about three hours while police and fire officials searched the building.

Legislation passed last year makes bomb threats a felony, a $2000 fine and up to three years in prison.

Godffreda says every effort is being made to track and find the caller.

Chief Deputy Jeff Smith of the Roane County Sheriff's Department is in charge of the investigation.


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