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(WBIR, Rockwood) A long-time East Tennessee city councilman and educator has died.

Bill Thompson, 75 of Rockwood, lost his battle with cancer on Sunday.

Rockwood officials say Thompson rarely missed city council meetings, even when he was sick. They held a moment of silence during Monday night's meeting to honor him.

Thompson was also a former teacher and principal. Rockwood High School's gym was previously named for him.

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