Police Taser knife-wielding suspect

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By The Staff

A knife-wielding man was stopped in his tracks by a Taser on March 21.

Kingston police were dispatched to 1354 Byrd Circle on a call about an out-of-control drunk.  

“Officer made contact with said person in the back bedroom,” the report said. “Mr. (Terry) Luffman had a brown-handled knife to his throat to keep officer from getting close to him.”

The report said the officer’s attempt to talk Luffman into putting down the knife was unsuccessful.

“Mr. Luffman became enraged and approached officer with knife in hand,” the report said. “Officer deployed Tasers to stop him from hurting himself as well as officers.”

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A federal grand jury indicted a 31-year-old man last week for allegedly lying about work he performed at Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in nearby Spring City.

Matthew David Correll of Hixson was indicted for making false statements.

“Correll completed paperwork falsely indicating that he had measured cables that were intending to supply energy to safety systems to be constructed in a new nuclear power plant at the Watts Bar Nuclear facility,” the U.S. Department of Justice said in a press release.

“As alleged in the indictment, Mr. Correll did not take the measurements, nor make the inspections, and falsely completed the forms required by TVA,” the release continued. “The indictment also alleges that he did not perform these measurements.”  

Correll pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released pending trial, which was set for May 23.

If convicted, Correll faces a maximum term of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

“TVA has been reviewing work performed by the individual alleged to be involved to assure similar issues do not exist,” TVA said in a statement.

“The lessons learned will be used to enhance and modify existing processes and procedures.”

The investigation was conducted by the TVA Office of the Inspector General.

TVA said the indictment is an example of the system working.

“TVA Nuclear construction and operations have a strict focus on compliance with the highest standards, and we do not tolerate any untrustworthy conduct,” the agency said.

“We have rigorous procedures in place to check and double-check all critical work and testing of critical systems to assure compliance with all laws and regulations.”

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Rockwood police clocked a man driving 91 mph on Gateway Avenue on March 20.

After he was clocked, the driver, Jeremy Alexander Martin of 304 Burkett Road, allegedly tried to elude police.

Martin was charged with reckless driving and evading arrest.

“He advised the reason he ran was because there was drugs in the car,” the report said.

“Upon an inventory of the vehicle prior to towing, marijuana was found in the console.”

Martin was also charged with simple possession.