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  • ORNL official accused of possessing child porn

    A man who worked as the isotope production manager at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory is accused of possessing child pornography.

    John W. Krueger, 369 Axton Drive, Knoxville, was indicted by the Roane County grand jury on Oct. 16 on one count of sexual exploitation of a minor. According to the indictment, Krueger “did knowingly possess material, in excess of 50 images, that includes a minor engaged in sexual activity.”

  • Ex-Rockwood standout charged with assault

    Isiah Jones, a former football star at Rockwood High School, is accused of assaulting a man during a Rockwood Men’s League basketball game earlier this month.

    “He was talking junk to me on the basketball court,” said James Love, the alleged victim. “I didn’t say nothing to him. Then he started talking about my family and stuff and I’m like, ‘Look man, I don’t have anything to do with it.’ I went to turn away and he sucker punched me.”

    Love, 36, contacted Rockwood police about the incident.

  • State says Roane’s schools exemplary

    Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins could hardly contain herself on Thursday.

    “I asked the principals if they heard me squeal from central office about my excitement around this,” she said.

    The excitement had to do with Roane County Schools being designated as an exemplary school district for the 2016-17 school year.

  • Teen indicted for shooting soldier

    A Roane County grand jury returned a true bill for reckless homicide for the Harriman teen accused of killing his sister’s boyfriend on Aug. 28, 2016.

    Jacob Kinney, 16, is accused of shooting MarStratton Gordon, a U.S. Army soldier who was at the Kinney home visiting Amber Kinney.

    Roane County Juvenile Judge Terry Stevens bound the case over to criminal court this summer.

    “It went from being bound over as second-degree murder to being indicted as D-felony reckless homicide,” said District Attorney General Russell Johnson.

  • Indictment: ORNL production manager possessed child porn

    A man who worked as the isotope production manager at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory is accused of possessing child pornography.

    John W. Krueger, 369 Axton Drive, Knoxville, was indicted by the Roane County grand jury on Oct. 16 on one count of sexual exploitation of a minor. According to the indictment, Krueger “did knowingly possess material, in excess of 50 images, that includes a minor engaged in sexual activity.”

  • Puckett sentencing delayed until late 2018

    Nearly two years have passed since a Kingston woman pleaded guilty in a pill mill case, and she still doesn’t know how much time she’ll serve in federal prison.

    Stephanie Puckett was scheduled to be sentenced last December, but that hearing was reset to Tuesday, Oct. 10.

    Puckett didn’t learn her fate that day because the hearing was reset to Nov. 13, 2018.

    Puckett pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone in 2015.

  • Elector’s mail back to normal

    The amount of mail Roane County resident Liz Holiway receives now has returned to normal. That wasn’t the case after last year’s presidential election.

    Holiway was one of the state’s 11 presidential electors. She was bombarded with mail from around the country in the week’s following the election.

    The senders were imploring her not to cast her electoral college vote for Trump.

  • Jago heads up school board for 2017-18

    The Roane County Board of Education selected Rob Jago to serve as its chairman over the next year.

    The board picks a new chairman each September.

    Jago served as vice chairman this past year.

    He succeeds Sam Cox as chairman.

    “I think you’ve done a tremendous job and I think Rob will follow right along with you,” Board Member Hugh Johnson told Cox.

  • County receives grants for ADA lake projects

    Roane County Government will have ribbon-cutting ceremonies today — Oct. 20 — for two recreational improvement projects.

    The projects involve putting the projects in align with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

    They include an ADA-accessible kayak/canoe launch in partnership with the city of Kingston at a TWRA access area. Also involved is an ADA-accessible courtesy dock at the Little Emory TWRA access launch area.

    The ribbon-cutting ceremonies will start at 10 a.m.