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  • Roane County Jail certified for another year

    The Tennessee Corrections Institute Board of Control certified the Roane County Jail for another year on Wednesday.

    “We’re excited to keep that certification,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

    The TCI inspected the Roane County Jail twice this year – once in August and again in October. Overcrowding issues were noted during both inspections. Stockton said there’s not much his office can do about that.

  • ‘Polar Express’ heads to Harriman

    Roane State Community College will have a free showing of “The Polar Express” at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 in the Princess Theatre, Harriman.

    The film is rated G. The showing is part of the Princess Theater Foundation’s Christmas 2017 at the Princess.

  • Schools attorney faults child for death

    Did 12-year-old Jacob Patterson contribute to his own death when he was run over by a motorcycle on Nov. 4, 2016?

    Joseph M. Huffaker, an attorney representing the Roane County Board of Education, asserts so in an answer to a lawsuit filed by Jacob’s mother.

    “Roane County alleges that Jacob Patterson was comparatively at fault for causing the accident of Nov. 4, 2016,” the answer said.

  • Man accused of assault brawls with deputies

    A Harriman man is facing charges for a weekend incident that included an alleged assault and a tussle with sheriff’s deputies.

    According to the report, the deputies were dispatched to the area of 802 Hassler Mill Road around 5:30 a.m. on Saturday concerning an open 911 line, “with what appeared to be a female voice yelling for help and also stating that she did not want to die,” the report said.

    When the deputies pulled up, one said he could see Robert Bandy sitting on a couch with an open black knife in his right hand.

  • New tree helps continue I-40 holiday custom

    Members of Kingston First Baptist Church are working to sustain the legacy of a well-known Christmas symbol visible from Interstate 40.

    For years, church members Anne and Fred Walker decorated a lone evergreen tree just west of the Gallaher Road exit.

    Other residents and church members continued to decorate the tree every year after the Walkers were unable to keep up the tradition.

    Often they would find boxes or bags of decorations that had been left at the tree by others who wanted to be a part of the holiday effort.

  • ‘OOM-PAH’ HOLIDAYS
  • Student slung into street sign at Rockwood school

    A student was assaulted at Rockwood Middle School last week, according to Rockwood police.

    The alleged assailant, who was also a minor, reportedly approached the alleged victim and started punching him and slung him into a street sign.

    “Victim stated that the strikes did not make contact with him due to him blocking them,” the report said. “Victim did state that he received injuries from being slung into the street sign.”

    The report described the alleged victim’s injuries as minor.

  • Fireside Festival to help Child Advocacy Center

    The inaugural Fireside Festival for the Children will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 12 in The Venue at Lenoir City.

    This family-friendly event is free to the public and designed for children of all ages.

    Adults can participate in a Christmas tree auction, with roughly 25 trees to be sold to the highest bidders.

    Sponsorship dollars were used to purchase trees in a variety of sizes, which were then claimed by businesses, community groups and individuals to decorate in the themes of their choosing.

  • AAA: Gas prices dropping this month

    After a somewhat volatile month for prices at the pump in November, gas prices opened December on the decline.

    AAA reports gas prices in Tennessee have declined 21 consecutive days for a total discount of 5 cents.

    The current Tennessee gas price averaged is $2.283, 1 cent less than last week, 1 cent higher than a month ago, and 28 cents more than last year.

    The most expensive gas price averages in Tennessee, according to AAA, are in Jackson ($2.388), Nashville ($2.314), and Memphis ($2.311).

  • Milestone anniversary for Dunns

    By Michaele Butler

    For Roane County News

    On Dec. 11, 1992, Michael and Karen Dunn were married in a beautiful Christmas setting at Kingston United Methodist Church.

    They were surrounded by supportive friends and family who were excited about their union.

    The couple met at Michael Dunn Center when Karen was in the Day Program and Michael was a participant in the Vocational Program.