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  • More to come on greenway

    The gates are open and the ribbons are cut.

    So what’s next for the Ladd Greenway?

    We’ll know soon, after Kingston City Manager David Bolling gets word back from Tennessee Department of Transportation.

    But there are plans aplenty, for both the short term and the long haul, as local officials seek to make the greenway a fully realized, full-service park.

  • Serving those who sacrificed

    Roane County native Matt Cofer has one of the most important jobs in the U.S. Armed Services.

    He is responsible for honoring our military serviceman who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

    The 2013 Rockwood High School graduate is a member of an elite unit stationed at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, formerly Fort Myer, Va., home of Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

  • Rockwood police chief to step down

    Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright has announced he will not ask for an extension to his employment contract, effective Jan. 31.

    The contract expires on that date, and Wright confirmed Wednesday that he is leaving the post “strictly for economic reasons.”

    Wright, 62, said according to the state retirement system for law-enforcement employees, he either needs to retire, or require higher compensation to make his stay personally economical.

  • Rockwood police chief to step down

    Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright has announced he will not ask for an extension to his employment contract, effective Jan. 31.

    The contract expires on that date, and Wright confirmed Wednesday that he is leaving the post “strictly for economic reasons.”

    Wright, 62, said according to the state retirement system for law-enforcement employees, he either needs to retire, or require higher compensation to make his stay personally economical.

  • Judge reports phone stolen

    Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton has relied on landline phones to make calls this week.

    His reversion to that old-school form of communication is not due to a feeling of nostalgia, however.

    “My cellphone was stolen on Sunday,” he said.

    Pemberton said the theft occurred at the Rocky Top Market in Rockwood.

    “He did a report on it,” Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright said. “We have a suspect we’re still trying to locate.”

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  • Ex-Rockwood mortician to plead to having child porn

    A former Rockwood funeral director has agreed to enter a guilty plea on one count of knowingly possessing material containing child pornography involving a prepubescent minor.

    Thomas Allan Scarbrough was first federally indicted on Oct. 12, 2015, on one count of distribution of child pornography.

    A second charge of possession of child pornography was added Oct. 20, 2015.

    Scarbrough was arrested in 2015 as part of a nationwide FBI sting involving a child pornography website called Playpen, where Scarbrough had the username “teddybear555.”

  • Environmentalists worry about coal ash contaminants

    Coal ash ponds at TVA’s Kingston and Bull Run Fossil Plants are leaking contaminants into the groundwater and pose a risk to the community, according to a recent presentation by the Southern Environmental Law Center.

    Coal ash contains arsenic, mercury, lead, selenium and other toxic pollutants, according to Amanda Garcia, an energy attorney with the Center who spoke before an audience of about two dozen at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville last week.

  • LAKE LIFE
  • Harriman man accused of leading police on pursuit

    Justin Barton, a 30-year-old Harriman man, is accused of fleeing from Harriman police earlier this month.

    According to the warrant, he was a suspect in a domestic incident that occurred at a residence on Bennett Circle on Jan. 10.

    His wife, Victoria Barton, reportedly told police that they got into an argument over his alleged cheating.

    “During the argument, she went to leave in her car at which time she was backing out of the driveway when her husband threw a large rock and busted out the back window of her car,” the warrant said.