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  • Grant to go toward old courthouse repairs

    The Marilyn Frank Opportunity Fund of the East Tennessee Foundation recently awarded a $4,200 Challenge Grant to the Roane County Heritage Commission.

    This grant will be used to partially fund needed repairs to the exterior of the historic Roane County Courthouse.



  • Sex-crime deal puts OS man on probation for next eight years

    A 33-year-old Oliver Springs man will spend the next eight years of his life on state probation for a sex crime.

    Andre Deshawn Boyd was scheduled to stand trial on Friday in Roane County Criminal Court for aggravated sexual battery.

    Instead of putting his fate in the hands of a jury, Boyd reached an agreement with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of attempted aggravated sexual battery.

  • Rockwood woman’s term commuted

    Prayers were answered for the family of a woman serving time in federal prison.

    Kristi Miller was sentenced to 20 years for her role in a Roane County methamphetamine conspiracy. She wasn’t scheduled to be released until Nov. 19, 2027. Her sentence will end earlier now.

    On Jan. 19, his last full day in office, President Barack Obama granted Miller’s request for clemency.

    “She’s ecstatic,” Miller’s father, Rockie Elswick said.


    Three siblings from Kingston have a unique bond that transcends genetics.

    Evan, Justin and Laina McCroskey have all attended — and graduated from — the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

    Their parents, Wesley and Debra McCroskey, aren’t sure where that interest started, as they were not a military family. However, they believe that Wesley McCroskey’s private pilot’s license and passion for flying may have contributed to some degree.

  • State roadwork may tax motorists

    Nine Roane County transportation projects are in the hopper to be completed under Gov. Bill Haslam’s transportation plan.

    While Haslam proposes cutting the sales tax on food another .50 percent to 4.5 percent, he is also advocating to raise the gasoline tax by 7 cents per gallon and by 12 cents a gallon for diesel to more quickly address those and the more than 900 other projects. He’s also proposing raising the registration fee by $5 for the average passenger vehicle.

  • Feds indict Harriman man who fired shots

    Christopher John Harmon, a 37-year-old Harriman man, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Tuesday.

    He’s charged with being a convicted felon in possession of ammunition.

    The charge stems from a Jan. 3 incident at an apartment on Anzie Way in Harriman. According to a criminal complaint filed by ATF Special Agent Rebecca Bobich, Harriman police responded to a report of shots fired in Apartment D2 around 10:45 p.m.

  • Roane official at inauguration
  • New trial date for meth suspects

    Three people charged in a Roane County methamphetamine conspiracy had their trial dates rescheduled last week.

    Demetrius Hodges, Alfred Barrett and Justin Redmon were scheduled to stand trial on Feb. 28. U.S. Magistrate Judge C. Clifford Shirley Jr. rescheduled the trials to Aug. 22 during a hearing at the federal courthouse in Knoxville.

    Another co-defendant in the case, Anthony Jones, was scheduled to have a change of plea hearing last week, but it was reset for Feb. 7.

  • Blood drive honors Summitt legacy

    Medic Regional Blood Center is rallying donors to help The Pat Summitt Foundation during a Feb. 1 blood drive at Rockwood Walmart. The blood drive will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    It’s part of Medic’s effort toward funding of organizations engaged in patient care, caregiver support, and Alzheimer’s disease clinical research.

    Former Lady Vols Coach Pat Summitt was a blood donor and an advocate for Medic and the community blood supply.