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  • Harriman man nabbed on indictment for sex crimes

    Daniel Lee Goins, a 34-year-old Harriman man, is in trouble with the law for alleged sex crimes involving a minor.

    According to Roane County Criminal Court records, he’s charged with two counts of exploitation of a minor by electronic means. The alleged crimes occurred on June 1, 2016.

    The Roane County grand jury indicted Goins on June 19 of this year, and he was arrested on Aug. 9.

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  • Chairman campaign coming

    Roane County Commission Chairman Ron Berry may have competition if he seeks the post again next month.

    Commissioner James Brummett has announced he wants the position.

    “I believe we need a little more show of unity,” Brummett said. “We’ve got some real good people on County Commission. The potential is there. We just need to unify a little bit, I think.”

    Brummett served as chairman from 2010-15.

  • Pemberton remembered for serving spirit

    Purple Heart recipient and former Rockwood High School football coach Tom Pemberton passed away on Sunday. He was 93.

    “I can talk about him all day,” longtime friend J. Polk Cooley said. “He was a great person.”

    Pemberton and Cooley both graduated from Rockwood High School in 1943.

    “The day we walked up to get our diplomas, he was on a train headed to the Marine training base in San Diego, California, so his mother came up and got his diploma,” Cooley recalled.

  • Assault plea adds six years to Dyer prison sentence

    A Rockwood man was sentenced to additional time in state prison for his guilty plea in Criminal Court last week.

    Warren E. Dyer was charged with domestic assault, false imprisonment, aggravated assault, aggravated rape, sexual battery, domestic assault and simple assault.

    He reached a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to aggravated assault. He was sentenced to six years in prison. The sentence will run consecutively to a six year prison term he was already serving in another case, which means Dyer’s total effective sentence now is 12 years.

  • 58 Overlook reopens to the public

    The Oak Ridge Visitor Center on Hwy. 58 overlooking the site of the Manhattan Project that developed atomic weapons during World War II is once again open for visitors.

    The center, originally built about 30 years ago, has displays that provide information about the history of the Manhattan Project and the K-25, Y-12 and X-10 buildings.

    The property, including about 160 acres behind the visitor center, was purchased from the U.S. Department of Energy last November by John McCormick.


    A muted cheer erupted across Roane State Community College’s Roane State campus Monday afternoon as a total eclipse briefly darkened the sky, causing cicadas to break into a brief crescendo.

    People flocked from all over to witness the event, a feeling of camaraderie among those who saw what for many was a once-in-a-lifetime sight.

    “I wanted to come out here today and see it because my Mom works here and it is probably one of the best places I could be to see it,” said Taylor Mathews.

  • Swan Pond complex offered viewing

    A couple dozen people showed up for a solar eclipse viewing event hosted by Roane County at the Swan Pond Sports Complex.

    “I love it,” Clinton resident Margo McKamey said of the location. “It’s fabulous. You’re going to be able to see the horizons all the way around, viewing for miles.”

    McKamey was accompanied by her husband and two daughters.