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  • No tax increase in Rockwood

    Rockwood City Council approved its fiscal 2017 budget with no tax increase and enough left over to tackle a couple of badly needed projects.

    “I feel very good about it,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller. “There is no tax increase. We were able to help our employees with our health insurance.”

    Miller credits City Administrator Becky Ruppe, finance officer Belinda Puckett, department heads and the past mayor and City Council for helping turn the city’s finances around.

  • Oak Ridge man charged with child rape

    An Oak Ridge man accused of committing sex crimes was arrested last week.

    Ronald Burch Mashburn, 64, is charged with one count of attempted child rape, eight counts of aggravated sexual battery and four counts of child rape.

    The alleged crimes occurred between July 18, 2006, and July 17, 2011.  

    Knoxville attorney Jim Scott said he’ll probably be representing Mashburn in the case.

    He said the allegations against Mashburn are highly disputed.

  • Nail gun used to inflict injury

    Harriman police reported finding a man had barricaded himself in a downtown business and shot himself multiple times with a nail gun.

    The man, whose name was not released by press time, was taken into protective custody Thursday afternoon.

    Police reported they were asked to do a welfare check at Mobile Works at 114 N. Roane St. at 2:45 p.m. A store employee was seen slumped over his desk and unresponsive.

    Officers forced entry into the business and the subject allegedly grabbed a pneumatic nail gun and placed it to his head.

  • Suspect in murder for hire plot indicted

    The saga continues for a mother accused in a murder-for-hire plot.

    Laura Ann Buckingham waived her preliminary hearing in April and had her case bound over to the Roane County grand jury.

    The grand jury met on Tuesday, and indicted Buckingham for solicitation to commit first-degree murder.

    She’s scheduled to be arraigned in Roane County Criminal Court on June 27, but Public Defender Kim Nelson said Thursday that her office is filing a waiver of arraignment. That means Buckingham will not have to appear in court.

  • Harriman man who fired on police charged

    A former Morgan County Correctional Complex officer accused of shooting at Harriman police has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon.

    Harriman police officers Sarah Moore and Steve Hart responded March 8 to a disturbance call at the 507 N. Roane St. apartment that Nathan Manis, 26, of Harriman, shared with his wife, Lauren.

  • File lacks details on transfer

    Jon Leffew’s personnel file didn’t provide any indication on why he was abruptly removed from his teaching/coaching position at Midway High School.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said Leffew was the focus of a recent investigation conducted by his office.

    He said Detective John Mayes spoke with the mother of a female student during the investigation.

    No criminal charges were filed, and Stockton said school officials decided to handle the matter internally.

  • City hopes surplus will pay for more paving

    Harriman is presently under budget on its paving projects, and city officials hope the money saved will enable them to resurface even more streets.

    City Manager Kevin Helms is optimistic the initial list of streets can be completed below officials’ estimates, which were higher than what was actually budgeted.

    If all pans out, even more paving can be completed.

    “We felt pretty confident we had estimated some quantities high, so we felt our actual expenses would be less,” said Helms.

  • KINGSTON TO BRING IN THE FOURTH WITH A BANG

    Kingston will make quite the splash starting next Friday when it kicks off its Smokin’ the Water four-day extravaganza.

    Long a regional center for July Fourth activities, Kingston promises more of the same this year, with boat races by the American Power Boat Association, live entertainment, the July Fourth parade, a sand volleyball tournament, a car show, and a handmade raft contest, all of which culminates with fireworks after sunset July 4.

  • DA releases dashcam of Harriman officer-involved shooting

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson has released the dashcam video from a March 8 shooting that involved two Harriman police officers.

    The video was released Thursday afternoon, a day after Nathan Manis was indicted for his involvement in the incident that escalated from a domestic situation.

    Sarah Moore and Steve Hart were the officers involved. Moore is back on duty; officials said Thursday Hart has since retired.

    See Monday's issue of the Roane County News for more details.

  • Very Blessed Seniors

    In 1936, Caney Ford Baptist Church in Midtown held its first-ever vacation Bible school.

    In attendance that year were Don Alford, Sanny Bowman and Jack Bowman.

    A lot has changed in 80 years, but one thing is still the same: the trio is still attending VBS at the church they love.

    Sanny Bowman and Alford are both 85 years old, while Jack Bowman is 83.

    Other than serving their country, they have never missed a VBS.