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  • Pursuit suspect caught

    A man who was being pursued by Rhea County authorities reportedly wrecked his vehicle in Roane County on Friday.

    “I was notified that Rhea County was trying to stop a vehicle that was on Highway 27 North potentially coming into our county,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said. “It ended up getting into our county.”

    Phillips said members of the Roane County Sheriff’s Office planned to deploy spike strips to try and stop the vehicle, but the strips ended up not being needed.

  • Pair accused of animal cruelty

    A Rockwood pair are charged with four counts each of animal cruelty.

    Jeffrey Scott Mast, 50, and wife Dawn Mast, 45, 413 Molyneux St., Rockwood, are accused of intentionally or knowingly failing unreasonably to provide necessary food, water, care or shelter for an animal in his or her custody on or around Nov. 16, 2016.

    Rockwood Animal Control Officer Mark Neeley said the neglect case involves four dogs.

    “One had to be put down it was so bad,” Neeley said.

    The pair were booked into the Roane County Jail on Thursday, Feb. 23.

  • Kingston shooting lands man in jail

    A shooting investigation resulted in the arrest of a Kingston man on Friday. Jason Lee Whitefield, 32, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

    “We got him in custody early this morning,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said Friday.

    According to the report, Whitney Williams drove herself to the Rocky Top Market on Morrison Hill to get help for a gunshot wound to her leg.

  • Janitor accused of sex crimes

    A woman who worked as a custodian at Midway High School was indicted by the Roane County grand jury last week on sex crimes.

    Jessica Elane Galyon, 29, is charged with sexual battery by an authority figure, aggravated statutory rape and statutory rape by an authority figure. The alleged crimes occurred last September, according to the indictment.

  • No permits needed for farm buildings

    Roane County will no longer require farmers to participate in the permitting and inspection process for agricultural buildings.

    “This past month we have had a major change in our interpretation and implementation of building and codes for agricultural buildings,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “Agricultural buildings are excluded from requirements of permitting and inspection.”

    Roane County Farm Bureau Agency Manager Rusty Byrd said his organization approached Woody and questioned why

  • Fewer schools, more choices?

    Since the Roane County Board of Education doesn’t have the money to build a massive new high school, it will need the County Commission to pass a plan to cover the funding.

    There is no guarantee that will happen.

    “I personally do not think one high school would work,” District 1 Commissioner Darryl Meadows said. “Maybe on paper, but not necessarily reality. There’s too much travel time and too many natural barriers, such as rivers.”

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  • Harriman man accused of child rape, kidnapping

    A Harriman man made his first appearance in court Tuesday, Feb. 21, on rape of a child and especially aggravated kidnapping.

    The Oct. 18, 2016 indictment said Michael David Russell, 57, 640 Margrave Drive, Harriman, Apt. 1, “did intentionally, knowingly or recklessly sexually penetrate” a child older than 3 but younger than 13 years of age on or about Feb. 3, 2014.

    A second count was related to the kidnapping, saying he unlawfully removed or confined the juvenile younger than the age of 13.

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