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  • Student teacher charged with contacting minor

    A man who worked as a student teacher at Oliver Springs High School is accused of making inappropriate online contact with a student.

    Travis Lee Tucker, 32, was indicted by the Roane County grand jury last week on two counts of solicitation of a minor.

    According to a report filed in the case, Oliver Springs High School Principal Justin Nivens notified authorities about the allegations last year.

  • Back in charge: Stinnett again police chief

    A familiar face is back as Rockwood police chief.

    Former chief Bill Stinnett, who remained with the department after taking a step back from the department’s top post in 2013, was appointed to the vacancy at the Rockwood City Council meeting on Monday.

    Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller said Stinnett was chief when he first took office as mayor.

    “I think he does an outstanding job,” Miller said. “He’s honest. He works hard.”

  • Longtime Harriman library director Milsaps laid to rest

    Longtime Harriman Public Library Director Barbara Pelfrey Milsaps died Friday at 57.

    Milsaps was devoted to the Harriman Public Library, a historic Carnegie library that was among those funded by entreprenuer Andrew Carnegie.

    Milsaps joined the library staff at only 16. She served as children’s librarian before being named director.

    She retired in 2014, but many said the library would always be known as “Barbara’s Library.”

    Mayor Wayne Best said Milsaps had been a part of Harriman as long as he could remember.

  • Tardiness voids plea deal on Swan Pond cemetery vandalism

    A deal to resolve the Swan Pond Baptist Church cemetery theft and vandalism case didn’t go forward as planned Tuesday morning.

    Assistant District Attorney General Bob Edwards said the agreement was scuttled after defendant Kevin Delaney Limburg didn’t show up on time for his plea hearing at the Roane County Courthouse.

    “We’re pretty unhappy with Mr. Limburg right now,” Edwards said.

  • 18-year-olds charged in sex crime case

    The Roane County grand jury returned a superseding indictment last week in a sex crime case.

    Jack Martin Hornbeck was originally indicted last year on one count of attempted aggravated rape when he was 17.

    Hornbeck is now 18 and the new indictment charges him and another 18-year-old, Houstin Layne Longmire.

    Hornbeck is charged with attempted aggravated rape, aggravated rape, attempted rape, and facilitation of rape. Longmire is charged with attempted aggravated rape, aggravated rape and rape.

    The crimes allegedly occurred on Oct. 3, 2015.

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  • Missing teen found in Crossville

    A Harriman teen is safe at home after she left the city with a Crossville man on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

    Eric Saldana, 25, of Crossville, has been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

    Harriman Sgt. Kent Warren said that the girl was randomly contacted by Saldana on Snapchat. Snapchat is a mobile messaging app in which users can capture photos or brief video clips and share them with friends.

  • 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.