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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Lawmen held to accountability

    In the past few years I’ve heard a lot of stories about problems in law enforcement. Everything from bad shootings to bad traffic stops, excessive use of force and civil rights violations.

    When such bad behavior happens it usually makes the news, but generally the incidents are by far the exception rather than the rule.

    Another criticism leveled at law enforcement is a lack of accountability when mistakes are made.


    Cindy Brummett’s smiling face has greeted Taco Bell customers in Harriman for more than two decades.

    She tried a handful of jobs before discovering that Taco Bell was her home; a place where they welcomed her and worked with her developmental disabilities to match her skills with her duties.

    “Cindy has been with us a long time. She’s a special person for sure. Most everyone knows her. We have employees that no longer work here that come by to see Cindy,” said Nickie Donathan, who owns the restaurant with husband Scott.

  • Were Dotsons hooked on pain meds?

    Did accused child starvation parents Matthew and Amanda Dotson neglect their son because they had a pill addiction?

    That was one of the theories floated by prosecutors during a pretrial hearing at the Roane County Courthouse last week.

    “Specifically we’ve talked about the potential issue of misuse of pain medication on behalf of the defendants,” Assistant District Attorney General Bob Edwards said.

  • Chase, shooting led to Harriman police vacancies

    Harriman Police Chief Derek Pacifico is anxious to get up to full staff when he fills three positions in the coming weeks, two of which have been vacant after incidents that happened prior to him becoming department head.

    Lt. Dan Schneider was dismissed in October 2016 for his role in a high speed pursuit that left female passenger Holland Durbrow dead and injured the juvenile driver of the stolen vehicle. Sgt. Michael Cox was demoted to patrolman as well.

  • Sheriff’s K-9 officer gets day suspension following crash

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Deputy Justin Edwards was suspended for one day following an automobile accident that occurred in Rockwood last week.

    Sheriff Jack Stockton said the suspension was for a policy violation.

    “He was exceeding the speed limit by a few miles per hour,” Stockton said. “I don’t think that was a contributing factor, but he was definitely speeding.”

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated the accident. No criminal charges were filed.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Good eats found here in Kingston

    When I moved to Roane County last year one of the things on my “to do” list was to sample the food at some of the better dining establishments.

    Over the years I’ve traveled the globe I’ve eaten in some of the best restaurants. In my opinion, Ruth Chris and the Chop House serve a nice steak, but I never found any place in Knox County that I thought compared with the best restaurants in the world.