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  • Rider hurt in bike crash

    A Harriman man is recovering from serious injuries after a motorcycle accident Saturday afternoon on Swan Pond Circle Road.

    Shane Whittenbarger, 37, Harriman, was taken to Parkwest Medical Center by ambulance.

    “I thank God first and foremost for watching over my husband and for allowing him to be here with us today,” said his wife, Tiffany Whittenbarger.

    “I know that difficult circumstances, hard situations and painful circumstances are a sign of God’s love and faithfulness to us.”

  • Woman moons Walmart employee

    A Rockwood woman said she mooned a Walmart loss prevention employee on May 18 because she was upset about being followed.

    “If he would have just told me who he was, everything would have been OK,” Tiffany Laura Edwards said.

    Rockwood police charged her with criminal trespass and indecent exposure in the incident.

    Edwards, 37, is not allowed on Walmart property, but she said she went there on May 18 to meet her parents.

    “I was in a bind,” she said.

  • Memorial Day 2016: Never Forget

    Roane County paid tribute to those who paid the ultimate price for freedom during Memorial Day services in Harriman, Kingston and Rockwood.

  • Meth charges against area duo

    Two Rockwood residents were charged with possession of methamphetamine after Kingston Police Officers responded to a tip Saturday.

    Kingston police received a call from an informant Saturday who said he had just left a room at the Lakeview Motel where illegal activity was being conducted. The informant gave names of the people in the room and it was determined that Billy Allen McLean, 37, of Rockwood had two warrants outstanding.

  • ‘It’s a fantastic thing to be remembered’

    Five Korean War veterans stood solemnly as a red, white and blue wreath was placed at the site of Harriman’s Korean War memorial.

    “It is a fantastic thing to be remembered,” said Otto Barnes, a Korean War veteran.

    Barnes and fellow Korean War veteran Clyde Jones were the inspiration for the appearance of the two statues at the Korean War memorial in Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park, which will eventually feature three statues.

  • Kingston puts new tractor to work

    Kingston officials came for a sneak peek at the new tractor for mowing city rights of way last week.

    Those who came to see the newly arrived tractor and compare it to the one it will be replacing include Kingston Manager David Bolling, Kingston City Council members Don White, Sarah Humphreys and John Byrkit, Mayor Tim Neal, Public Works Director Tim Clark and operator Randy Walker.

  • Church trailer among burglary items recovered

    Prayers were answered for City Hills Church in Knoxville.

    The black cargo trailer the church uses to store and transport equipment to West Valley Middle School was stolen recently, but some astute work by the Roane County Sheriff’s Office has it back in church custody.

    “I’m just grateful the church got their property back,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

    City Hills Pastor Brandon Shanks said he didn’t expect to see the trailer again after it was stolen.

  • More than $5,000 raised for Lily and family

     

  • Woman hurt in motorcycle crash on I-40

    A Hermitage woman was injured when the motorcycle she was riding on crashed on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 40 last Tuesday.

    According to Tennessee Highway Patrol reports, Rose M. Mc-Keithen, 55, was “thrown from the vehicle and rolled multiple times before coming to a final rest” next to one vehicle.

    The reports indicate the motorcycle’s driver, James A. Mc-Keithen, 60, also of Hermitage, struck a second vehicle in the rear.

  • Two Rockwood officers back on duty after leave

    Rockwood Patrolman Rick Thomas has been back on duty since he was temporarily put on administrative leave without pay for a few weeks this winter after allegations around a traffic stop when a four-wheeler ran into the back of his patrol care in September 2015.

    Video shows the patrolman handcuffing one of the suspects, who is lying on the ground, and kneeing the suspect.

    The officer is also seen stepping on the suspect’s sunglasses afterward.