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  • So-called ‘menace’ facing more charges

    The man who Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton called a menace to society faces more legal trouble.

    Larry Matthew Adkisson was indicted by the Roane County grand jury last month on aggravated burglary, theft of property and forgery charges.

    He appeared in Roane County Criminal Court on Oct. 24 with his attorney, Jedidiah C. McKeehan.

  • Rockwood police OT means more arrests, less crime

    Thanks to approved overtime at the Rockwood Police Department, the office is making a considerable dent in criminal activities.

    Increased patrols and additional manpower were added as of Oct. 1, said Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright. The move was approved by Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller and the Rockwood City Council.

    “All Rockwood officers are ‘looking beyond the citation’ to apprehend those engaged in narcotics and other criminal activity,” Wright said in a press release.

  • Preacher accused of raping two girls

    A clergyman at a South of the River church is accused of abusing two underage girls.

    J. Hugh McDowell, 62, was indicted by the Roane County grand jury on Oct. 17 on two counts of sexual battery by an authority figure, two counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child, one count of aggravated sexual battery and one count of child rape.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office incident report, McDowell is the assistant pastor at Spoken Words Ministry Church. The investigation into his alleged sex crimes began this past summer.

  • Attorney’s attempt to rescind annexation heads to trial in ’17

    Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton denied the city of Harriman’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to void decades-old annexation into South Harriman.

    Attorney Gerald Largen’s lawsuit to void the annexation, which began in 1959, is set for trial on Jan. 30, 2017.

    “We intend to prove at the trial the annexation ordinance from 1960 was a valid annexation,” said attorney Michael Kelley, who represents the city.

  • TBI looking into Oakdale shooting

    By Joe King

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has opened a case after an Oakdale man was found dead from gunshot wounds late Friday night.

    Ellis Hamby Jr., 44, was found dead in a Leslie Drive home he shared with his girlfriend, Tonya Baughman, 46.

    The TBI release states that autopsy results are still pending, but preliminary information indicates Hamby died from gunshot wounds.

  • spirited choices

    More wine and liquor sales could be coming to Roane County after the coming election.

    The Tennessee General Assembly passed a law that went into effect July 1, permitting wine sales in supermarkets.

    However, each county and city must lay the groundwork for the sales by passing their own referendums.

    Kingston and Harriman passed the necessary referendums, and Food City stores in both cities and Kroger in Harriman’s Midtown area began selling wine July 1.

    Rockwood and Oliver Springs had not entered the fray.

  • Early voting ends Thursday

    Roane Countians continue to turn out for the Nov. 8 election.

    According to the Tennessee Department of State, the early and absentee vote total for the county was 11,904 through Monday.

    “It looks like we’re going to be over 15,000 for early voting this year,” Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said. “That’s quite a few more than I expected.”

    Those who haven’t voted early still have two more days to do it. The early voting period ends on Thursday at 5 p.m.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Kingston strikes waterfront balance

    I take my dog Harley for a walk just about every night along the Kingston waterfront.

    Sometimes it’s a short walk over to the Gravel Pit or maybe a longer walk around Fort Southwest Point. Harley likes the wildlife, including ducks, geese or an occasional turtle crossing the trail.

    The paths along the water are usually quiet, but I’ll often see Kingston Councilman Norman Sugarman and his wife out for a walk. Councilman Don White can be found sitting in the pavilion near the Gravel Pit.