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  • Schoolmate hedges on claim of threat to kill

    A Harriman High School teen surprised prosecutors when he was noncommittal about what he heard regarding alleged threats Jacob Kinney made concerning MarStratton Gordon, the 23-year-old U.S. Army soldier who Kinney is accused of killing.

    During proceedings to determine if state witness Austin Quick could be treated as a hostile witness, Harriman Police Det. Kent Warren took the stand and said Quick had told him Kinney had said if Gordon did not stop abusing his sister he was going to kill him.

  • Teen to be tried as adult for murder

    A Harriman teenager accused of killing his sister’s boyfriend sat stoic on Wednesday when General Sessions Judge Terry Stevens transferred his case to Roane County Criminal Court.

    Jacob Kinney was 15 on Aug. 28, 2016, when he is accused of shooting MarStratton Gordon in the face while Gordon was visiting the Kinneys’ Byrd Street double-wide near downtown Harriman.

    The news came as a relief to Gordon’s family.

  • Teen murder suspect transferred to criminal court

    A 16-year-old boy charged with second-degree murder in the Aug. 28, 2016, shooting death of MarStratton Gordon will be facing those charges in Roane County Criminal Court.

    Judge Terry Stephens ruled that Jacob Kinney should be moved from Roane County Juvenile Court to Roane County Criminal Court at a hearing Wednesday, June 14.

    It’s a relief to the family of Gordon, who were in attendance.

    “It needs to be taken out of juvenile without getting a slap on the wrist,” said stepfather James Turner.


    Roane County will likely be declared a federal disaster area as a result of damage caused by the May 27 storm, officials said this week.

    The storm caused more than $1 million in damage to electrical lines, knocking out power to thousands and downing trees that damaged homes and blocked roads.

  • Teen may be tried as adult

    A Harriman teen may face a second-degree murder charge in adult court.

    Jacob Kinney is set to appear for a hearing to determine whether his case will remain in juvenile court or be tried as an adult in criminal court.

    “It is still set for Wednesday morning at 9 a.m.,” said District Attorney Russell Johnson of the hearing.

    If they are successful, Kinney will be transferred to adult court, Johnson said.

    Kinney was 15 when he shot and killed his sister’s boyfriend, 23-year-old MarStratton Gordon, on Aug. 28, 2016.

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  • Harriman Gardens fire damages nine units

    Harriman Fire Department contained a fire to one apartment at Harriman Gardens after receiving a call around 9:40 p.m. Friday, June 9.

    “The resident called and said the bed was on fire in the bedroom,” said Harriman Fire Department Deputy Chief Brad Daniels.

    “It was contained to the one apartment, but on the floor there was smoke damage to the hallways,” said Daniels.

    The fire started in apartment 302 in building B.

  • Woman’s lawsuit claims swing injured her hand

    A Kingston woman claims she suffered a severe hand injury because of a defective swing at Roane County Park. She’s now seeking $75,000 in damages from the county in a lawsuit.

    The incident happened on March 6, 2016. The lawsuit was filed earlier this year.

    “Plaintiff, Caroline McDavid, avers that she was safely swinging on a swing set at Roane County Park when the S-hook attaching the seat of the swing to the chain on plaintiff’s swing came loose causing plaintiff to fall to the ground and injure her hand,” the lawsuit said.

  • School board votes to fund Chromebook computer plan

    From staff reports

    A unanimous vote of the Board of Education last week put Roane County another step closer to the full implementation of the 1:the World initiative that would put a laptop computer into the hands of every child in the school system.

    The school board voted to fund the program for the 2017-18 school year as part of an effort that could take several years to complete.

    During the 2017-18 year 1,270 devices will be added. More than 1,000 new devices will be added each year.

  • Mega school sessions start today

    Roane County Schools is seeking community feedback about the new consolidated high school its planning to build. A series of public input and focus group sessions will be held this week, starting today – Wednesday.

    “We’re embarking in a pretty exciting stage of our high school building program planning,” Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said. “During this phase, we’re actually embarking upon a significant amount of public input and public feedback.”