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  • Pierce trial set for July

    Former Rockwood public works director Tom Pierce is set to go to trial in July.

    He is set for a three-day jury trial beginning July 14 on the allegations of official misconduct, theft of property and fradulant use of a credit/debit card.

    A status hearing was held on the case Tuesday.

    Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller had no comment about the case, but he hopes to see the city move past the scandal.

    “I think it is something the city of Rockwood needs to get behind them,” he said.

  • Robotics team shows stuff at Michael Dunn Center

    The theme for this year’s high school robotics competition is Recycle Rush.

    It was fitting, then, that Roane County High School’s robotics team did something for the Michael Dunn Center’s recycling program.

    The center helps people with special needs and disabilities be more independent.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Random thoughts on the passing scene

    Gentle reader, as you have no doubt observed, the transfer of power brought about by the 2014 election whereby the Democrats lost their majority in the Senate, has stimulated a certain triumphalism in the Republicans.

  • On the hunt
  • Accused wife-shooter out of jail

    Former police officer Jeremy Alexander Gambrell, 41, who is accused of shooting estranged wife Jenny Gambrell, bonded out of jail on Wednesday.

    He had been in the Roane County Jail since March 21, when he is charged with shooting Jenny Gambrell multiple times and holding Roane County sheriff’s deputies at bay for several hours at her home.

    He had a bond-reduction hearing this week.

  • Cyclists expected to roll in for race

    Two-wheel competitors are expected to flock to Roane County for the return of a successful cycling event.

    The Roane County Omnium is back, now more fittingly called the Three River Rumble.

    It starts Saturday, April 18, and features a weekend full of road bike racing in Harriman, Kingston and Rockwood.

    “Last year we drew in just over 125,” said Harriman City Councilman Chris Ahler, a retired competitive cyclist and part of the organizing. “We expect this year to draw over 200 people.”

  • Teen injured in Wednesday afternoon wreck
  • Video training helps firefighters drive safer

    It may have looked like a day spent playing video games, but the time Harriman firefighting crews spent in front of glowing screens was serious business.

    Both firefighters and reserve officers took part last week in an eight-hour class on emergency driving.

    The firefighters worked thought different scenarios and sequences on the simulator to reinforce proper driving habits. The simulator can be set up for fire, police or EMS vehicles.

    “They don’t always realize the consequences of their actions,” instructor Jason Sparks said.

  • Rosado murder trial delayed again, much to victim’s family’s chagrin

    Assistant District Attorney General Bob Edwards was forced to do something he didn’t want to Thursday — that was to tell James Cobb’s family that the woman accused of killing him wasn’t going to trial next week.

    Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen granted the Public Defender’s Office request for a continuance in the second-degree murder case of Tammy Rosado, who was scheduled to stand trial on Tuesday.

  • Watts Bar Dam traffic to one lane

    TVA will work with the Rhea County Sheriff’s Office to close one lane of Hwy. 68 traffic over Watts Bar Dam from 8 a.m. on Wednesday, April 1, until 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 2.

    The closure will allow TVA to change out lighting over the roadway. The public is advised to be aware of traffic signs and flagging staff. TVA appreciates the public’s understanding. In the event of inclement weather, the work may be extended or rescheduled.