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  • Harriman man jailed for cruelty to animal

    A Harriman man is accused of shooting at a small dog in the field behind his home at 110 Hassler Mill Road.

    Jerome Moore, 63, was initially charged with intentional killing of an animal, aggravated cruelty to animals and reckless endangerment according to arrest records.

    The dog survived the shooting and is mending, according to law enforcement, so those charges may be changing.

    According to Harriman Police Detective Dan Schneider’s affidavit of complaint, officers responded to a call that Moore had shot a small dog on March 24.

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  • Expect lane closures on interstate this week

    From staff reports

    Construction work could slow traffic on Interstate 40 in Roane County this week.

    According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation, temporary lane closures are possible eastbound and westbound between mile markers 349 and 352 from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Thursday because of paving.

    The work has to do with a bridge-repair project.

    “Motorists should be alert for workers present, expect potential delays and use extreme caution in this area,” TDOT said.

  • Duo accused of passing off fake bills

    Police responded to the Rocky Top in Midtown Thursday morning after a customer allegedly tried to purchase fuel and a sports drink with counterfeit money.

    Landon Grizzard, 20, and Michael Roberts, 19, were arrested in connection with the incident.

    According to the report, Roane County Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Vianney Del Toro pulled over Grizzard on Swan Pond Road after he was advised Grizzard was a suspect in the counterfeit incident.

    Roberts and Izack Woods were passengers in Grizzard’s truck.

  • Ousted constable OK to run for office

    Mark Patton hasn’t filed his petition to run for property assessor, but the fact that he picked one up is causing quite a stir.

    Patton is a former constable who once stood on the steps of the Roane County Courthouse and boasted about how anyone who got in his way, including police officers, would receive the “business end” of the big stick he carried.

  • Ridge View kids dig after-school program

    Kids love to play in the dirt.

    That’s what Debra Wright believes, and she turned that belief into a popular after school program at Rockwood’s Ridge View Elementary School.

    “I have a garden at home, and my kids love growing their own food,” said Wright, a special education attendant at the school.

    “We started this three years ago, and our kids absolutely love it. Kids love to dig in the dirt, and now this is the [after-school] program the kids want to do the most.”

  • TVA Clinch reactor discussions planned

    From staff reports

    Officials with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will be in Oak Ridge this month to discuss the application process for nuclear power plants.

    TVA is looking to use small modular reactors at its Clinch River Site in Roane County, and may file an early site permit application with the NRC in May.

  • Touch on church bus results in rape charge

    Authorities say a Rockwood man did not deny touching two young girls and forcing them to touch him while both were aboard a church bus earlier this month.

    Larry Lynn Allison, 18, 124 N. Douglas Ave., has been charged with two counts of aggravated sexual battery and rape of a child.

    According to Rockwood Police Department’s affidavit of complaint, a 9-year-old girl told her parents that while riding on an Oliver Springs’ Mount Pisgah Baptist Church bus that “Larry” had touched her genitals and forced her to grab his genitals.

  • Comcast pays REU, but still owes $234,187

    Cable giant Comcast has recently paid a portion of a $384,910.06 outstanding bill with Rockwood Electric Utility, but it still owes more than a quarter of a million dollars, according to officials.

    REU General Manager Kendall Bear confirmed this week that Comcast had sent in a $150,722.46 payment in mid-March.

  • Buffet, wine served at Diners Against Drugs Sunday event

    Leadership Roane County will be raising money for WestCare 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 3, at Gloria Jean’s Fine Southern Provisions in Kingston.

    The group is hosting what is described as its first “Diners against Drugs” event at a cost of $50 per person.

    For that donation, which will go entirely to WestCare, patrons will be treated to a buffet provided by the restaurant, wine provided by Larry Kornacki and special music by Mike Shannon of The River Sharks.