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  • Digging Up CEMETERY Records

    Tammi Barger is helping the town of Oliver Springs solve hundreds of mysteries.

    She is singlehandedly working to identify cemetery inhabitants in Oliver Springs Cemetery by taking pictures of each plot and tombstone — more than 500 at last estimate.

    Records have been lost over the years, and there is little knowledge of many who are buried in the town-owned cemetery. It is at least 100 years old, but it’s not clear its exact age.

  • Alleged assault part of Smoot’s ‘bad acts’ tally

    Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks is pondering what to do about the alleged bad acts prosecutors want to introduce during Shawn Smoot’s upcoming murder trial.

    Wicks didn’t make a decision following two days of hearings in Loudon County earlier this month.

    Smoot is accused of killing Brooke Nicole Morris in Roane County on Oct. 15, 2011.

    Her body was found at the intersection of Blair Road and Old Blair Road. Police said she was shot to death.

  • Cache of alleged stolen goods recovered

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office hauled off numerous items from a home near Harriman on Tuesday as part of a burglary investigation.

    Detective John Mayes said the items taken were stolen from several different counties.

    “We got about $60,000 worth of stolen equipment,” he said. “Ranging from Knox city, Athens, Cleveland, back up into Cookeville, Putnam County, Crossville.”

  • One officer involved in shooting back on the job

    At least one of a pair of Harriman police officers is back on duty since the duo was involved in the non-fatal shooting of a Harriman man embroiled in a domestic dispute at a downtown apartment.

    Sarah Moore has returned back to work in recent weeks, but as of press time it’s not certain whether fellow officer Steve Hart has returned.

    Authorities have also not released whether one or both officers fired at the suspect, Nathan Manis, 28.

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  • State says no to Bojangles’ light

    A traffic light is not the solution Tennessee Department of Transportation recommends at busy Hwy. 70 and Tanner Way in Harriman’s Midtown area.

    Heavy traffic and people trying to turn in and out of the Pinnacle Pointe shopping center and surrounding businesses can make the intersection rather dangerous, especially when drivers are attempting left-hand turns out of the developments onto Hwy. 70.

    Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms said one reason TDOT officials oppose the traffic light is the proximity of other signals.

  • New chief to pick Reed successor

    Officials with Roane County Schools have yet to name the replacement for retiring Rockwood High School Principal Alan Reed.

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes said the hire will be made by his replacement, Dr. Leah Rice Watkins.

    “Hopefully we’ll do that maybe the first couple of weeks of June, so that way they can be ready to start July 1 with her,” Aytes said.

    Citing a desire to go out happy, Reed stepped down as principal this year.

  • Family fun galore
  • Man jailed for string of burglaries

    A Rockwood man didn’t wait very long after being arrested for theft before being arrested again for the same offense.

    Rockwood police said Alex Shane Watts, accused in a string of burglaries, was first arrested on the morning of Saturday, May 7.

    He then made bail and and was arrested again the following day, accused of additional burglaries after his release from jail on Saturday.

    According to Roane County Jail records, Alex Shane Watts, 35, of Rockwood, was arrested and booked into the

  • Mullins pays taxes

    Road Superintendent candidate Brian Mullins has addressed an issue that hounded him during the previous election.

    “I’ve paid those taxes,” he said on Monday.

    Mullins owed more than $80,000 in unpaid property taxes and penalties in 2012, county records showed at the time. Records now show that he owes a few hundred dollars, though he insists he doesn’t owe anything.