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  • OS family honored for home preservation

    An Oliver Springs family has been recognized for preservation efforts in the renovation of their longtime family home.

    The East Tennessee Preservation Alliance honored the Diggs family for their work on the home at 224 E. Tri County Blvd. The home has been in the family since owner Bettina Diggs Cox’s great-grandfather Alfred Houston Diggs and great-grandmother Scotland Diggs built it in 1905.

    “We are just very honored to be able to own this home and have it in Oliver Springs, where so many homes are being restored,” Cox said.

  • Student hit, killed by motorcycle

    Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect additional information.

    A student was hit and killed by a motorcycle after getting off a school bus Friday afternoon.

    The accident happened on Old Harriman Hwy.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating, and identified the student as 12-year-old Jacob Paterson. He attended Oliver Springs Middle School.

    “The kids and the family and all of those, our prayers are going out to them,” Roane County Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said.

  • Stun gun subdues naked man

    Kingston police used a Taser to subdue a naked man on Halloween night.

    It was the second time in a three-day span that the subject, 51-year-old Lloyd E. Harrison, was found naked around town.

    “He’s had a few issues, I think, or he just got hot,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said. “I don’t know.”

    The first incident happened on Oct. 29. at the Kingston Community Center.

  • Rockwood, county may team up for tax sales

    Roane County municipalities could receive delinquent property tax monies if they follow the state statute on tax sales.

    Roane County Clerk and Master Shannon Conley has brought the statute to the attention of Rockwood, Harriman and Kingston governmental entities for action.

    Conley said last week that no Roane County cities have had tax sales for over 20 years, while the county holds sales annually to recoup delinquent property taxes. The county would be willing to hold the sales for the cities, if they agree to partner with the county on the process.

  • New year, new building

    Rockwood Electric Utility hopes to be in their new home by the beginning of next year.

    “They are telling us they should have the building ready to release to us to start putting furniture in it by mid-December,” said manager Kendall Bear.

    Bear said other things, like transferring phone lines and moving computers, will push the opening until January most likely.

    “It is unlikely we will occupy it by Christmas, that we will be open for business to take payments,” he said.

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  • Cargo trailers of stolen items recovered

    A recent burglary investigation led to the recovery of two cargo trailers full of stolen property.

    “The suspects are cooperating,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Detective John Mayes said. “We’re close to 29 burglaries that they have been tied to, or have admitted to.”

    Mayes identified the suspects as Timothy Shawn Fink, Gregory Wade Cribb Sr. and Travis Dustin Mcghee. Mayes said Mcghee and Cribb were partners and Fink acted alone.

    “They were hitting every city in the county,” Mayes said.

  • Alleged scuffle grabs attention

    Police officers are all around the Roane County Courthouse on Mondays, but that didn’t stop a Rockwood man from allegedly running afoul of the law in the building.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Gary Watts charged Ryan Christopher Hackett with violating an order of protection and resisting arrest.

    According to the report, Watts was standing outside one of the courtrooms on Oct. 24 when he saw a woman identified as Sydney Winters trying to get away from Hackett.

  • 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.