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  • Woman injured in crash with sheriff’s K-9 vehicle

    A deputy with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office was involved in an automobile accident Thursday in Rockwood on Gateway Ave. It happened around 5:30 p.m. near Tractor Supply.

    Sheriff Jack Stockton said the officer involved was K-9 Deputy Justin Edwards.

    “We just took information from him about the accident,” Stockton said Friday. “He said a lady pulled out in front of him and into his traffic lane and he had to swerve to miss her and struck another vehicle.”

  • Rockwood police chief to step down

    Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright has announced he will not ask for an extension to his employment contract, effective Jan. 31.

    The contract expires on that date, and Wright confirmed Wednesday that he is leaving the post “strictly for economic reasons.”

    Wright, 62, said according to the state retirement system for law-enforcement employees, he either needs to retire, or require higher compensation to make his stay personally economical.

  • Rockwood police chief to step down

    Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright has announced he will not ask for an extension to his employment contract, effective Jan. 31.

    The contract expires on that date, and Wright confirmed Wednesday that he is leaving the post “strictly for economic reasons.”

    Wright, 62, said according to the state retirement system for law-enforcement employees, he either needs to retire, or require higher compensation to make his stay personally economical.

  • Judge reports phone stolen

    Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton has relied on landline phones to make calls this week.

    His reversion to that old-school form of communication is not due to a feeling of nostalgia, however.

    “My cellphone was stolen on Sunday,” he said.

    Pemberton said the theft occurred at the Rocky Top Market in Rockwood.

    “He did a report on it,” Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright said. “We have a suspect we’re still trying to locate.”

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  • Ex-Rockwood mortician to plead to having child porn

    A former Rockwood funeral director has agreed to enter a guilty plea on one count of knowingly possessing material containing child pornography involving a prepubescent minor.

    Thomas Allan Scarbrough was first federally indicted on Oct. 12, 2015, on one count of distribution of child pornography.

    A second charge of possession of child pornography was added Oct. 20, 2015.

    Scarbrough was arrested in 2015 as part of a nationwide FBI sting involving a child pornography website called Playpen, where Scarbrough had the username “teddybear555.”

  • Environmentalists worry about coal ash contaminants

    Coal ash ponds at TVA’s Kingston and Bull Run Fossil Plants are leaking contaminants into the groundwater and pose a risk to the community, according to a recent presentation by the Southern Environmental Law Center.

    Coal ash contains arsenic, mercury, lead, selenium and other toxic pollutants, according to Amanda Garcia, an energy attorney with the Center who spoke before an audience of about two dozen at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville last week.

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