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  • McClure back in trouble after Eblen’s break

    Jeremiah E. McClure may have squandered the break he received last November.

    A warrant filed this month in Roane County Criminal Court accuses him of violating his community corrections.

    Then-criminal court judge E. Eugene Eblen placed McClure on community corrections for six years in November for a 2014 crime spree.

  • Rockwood PD to get new body cameras

    Rockwood Police Department will be getting new body cameras to replace those bought in December 2014.

    Rockwood City Council on Monday approved a proposal from Digital Ally at $8,744.52.

    “What we are purchasing is upgrading the equipment and software,” said Police Chief Danny Wright.

    The new system will automatically download video.

    It also allows officers to limit video access to only a few people in the department. He said two or three people will process the video.

  • Lions Club breakfast helps community

    A large crowd enjoyed a nice meal at Kingston First Baptist Church Saturday morning, as Kingston Lions Club held its annual pancake breakfast.

    “It’s a good thing to do,” Kingston Lions Club President Steve Bates said. “You get to get out and meet and greet people, and have a good breakfast.”

    While Saturday’s breakfast was a great meeting place, the purpose of the meal was to raise money that will in return help Roane County.

    “We had sponsors from all over the county,” Bates said.

  • Wildflower hike planned April 16

    To kick off National Park Week, the Obed Wild and Scenic River will offer a wildflower hike on the Point Trail on April 16.

    Participants should meet at Lilly Overlook parking area at 10 a.m. This 3.8 mile hike will highlight some of the wildflowers and views of the river gorges.

    The Point Trail includes some moderate changes in elevation. Along the way, the trail crosses the rushing cascades of Melton Mill Branch on a bridge nestled deep within the hush of the hemlock forest canopy between impenetrable green walls of laurel and rhododendron.

  • Firearms plea gets Farmer 7.5 years


    U.S. District Judge Curtis L. Collier sentenced Tyler Farmer to 7.5 years in federal prison last Wednesday. 

    His prison sentence will be followed by three years of supervised release. 



    TVA received a “chilling effect letter” from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission last week about the work environment at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant.   

  • Smooth sailing in judge races?


    The race for 9th Judicial District Criminal Court judge could be an easy for Jeff Wicks. 

    As of last week, he was the only person who had picked up and filed a petition to run for the position. 



    The multiple delays in the Shawn Smoot murder case haven taken a toll on Tina Gregg. 

    “You can pretty much say I’ve lost all hope in the justice system,” she said on Wednesday. 

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  • Smoot car likely caught on video

    Prosecutors are in possession of some evidence that could prove particularly damaging for Shawn Smoot at his upcoming first-degree murder trial.

    Smoot is accused of killing Brooke Nicole Morris. Her body was found at the intersection of Blair Road and Old Blair Road on Oct. 15, 2011.

    Assistant District Attorney General Bob Edwards said a security system at a nearby home captured video of a car in the area just before the body was found.

    Authorities have the video, which could be introduced as evidence during the trial.