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  • Young child left at Roane County Park

    A Rockwood couple allegedly left their 5-year-old son at Roane County Park on April 17.

    Ashley Marie Childs and Michael Anthony Tindall II were charged with child abuse and neglect in the incident.

    According to the warrant, a woman was having her daughter’s birthday party at shed No. 5 when she noticed a little boy standing by a slide crying.

  • Goggles give new perspective

    Midway High School students were learning the dangers of driving drunk last Friday, as School Resource Officer Rick Butler set up an obstacle course and then had the teenagers drive with goggles that simulated driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

  • Inspector General finds issues at TVA Kingston

    The TVA Office of the Inspector General has uncovered more issues at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

    Some of the ones detailed in a March 10 report deal with employee morale, trust and communication.

    Those things could be improved, according to the report.

  • TVA touts small modular reactor, not all convinced

    Environmentalists are already lining up against TVA’s plan to deploy a small modular reactor at its Clinch River Site in Roane County.

    “From what I know about these small modular reactors, the thing that worries me the most is people who are for them seem to be taking for granted that just because they’re smaller, they’d be cheaper, safer and better,” said Lou Zeller, executive director of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League.

  • Coalfield murder victim former Harriman man

    Editor's note: An earlier version of this story contained incorrect information. It has been updated.

    From staff reports

    A Coalfield man was murdered early Monday morning, and officials are asking for the public’s help in apprehending the perpetrator.

    James Pete McCarroll, 71, was found shot and beaten outside Allied Metal Recovery and Refining just after 6 a.m. Monday.

    It is believed he was killed between 5:30 and 6 a.m., according to a release from the 9th District Attorney General’s Office.

  • Rockwood Library reopens recently
  • School board selects new director

    The Roane County Board of Education selected Leah Rice Watkins as its new director at its meeting Wednesday night.

    The board did final interviews with Watkins, the instructional supervisor for the Paris, Tenn., Special School District, and Keevin Woody, Roane County Schools Elementary Supervisor on Wednesday. The Board held a special called meeting immediately after.

    Look in Friday's Roane County News for the full story.

  • Woman dead, residents are devastated

    From Staff reports

    A Harriman woman is dead and nine residents are displaced following a devastating early morning apartment fire Sunday.

    Officials identified the victim as Sandra Mills. Unconfirmed reports indicate the fire may have begun in her apartment, but no cause had been determined as of Monday afternoon.

  • Roane doctor is arrested for DUI

    Dr. Clary Foote was arrested on Sunday for driving under the influence.

    According to the warrant, he was driving a 1988 Chevy the wrong way on the 355 West on-ramp to Interstate 40.

    “The suspect smelled of alcoholic beverage and had bloodshot eyes,” Trooper Robert Woody said in the arrest warrant. “He could not say his alphabet from G to W.”

    Foote wouldn’t do the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test, and performed badly on others that he did do, according to the warrant.

  • Former fire captain pleads guilty

    A former fire captain who was charged with stealing county property could have his record wiped clean if he stays out of trouble.

    John “Shorty” Rayburn pleaded guilty on Friday in Roane County Criminal Court to theft of property from $10,000-$60,000. He received no prison time and was placed on judicial diversion for three years. Successful completion of judicial diversion would allow the felony to be removed from his record.