Local News

  • 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.

  • Rockwood police OT means more arrests, less crime

    Thanks to approved overtime at the Rockwood Police Department, the office is making a considerable dent in criminal activities.

    Increased patrols and additional manpower were added as of Oct. 1, said Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright. The move was approved by Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller and the Rockwood City Council.

    “All Rockwood officers are ‘looking beyond the citation’ to apprehend those engaged in narcotics and other criminal activity,” Wright said in a press release.

  • Preacher accused of raping two girls

    A clergyman at a South of the River church is accused of abusing two underage girls.

    J. Hugh McDowell, 62, was indicted by the Roane County grand jury on Oct. 17 on two counts of sexual battery by an authority figure, two counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child, one count of aggravated sexual battery and one count of child rape.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office incident report, McDowell is the assistant pastor at Spoken Words Ministry Church. The investigation into his alleged sex crimes began this past summer.

  • Attorney’s attempt to rescind annexation heads to trial in ’17

    Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton denied the city of Harriman’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to void decades-old annexation into South Harriman.

    Attorney Gerald Largen’s lawsuit to void the annexation, which began in 1959, is set for trial on Jan. 30, 2017.

    “We intend to prove at the trial the annexation ordinance from 1960 was a valid annexation,” said attorney Michael Kelley, who represents the city.