Local News

  • Woman killed in Poplar Creek Road crash

    A Wednesday afternoon automobile crash claimed the life of a Powell woman and sent the juvenile driver to the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated the crash and identified the deceased as 20-year-old Holland Durbrow.

    A number of agencies, including the Roane County Sheriff's Office, District Attorney General Russell Johnson and his investigators, responded to the crash site on Poplar Creek Road.


    Michael Dunn Center’s newly remodeled LaCroix House was recently reopened, and last Friday the facility welcomed its newest occupant.

    Michael Wyrick moved in from Greene Valley Center in Greeneville. His move is part of a state plan to close all state-run institutions, moving everyone into community-based housing.

    “You will be pleased with the care he gets and the love he gets,” Roane County Commission Chairman Ron Berry told Michael’s family during a ribbon-cutting ceremony that marked his arrival.

  • Accused child rapist cops plea

    A Roane County man agreed to accept a prison sentence instead of going to trial on sex crime charges.

    Robert Lynn Smith was indicted by the Roane County grand jury in 2012 on three counts of aggravated sexual battery on a child under 13.

    The grand jury returned a superseding indictment in 2015 that charged him with four counts of child rape and one count of aggravated sexual battery on a child under 13.

    Smith reached a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty in Roane County Criminal Court last week to two counts of aggravated sexual battery.

  • Dr. Foote’s DUI case heads to grand jury

    Another court date came and went without a resolution in Dr. Clary Foote’s DUI case.

    The case was on the Roane County General Sessions Court docket Monday.

    Court officials said Foote waived his case to the Roane County grand jury. The next meeting of the grand jury is Oct. 17.

    The grand jury could choose to indict Foote or determine there’s not enough evidence for the case to move forward.

    The DUI charge stems from Foote’s April 17 encounter with State Trooper Robert Woody.

  • OS man arrested in prostitution sting

    A Knox County Sheriff’s Office prostitution sting nabbed an Oliver Springs man.

    Michael Shane Grace was arrested around 3:30 p.m. on Thursday at a Motel 6 in Knoxville.

    “After viewing an advertisement on backpage.com listed under escorts, the defendant contacted an undercover employee of the sheriff’s office and made an appointment,” the offense report said.

    “The defendant came to 258 Harry Lane Blvd., room No. 228 and exchanged $85 for one half-hour of full-service sex.”

  • Medical emergency causes Harriman wreck

    From staff reports

    A Harriman man suffering from a medical emergency lost control of his vehicle Sunday evening and struck a parked car in a parking lot before coming to a stop in a ditch.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s preliminary crash report, Bradley D. Manis, 46, had minor injuries.

    Brooke Turner and a 2-year-old, both of Rockwood, were in the parked car and had minor injuries.

    The report said Manis was headed southbound when he stopped at a stop sign at Pansy Hill Road and State Street.

  • Schools exempt from Obama restroom guidelines

    Schools do not have to follow the Obama Administration’s guidelines on intimate facilities while litigation over the matter is pending.

    On Sunday, a federal judge in Texas issued a nationwide preliminary injunction that prohibits the administration from penalizing those who don’t follow the guidelines.

  • Traffic stop leads to child neglect, abuse charges

    Police said they found an infant in an improperly installed car seat in a Volkswagen Beetle during a Aug. 17 traffic stop.

    The passenger in the car, Jessica Leigh Gomez, was charged with child abuse and neglect, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and cited for a child restraint violation.

    The driver of the car, Charles Sherrill, was charged with driving on a revoked/suspended license and cited for a child restraint violation.

  • Rockwood FD trains to handle shootings

    Rockwood Fire Department is training for the worst.

    Firefighters took part in an active-shooing training session earlier this month. The session was under the instruction of Rockwood Police Officer Brad Collins.