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  • AWARD-WINNING TEAMS

     

    The Roane County News graphics and sales teams enjoy having their accomplishments recognized with nine awards presented last week by the Tennessee Press Association. Graphics team members are, front row from left, Erny James, Mary Ann O’Shell and Joann Pierce; and back row, sales team members Sherry Long, Betty Lee and Sheryl Taylor.

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  • OS wants to honor police with blue lighting

    Oliver Springs will honor its police officers next week, and organizers are asking the community to contribute by “going blue.”

    Residents are asked to display blue outdoor lighting Aug. 2-3 “to show their appreciation for putting their lives on the line every day for us,” said Tammi Barger, event chairwoman.

  • Harriman budget may wait till after election

    Harriman officials are eyeing a 2016-17 city budget that does not include a property tax increase.

    Harriman City Council will likely discuss the budget on Aug. 2, but officials are debating whether to wait until after the Aug. 4 election for passage to give those elected an opportunity to share their opinion before they take office.

    The budget does not include more money for paving. The city borrowed more than $2 million for paving this fiscal year.

  • Jury selected for Smoot murder trial

    Ten women and six men will serve as jurors and alternates in Shawn Smoot's first-degree murder trial in Kingston.

    The jury was selected early Wednesday evening. Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks allowed the 16 to go home Wednesday before their sequestration begins Thursday.

    They will be staying at a local hotel under the watch of members of the Roane County Sheriff's Office.

  • A KIDNEY FOR JESSE

    Jesse Trevino thought he had beaten a rare kidney disorder he battled as a teen, but his struggle is far from over.

    In February, Trevino learned the autoimmune disease MPGN Type 2 is again attacking his kidneys, and he was suffering from renal failure.

    “He’s on dialysis three days a week, four hours at a time,” said his aunt Michelle Runions.

    “I have my good days and my bad days,” Trevino added. “Some days, I just want to go home and sleep, and other days I’m all right.”

  • Former RSCC player suing Rockwood, police officers

    A former Roane State Community College basketball player is accusing Rockwood police of excessive force and arresting him with no probable cause in a federal lawsuit filed earlier this month.

    “As a result of this incident, plaintiff lost his scholarship and when neither he nor his family could continue to afford his tuition, plaintiff was forced to drop out of college,” claims Xavier Howard in the suit against the city of Rockwood, former patrolman Chris Kennedy and Police Sgt. Randy Keahy.

  • Jury interviews continuing for Smoot trial

    Jury selection in the Shawn Smoot murder trial has been slow going so far.

    Prospects were interviewed individually outside the presence of the public on Monday and Tuesday about pretrial publicity and personal issues.

    Those that weren’t excused were told to report back to court today – Wednesday – to continue the selection process. Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks told them that failure to return could result in a $500 fine.

    The trial could last several weeks and the jury seated to hear the case could also be sequestered.

  • Roane’s Woody not picked for Milan post

    Roane County Schools Elementary Supervisor Keevin Woody was not selected for the Milan Special School District’s director of schools position.

    Milan School Board Chairman Sid Crocker said Jonathan Criswell was picked during a meeting on Monday.

    Milan is in Gibson County, which is in West Tennessee.

    Woody, Criswell and two other candidates interviewed for the director of schools job last week.

    Woody has been elementary supervisor for Roane County Schools since 2012.

  • Kingston PD rescues woman from car fire

    Two Kingston police officers rescued an elderly Rockwood woman from a burning Honda minivan on July 20.

    “My guys went above and beyond,” Police Chief Jim Washam said about Officer Brent Barger and Sgt. Tony Guy. “They pulled her to safety.”

    According to the report, a good samaritan also assisted in the rescue, but Washam said he didn’t know his name.

  • OS police apprehend alleged store robbers

    From staff reports

    An Oliver Springs Family Dollar Store employee is accused of being involved in a robbery of the store last week.

    Oliver Springs police quickly arrested all alleged participants, and the money was recovered.

    Oliver Springs dispatch received a call at 10:04 p.m. July 20, notifying authorities of the robbery at the Family Dollar Store at 51 Edmonds Drive, a press release stated.