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  • Prison corrections officer jailed for road rage incident

    Brandon Braden, a 29-year-old Kingston man, is facing charges for an alleged road rage incident.

    Braden was employed as a corrections officer at the Morgan County Correctional Complex at the time of his March 23 arrest, according to a report filed by Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Alexander Evans.

    “I was dispatched to the Shoney’s parking lot off exit 347 in Roane County involving a road rage incident between two vehicles on Interstate 40 west near mile marker 351,” the report said.

  • EXPECT  the  UNEXPECTED

    Avoid. Deny. Defend.

    Those were the three things Roane County Sheriff’s Detective Kris Mynatt stressed last week in a Civilian Response to Active Shooter training session at Kingston’s Michael Dunn Center.

    “We want them to have the right mind-set for situations that might occur,” Mynatt said about the training designed to help businesses and individuals respond in the event involving an active shooter.

  • Body cameras now part of deputy sheriffs’ uniforms

    Roane County sheriff’s deputies have begun wearing body cameras.

    The sheriff’s office has had the cameras since at least February, but Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said they were waiting to formalize policy and conduct training before rolling them out.

    He said Friday that the deputies have been wearing the cameras for about a week.

    “So far things are going pretty good,” he said.

    Many law enforcement agencies across the state and the country have chosen to equip officers with body cameras in recent years.

  • Signal snarls school traffic

    The busy times of day on Harriman’s South Roane Street can ruffle a few feathers — especially for those stuck waiting to turn left onto Ruritan Road in the midst of morning school traffic.

    It’s why city officials are taking steps to change the signaling, which in itself is fairly new, from a green left arrow to a flashing yellow signal to indicate to drivers to turn when clear.

    “I think anyone who has sat at this red light would know really clearly the need for this signal,” said Councilman Chris Ahler.

  • #GuinnDidWin

    “Cancer free!!!!”

    Connie Guinn texted those words to the Roane County News on Friday to confirm what her family learned about her nephew, Ethan Guinn.

    Roane County — and, indeed,  much of East Tennessee — has embraced Ethan Guinn in his battle against non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

    The hashtag #GuinnWillWin3 was created in late January as a means of support for the Roane County High School senior who wore Kingston’s No. 3 jersey on the football field.

  • BACK  TO  FIVE

    The Roane County Board of Education’s foray into high school consolidation was short-lived.

    By a 7-3 vote Thursday night, the board voted to keep its current five high schools and scrap its consolidation plan that was approved in February.

    “With the community that’s been talking to me, talking to a lot of us, I don’t feel this is the right time to consolidate these schools,” Board Member Rob Jago said.

    “I think the community is behind getting these schools in shape and keeping our community schools.”

  • School board abandons consolidation idea

    The Roane County Board of Education’s foray into high school consolidation was short-lived. By a 7-3 vote Thursday night, the board voted to keep its current five high schools and scrap its consolidation plan that was approved in February.

    “With the community that’s been talking to me, talking to a lot of us, I don’t feel this is the right time to consolidate these schools,” Board Member Rob Jago said. “I think the community is behind getting these schools in shape and keeping our community schools.”

  • ‘HE’S A ROCK STAR’

    There are not many military veterans still alive who can share details about D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge.

    Clinton E. Riddle gave Bowers Elementary School fifth graders quite a history lesson when he detailed his experiences as a private first class with the 325th Glider Infantry of the 82nd Airborne Division helping to liberate Europe from the Nazis.

    “Out of 155 men in my company that went in, only 38 were able to go back to England,” Riddle said of D-Day.

  • Harriman fire chief heads to Alabama

    Harriman has only had Fire Chief David Bailey one year, and it is already time to start looking for his replacement.

    Bailey, who retired from Virginia, came to Harriman in March 2016, but will soon be leaving for Madison, Ala.

    “It was just a personal family decision,” said Bailey.

    He was one of three finalists to be interviewed last month for the Madison fire chief position.

    Bailey said he has enjoyed working with the members of his department and others in the city as well as other agencies in Roane County.

  • Ex-police chief, detective eyeing Rockwood jobs

    Some familiar Roane County faces may be taking spots in Rockwood Police Department.

    Roane County Sheriff Office Detective John Mayes is the lone candidate in the running for deputy chief, and former Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle is one of six candidates that have been interviewed for a patrolman position.

    “We have not hired anybody yet. It will be brought up at the Council meeting on the 24th,” said Chief Bill Stinnett.

    Stinnett said they just finished up the interview process for the patrolman position with an interview board.