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  • 'Now, We're People': Roane feels effects of Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling with one couple eager to wed, another’s divorce caught in limbo

    A Roane County couple plan to apply for a marriage license at the Roane County Courthouse on Monday in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that makes same-sex marriage legal across the nation.

    Stephen Collins and Nathan Hartsuff have been partners for 18 years after being introduced by Collins’ straight brother.

    “Today is pretty big,” Collins said.

    “It took awhile for me to stop crying. It just means so much,” he added.

  • County blames trucking firm for damage to Woody Lane during dirt transport

    A Knoxville trucking company could have to fork over some money if a lawsuit filed by Roane County proves successful.

    In 2014, TVA hired Claiborne Hauling to transport dirt from a South of the River farm to the Kingston Fossil Plant for a landfill expansion project.

    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson accused the trucking company of damaging Woody Lane during the process.

  • Man gets 30 years for killing stepfather

    A Roane County man who stabbed his stepfather to death earlier this year will serve 100 percent of a 30-year sentence.

    Steven Edward Jones, 46, agreed to a plea agreement Friday to second-degree murder in the stabbing death of Fred Silvey at the home Jones shared with Silvey and Jones’ mother, Carolyn Silvey.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said he is “well pleased with this result, especially in the manner that all sides came together to bring a swift and just result in this tragic crime.”

  • Tyler Farmer indicted by feds

    William Tyler Farmer is no longer just facing criminal charges in state court.

    Last week, a federal grand jury in Chattanooga returned a two-count indictment against him for being a convicted felon in possession of firearms and for receiving stolen firearms.

    Farmer is a Kingston resident. His address is listed as 156 Greystone Way.

    The federal charges stem from a June 12 traffic stop in Meigs County.

    Decatur Police Officer Billy Long stopped Farmer on Hwy. 58 on suspicion of DUI.

  • Bait car too good for man to pass by, deputies say

    A Morgan County man is accused of stealing a car that was set alongside Interstate 40 as bait in the investigation of a rash of car thefts.

    Bernard Wayne Cook, 40, 140 Adams Court, Morgan County, is charged with theft over $1,000 but less than $10,000.

    “There is 20 that have been stolen all together as far west as Cookeville,” said Sheriff Jack Stockton.

    In addition to Roane, Cumberland and Loudon counties have experienced such thefts along I-40.

  • Roane’s Buck Toms celebrates big birthday

    For 60 years, Camp Buck Toms has been open for Scouts eager to earn a variety of merit badges or just a visit to enjoy the camaraderie and the great outdoors.

    “This is the 60th anniversary this year,” according to Ralph Moates, camp director.

    Attendance to the summer camps continues to grow.

    “At the end of this summer, we’ll have over 2,000 which sets a record for us,” said Moates.

    Last year, they had about 1,800 campers, some who cover a lot of road to get there.

  • Hole in wall makes sheriff’s point

    The holding rooms for inmates at the Roane County Courthouse continue to cause headaches for sheriff’s officials.

    On Monday, a deputy reported finding a fist-sized hole in the wall between the men and women’s restrooms.

    “I was informed of it a couple of hours after everything had happened,” Sheriff Jack Stockton said Thursday. “Anytime you have that number of inmates coming over and one officer trying to watch all of them, it’s impossible to keep your eye on every one of them.”

  • Gunmaker’s request approved

    The Roane County Board of Zoning Appeals approved a special-use permit that will allow Donald Welch to assemble and ship firearms from his property on Upper Jones Road, which is in the eastern part of the county near Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

    Welch told the board Wednesday the permit is one of the requirements to get his Type 7 federal firearms license.

    He plans to operate a business assembling and shipping firearms from his property. He said the business will have a low profile.

  • Alleged rapist indicted

    The case against registered sex offender Matthew Brandon Hall will continue in Roane County Criminal Court.

    General Sessions Court Judge Jeff Wicks sent his case to the grand jury on two counts of rape and one count of aggravated assault following a preliminary hearing in April.

    The grand jury reviewed the case this week and indicted Hall on the charges. He’s scheduled to be arraigned in criminal court next week.

    Hall has a 2008 conviction for sexual battery by an authority figure.

  • Powers indicted from car chase

    The Roane County grand jury indicted Christopher Lee Powers on charges related to his Feb. 9 car chase.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy John Mayes shot Powers multiple times at the end of the chase after Powers rammed his police cruiser at the Airport Road exit ramp.

    Before he was out of the hospital, authorities had charged Powers with multiple crimes related to the incident, including aggravated assault, evading arrest, reckless endangerment, driving on a revoked license, DUI and speeding.