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  • 16 grams of suspected meth lands man in jail

    A 36-year-old Roane County man was allegedly found with 16 grams of suspected methamphetamine Thursday morning.

    The suspect, McKinley Shane Gunter, is facing a felony charge of manufacture, delivery, sale, of schedule II drugs.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Blake Norman stopped a juvenile driver for a head lamp being out. He was taking the juvenile home when he encountered Gunter.

  • Kroger Fuel Center open in time for Memorial Day

    Kroger is celebrating the grand opening of its new Fuel Center at the 1820 Roane State Hwy. store in Harriman on May 17.

    “We are pleased that we can now offer fuel at this location,” said Melissa Eads, spokeswoman for the Kroger Nashville Division.

    “Gasoline is a natural addition to our one-stop-shopping strategy, because it offers our customers tremendous convenience and value.”

    The Fuel Center, open from 6 am. to 11 p.m. daily, offers 18 fueling stations. Diesel fuel is also available.

  • Roane Medical earns gold seal for mammography

    Roane Medical Center, Midtown, has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology.

    Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose X-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.

    The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety.

  • Swaying driver had a few things hidden

    Anthony Buckner, a 45-year-old Knoxville man, was suspected of driving drunk in Rockwood on May 13.

    Buckner denied drinking, but Rockwood Police Department Deputy Chief John Mayes wasn’t swayed and asked Buckner to exit his truck.

    “As he exited the vehicle, he attempted to hide something and a [vacuum constriction device] fell from his pants and vehicle,” the report said.

    Mayes gave Buckner some sobriety tests, which he did not perform well on, according to the report.

  • Gas tax ‘big deal’ for Roane roads

    Officials gathered at the Highway Department on Tuesday to celebrate the IMPROVE Act’s impact on Roane County.

    “This is a big deal,” Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said. “It’s much needed.”

    IMPROVE is an acronym for Improving Manufacturing Public Roads and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy.

  • Rockwood man gets 70 months for having child porn

    From staff reports

    A Rockwood man was sentenced in federal court on Wednesday for possession of child pornography.

    Senior U.S. District Judge Leon Jordan sentenced Thomas Allan Scarbrough to 70 months in federal prison. Scarbrough’s sentence will be followed by 10 years of supervised release, and he’ll have to register as a sex offender.

    In 2015, Scarbrough was arrested as part of a nationwide FBI sting involving a child pornography website called Playpen, where Scarbrough had the username “teddybear555.”

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  • Shared training firing up cities

    Harriman, Kingston and Rockwood Fire Departments are collaborating more than ever and the most recent partnership is to host leadership classes at the different departments.

    Rockwood Fire Chief Matt Crabtree said the idea was born from a discussion between himself, Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon and former Harriman Fire Chief David Bailey. Harriman Deputy Chief Brad Daniels was fully supportive as well, Crabtree noted.

  • Omni Visions CEO addresses lawsuit

    Omni Visions President/CEO Steve Norris said his company will be zealous in its defense of a lawsuit filed by a former employee.

    “We’re going to vigorously defend ourselves against the allegations in the complaint,” Norris said Monday.

    Omni Visions operates Roane Academy, which is located in the Roane County Industrial Park.

    The facility houses male juveniles for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.

    “We haven’t even seen the complaint yet,” Norris said.

  • Heidle, Mayes new to Rockwood police force

    The city of Rockwood has two new police officers on the job and is looking to hire two more.

    Police Chief Bill Stinnett said that the two new hires, Randy Heidle and John Mayes, are already on the job.

    Mayes, who has been working for the Roane County Sheriff’s Office as an investigator, has taken the position of Deputy Chief. Mayes is a former Rockwood police officer.

    “John is already doing an outstanding job,” Stinnett said.