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  • Area lawmen pay respects to officer slain in Maryville

    Law-enforcement agencies within Roane County offered condolences to the Maryville Police Department last week.

    The expressions of support came after Maryville Police Officer Kenny Moats was shot and killed responding to a domestic incident in Blount County on Thursday.

    “Our thoughts and prayers to the family of the fallen officer and to our brothers and sisters at Maryville Police Department,” the Kingston Police Department said in a post on its Facebook page.

  • Couple found with stolen truck, drugs

    A man and a woman were found with suspected drugs and a stolen truck at the Lakeview Inn in Kingston last week.

    According to the warrant, Kingston police were dispatched to the motel to investigate a strange odor coming from room 31.

    The occupants of that room were identified as Timothy Menges and Mary Miller.

    “Upon looking under the mattress, I found a blue case,” Kingston Police Officer Brent Barger said in the warrant.

  • Safety, quality teachers priorities for Roane County school system

    The Roane County school system is still in a “visioning” mode, trying to decide what it wants to accomplish, recently hired director of schools Leah Watkins told the Harriman Rotary Club Thursday.

    “We’re still trying to decide what we want to provide and what can we fiscally support,” she said in response to a series of questions from Rotarians interested in everything from advanced language classes to redistricting and consolidation.

  • Harriman officials may appoint interim finance officer, judge

    From staff reports
    Harriman City Council will discuss Tuesday how to proceed with chief financial officer and judge appointments.

    After the 6 p.m. workshop, officials may take action at a special-called meeting at 7 p.m.

    Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms recommended waiting until the entire Council can be present to interview candidates.

    A number of Council members are expected to be absent Tuesday.

  • Police chase ends with fatal crash

    A Wednesday afternoon car crash left a Powell woman dead and a Harriman teenager facing criminal charges.

    The male teen was driving a 1998 Dodge pickup truck that crashed into a rock protruding alongside Poplar Creek Road.

    His passenger, 20-year-old Holland Durbrow, died upon impact.

    The driver, who is 15, was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.

    The crash happened around 3 p.m. Harriman police were in pursuit of the pickup truck, which was suspected of being stolen.

  • Explosives discovered in vehicle

    Larry Matthew Adkisson was taken into custody during a traffic stop on Pine Ridge Road Tuesday, a day after he allegedly eluded police.

    “I was thankful that we took him into custody because he’s a menace to society and a danger to society,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

    According to an arrest warrant, Adkisson was behind the wheel of a Chevy Impala that was stopped on Trinity Street by Rockwood Police Officer Rick Thomas Monday afternoon.

  • Pokémon enthusiasts roam Roane to catch ’em all

    It’s not uncommon to see people walking and visiting at Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park, but a popular game has made it a hot spot like never before.

    The park has multiple spots in it where Pokémon Go trainers — youngsters, young adult and young-at-heart video gamers — gather to fight their characters at gyms, collect items for the game at the several Pokéstops on site or search out new Pokémon.

  • Woman in Walmart mooning pleads

    The woman who mooned a Walmart loss prevention employee in the spring reached a plea deal with prosecutors in her criminal case.

    Tiffany Laura Edwards was charged with indecent exposure and criminal trespass in the incident. She appeared in Roane County General Sessions Court on Monday.

    Edwards pleaded guilty to criminal trespass. The indecent exposure charge was dismissed. She was sentenced to 30 days in jail and banned from Walmart.

  • Rockwood man facing child porn charges

    A Rockwood man was federally indicted for possession and receipt of child pornography this month.

    Harriman police said J.B. Akers, 73, was arrested without incident, with assistance by the Roane County Sheriff Office after his indictment.

    “The grand jury specifically charges that the defendant possessed images of child pornography that involved a prepubescent minor and a minor who had not attained 12 years of age subsequent to Dec. 7, 2012,” the indictment said.

  • Medic mobile blood drive today in Harriman

    Medic Regional Blood Center will have a Medic mobile blood drive today, Aug. 26.

    The blood drive will be from noon to 6 p.m. at Harriman Food City at 1130 S. Roane St.

    All donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh 110 pounds; those age 16 and weighing 120 pounds may give blood with parental consent.

    All donors will be required to show identification.

    Medic supplies blood and blood products to a number of area hospitals, including Roane Medical Center.