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  • New fire hall, cleanup to be part of Rockwood’s budget for coming year

    Rockwood City Council will be looking at the department head requests and start looking toward next year’s budget in a workshop at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18. 

  • Taxpayers due pool, amenities for dues?

    The homeowners association for The Preserve at Clinch River wants Roane County Government to pay dues for two lots it owns in the subdivision. 

  • Try 'em or plead 'em

    The days of cases languishing in the criminal court system could be over. 

    Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks recently put attorneys on notice that he wants things to run more efficiently. 

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  • NBC turns focus to Smoot case

    The murder case of Brooke Nicole Morris will be featured on an episode of NBC’s “Dateline” tonight.

    The 23-year-old Powell woman was found shot to death at the intersection of Blair Road and Old Blair Road in Roane County on Oct. 15, 2011.

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  • Oak Ridge crash kills OS man

    From staff reports

    An Oliver Springs man perished from injuries suffered in a Monday vehicle crash on Hwy. 95 just south of White Wing Road, Oak Ridge.

    Ralph Connor, 78, was taken to Fort Loudoun Medical Center, Lenoir City, where he later died.

    A release from the Oak Ridge Police Department said officers determined a four-door sedan driven by Connor was traveling southbound on Hwy. 95 and crossed over the double yellow line and struck the trailer of a semi-truck in the northbound lane.

  • Missing ring leads to drug arrests

    A burglary call last week in Rockwood led to nine arrests — most of which were drug infractions.

    Rockwood Police Officer Rick Thomas was dispatched on April 7 to 143 Evans Heights after being alerted to an alleged burglary.

    When he arrived, Jason Allen Goins was standing in front of Apartment 142. However, the alleged burglary had occurred at Apartment 143, where Thomas found resident and complainant Michalia Beth Blake and her boyfriend, Jeffrey Eugene Holcomb.

  • PT Cruiser snoozer, meat heist keep police busy

    Rockwood police said a woman was asleep in the driver’s seat of a PT Cruiser that was in the middle of the street on Saturday.

    The woman, identified as Sherri Smith, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, possession of drugs without a prescription and violation of the implied consent law.

    According to the warrant, Officer Rick Thomas was dispatched to the 200 block of North Kingston Avenue to assist Detective Dwayne Gray after Gray found Smith asleep behind the wheel of the car.

  • Hung jury in sex case

    Prosecutors plan to retry Jonathan Edward Hanson on a charge of aggravated sexual battery. His Wednesday trial at the Roane County Courthouse ended in a hung jury.

    “We will try him again,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.

    Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks sent the jury back to deliberate at 5:06 p.m. Wednesday. The jury came back into the courtroom at 7:30 p.m., and announced that it was hopelessly deadlocked. Wicks declared a mistrial.