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  • Leniency sought in pill mill sentence

    Leniency is being urged for a Roane County man involved in an East Tennessee prescription pill conspiracy.

    “He had never been in trouble prior to this event,” Kingston residents Mike and Linda Farmer said in a letter to Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan.

    Varlan is scheduled to sentence their son – Michael Puckett – on Wednesday at the federal courthouse in Knoxville.

  • PLOWING TOT GOES VIRAL

    A Kingston youngster’s snow “cleanup” last week caused a media frenzy that reached New York City almost as quickly as the monster snowstorm itself.

    Three-year-old Sam Curry operated his custom bulldozer ride-on toy following last Wednesday’s snow, and his mother, Carrie, snapped several photos near the family’s Eblen Circle home.

    She shared the shots with local and regional media outlets, and the shot made its print debut on the front page of last Friday’s Roane County News.

  • Clerk lets down hammer in robbery attempt

    Eugene Heller, a cashier at the KenJo Market on Gallaher Road, didn’t comply when a robber ordered him to fork over money at gunpoint Wednesday morning.

    “The guy comes in, pulls a gun on the clerk and demands money,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said.

    “The clerk reaches down like he’s getting money, gets a large hammer, raises up and strikes the guy on the arm.”

    Washam said the robber fled the store at that point, but Heller wasn’t finished.

  • Man jailed for role in fatal crash

    A fatal wreck that occurred in Roane County in 2013 has landed a Lenoir City man behind bars.

    Otto Joseph Flachbart III was indicted by the Roane County grand jury on Feb. 23, 2015, for one count of vehicular homicide by intoxication. He was picked up at the Loudon County Jail on Tuesday and brought to the Roane County Jail, where he remained in custody Thursday afternoon on a $20,000 bond.

    The fatal wreck occurred on Sept. 15, 2013 on Hwy. 327.

  • Charged Morgan jailers booked into Roane jail

    Four Morgan County jailers facing criminal charges were booked into the Roane County Jail this week for safety reasons, Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

    “You don’t house your personnel in your own jail,” Stockton said. “That’s not a good thing.”

    The Morgan County grand jury returned indictments against Morgan County correction officers Denny Hughett, Joe D. Shoffner, Garren Cooper and Michael Alan Lloyd on Monday.

  • Participants queuing for new Recovery Court

    Roane County’s Recovery Court kicked off its program this month and has its first participants lining up.

    Some of them will appear in the recovery court this Monday.

    “We are expecting three, possibly four (participants), but three are confirmed,” said Ashley Freeberg, Roane County Recovery Court Coordinator.

    One of those participants has already appeared before recovery court, a man Freeberg first met while working in probation and later learned of him again after he’s had more recent charges last year.

  • Register by Monday to vote in Presidential Preference Primary

    One of the theories associated with elections suggest candidates who appear at the top of a ballot have an advantage over those who appear at the bottom.

    “Usually somebody at the top has a better chance,” Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said.

    That could mean trouble for business mogul Donald Trump in the March 1 Presidential Preference Primary.

    His name will appear last on the Republican primary ballot, while rivals Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie and Ted Cruz are at the top.

  • Register by Monday to vote in Presidential Preference Primary

    One of the theories associated with elections suggest candidates who appear at the top of a ballot have an advantage over those who appear at the bottom.

    “Usually somebody at the top has a better chance,” Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said.

    That could mean trouble for business mogul Donald Trump in the March 1 Presidential Preference Primary.

    His name will appear last on the Republican primary ballot, while rivals Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie and Ted Cruz are at the top.

  • ARRESTS Jan. 14 – Jan. 24

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Jan. 14 – Julia Teresa Pratt, 43, 145 Shady Grove Road, Lancing: failure to appear.

    • Justin Alan Pelfrey, 26, 640 Margrave, Harriman: manufacture, delivery, sale, possession of controlled substance.

    • Christopher Clinton Meeks, 33, 383 Allison Drive, Harriman: implied consent license suspension, driving under the influence, driving on revoked/suspended license.

  • Rockwood woman succumbs in blaze

    Mary Louise Moore, 63, of Rockwood, has been identified as the victim of an apartment fire early Friday morning in Jacksboro.

    According to the Campbell County Rural Fire Services Chief Daniel Lawson, crews were called out to a report of smoke coming from the apartment building’s attic at 129 Cherokee Trail near Indian River Marina at about 8:15 a.m.

    Firefighters from the Jacksboro and LaFollette fire departments assisted, and crews entered all six units of the building to make sure no one was inside.