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  • 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.”

  • WET, WILD and WONDERFUL
  • 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.

  • Trio charged with theft after Harriman burglary

    From staff reports

    Harriman Police officers arrested three men on theft and weapons charges following a burglary in Harriman Saturday.

    According to the report, officers responded to a 911 call of a burglary in progress at 806 Trenton Street.

    The complainant identified Tyler Bryant and two other males entering the residence and on the porch. On arrival, the three male subjects were detained pending the investigation.

  • Weed foes seek volunteers

    The Watts Bar Ecology and Fishery Council is expanding its board of directors and looking for volunteers.

    Several dozen volunteers met Monday at the Rockwood Community Center to discuss the ongoing evolution of the council, which was formed over the past few months in response to the challenge of invasive weeds on Watts Bar Lake.

    The council has already named at least a dozen stakeholders to its board of directors and is looking for volunteers to chair the various committees that are in the process of being organized.

  • ‘NOT IN MY BACKYARD’

    If it wasn’t for proximity, officials with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission might have never heard from Jake Almond on Monday.

    “I never wanted to be a NIMBY – not in my backyard,” he said.

    That changed when TVA began flirting with the idea of putting a small modular nuclear reactor at its Clinch River site in Roane County.