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  • Rockwood city councilman dies

    Rockwood City Councilman William Pete Wright, 80, died Tuesday after struggling with health issues.

    Wright, who had missed some recent Rockwood City Council meetings for medical tests, had fallen at one point because of a dizzy spell.

    “He had some medical problems, and really we were concerned about it,” said Mayor James Watts.

    Wright had seemed to be improving, but Watts said his heart problems proved to be too much.

  • Retired educator dies in wreck

    A retired Roane County educator known for her love of music was killed in a car wreck Tuesday afternoon.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Margie Wadlington, 83, was a passenger in a 2011 Buick driven by her husband, George Wadlington.

    He was attempting to make a turn onto Smalley Lane from Hwy. 58.

    A 2005 Audi driven by Zuniga Rafael Gonzalez struck the Buick broadside, causing it to strike a 2001 Honda that was attempting to make a right turn onto Hwy. 58 from Smalley Lane.

  • Grilling accidents can be prevented

    As the weather becomes even warmer, many outdoor cooking enthusiasts will pull their grills from winter hibernation. Some will be sorry they did.

    While most people use their grills to prepare delicious food without incident, according to the Tennessee Fire Incident Reporting System, the state has averaged 30 fire incidents involving open-fired grills per year for the past five years.

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  • Marty Miles: Didn’t know about $9,250 fine

    An Oct. 27, 2009, order issued by the Tennessee Ethics Commission says that Marty Miles was fined $9,250 for failing to timely file a disclosure of interest statement when he was a Kingston city councilman.

    Miles said this week that he’d never seen or heard of such an order.

    “I’m not going to argue with the order, but it says there was a hearing, and I wasn’t a part of that hearing,” he said. “I can assure you that I didn’t get anything on this.”

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  • Prank closes downtown Harriman

    Harriman police closed off part of downtown Saturday evening after an elaborate 911 call prank alleging a man had killed his wife in the Roane Street apartment they shared.

    “The guy in Harriman, he didn’t do anything wrong,” said Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle. “He’s actually the victim.”

  • Motorist topped 110 mph on Hwy. 70, police say

    A high speed chase ended badly for a 27-year-old man on June 21.

    Kingston Assistant Police Chief Gary Nelson said he was on patrol at the intersection of Paint Rock Ferry Road and Hwy. 70 early that morning when an SUV swerved into his lane.

    Nelson said the SUV didn’t stop when he turned on his emergency lights.

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  • Murder charge dropped

    The inability to locate a key witness led to a drastic move in the Ralph O’Neal murder case on Monday.

    “We would ask that you allow us to enter a dismissal,” Assistant District Attorney General Alyson Kennedy told Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen.

    Eblen, who appeared surprised, granted the request.

    “We have no objection,” O’Neal attorney Bob Vogel said.

    And with that, the case was over.