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  • Wicks recuses self from child-starvation case

    Someone other than recently appointed Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks will preside over the child starvation case.

    Wicks recused himself on Monday.

    “Judge Wicks’ self-recusal was appropriate and necessary,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said in a press release.

    “We expected this to happen on this case once judge Wicks received the appointment.”

  • Harriman police adding cars to fleet

    Harriman Police Department is planning to add three new patrol cars to its fleet.

    The new Dodge Chargers will cost $24,199.14 each with the state bid from Dodge of Columbia.

    “As noted in the inventory of the vehicles that you received, the vehicles being replaced would be an ’06 and two ’07s, with 140,000-150,000 some miles on those vehicles,” said City Manager Kevin Helms.

  • Area lawmen served meal for serving others

    Being in law enforcement can at times be a thankless job.

    That wasn’t the case Friday, when Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union served appreciation luncheon for area law enforcement personnel at Kingston Community Center.

    “Tomorrow (Saturday) is Law Enforcement Appreciation Day and we wanted to do this for them,” Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union Chief Operating Officer Lynn Jones said.

    “The credit union’s philosophy is people helping people, and I think that’s what they do. They serve the community.”

  • ARRESTS Jan. 6 - Jan. 11

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

    Jan. 6 –  Marvin Julius Hammontree Jr., 54, 1352 James Ferry Road, Kingston: domestic assault.

    • Steven Lee Duncan, 35, 101 Chestnut St., Lancing: attachment for contempt/non support.

    • Travis M. Matthews, 21, 120 Blue Springs Circle, Ten Mile: violation of probation/parole.

  • Development continues in Midtown area

    Harriman’s Midtown area continues to grow retail and other development.

    A car wash planned for Midtown is closer to reality.

    “I have had several discussions lately with the car wash owner, and they should be very close to pulling a building permit,” City Manager Kevin Helms said.

    “Their plans have been approved, so they can request it whenever they are ready.”

  • Longtime city attorney ‘a fine Christian man’

    A beloved Harriman attorney has passed away.

    George H. Lockett, 94, died Thursday, Jan. 7. He had served as Harriman City Attorney, and as attorney for the former Harriman Hospital, but he was well-known throughout the county by his reputation as an honest, fair and concerned attorney and friend.

    “He was a well-known lawyer, a fine Christian man and honest,” said Jim Dalton, who attended church all of his life with Lockett, who had been a member of Trenton Street Baptist Church since 1934.

  • Outside engineers may be asked about Kingston Pointe

    Kingston City Council’s agenda Tuesday will include a measure authorizing City Manager David Bolling to consult outside engineers regarding the proposed Kingston Pointe development.

    The matter was discussed this past Tuesday during Council’s regularly scheduled monthly workshop.

    Bolling and Council received preliminary figures on the project last month from Marty Duncan, president and general manager of Jerry Duncan Ford.

  • ARRESTS Dec. 31, 2015 - Jan. 6, 2016

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

    Dec. 31 – Gary Dewayne Fisher, 51, 123 Tubb Springs Road, Harriman: attachment for contempt/non support, attachment for contempt/non support.

    • Steve Allen Godsey Sr., 48, 201 Sewanee Street, Harriman: public intoxication, simple possession or casual exchange, failure to appear (felony).

    • Steven Waychoff, 31, 1543 James Ferry Road, Kingston: domestic assault .

  • TBI closes probe into Revitalization group

    A TBI probe of Rockwood Revitalization Inc. has resulted in no criminal charges.

    “We did not seek an indictment,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.

    Former Rockwood city councilwoman Peggy Evans and her son, Rockwood Revitalization president John Evans, were subjects of the probe. When asked about the case last week, John Evans said he feels vindicated.

  • County animal shelter looking for a few good volunteers

    The Roane County Animal Shelter is hoping a change in policy will bring with it a slew of help in the new year, as the shelter is revamping its volunteer program.

    “At our last shelter committee meeting in October we approved a volunteer program that is open to the general public,” animal shelter office manager Stephanie Kolski said. “Before it was just for the Tennessee Scholars program and Beta clubs, but we had some people in the general public that wanted to help.”

    Volunteer opportunities at the county-operated shelter are plenty.