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  • 2nd officer shooting in 2 months

    A state corrections officer is in a Knoxville hospital recuperating from one or multiple gunshots fired by two Harriman police officers Tuesday.

    “I am not releasing the names of the officers until the investigation is over,” said Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle, who has turned over the investigation to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

    The officers involved were responding to a domestic dispute at a 505 N. Roane St. apartment in which 911 reports said that Nathan Manis, 27, was “going off and has a gun.”

  • Threads of Love

    Ties bind literally and figuratively for Kingston First Baptist Church’s Threads of Love Quilting Ministry.

    The group recently completed a legacy quilt made almost entirely of 120 donated ties, and presented it to the church congregation.

    They called it “The Tie that Binds” from a line in an old hymn, “Blest be the tie that binds, our hearts in Christian love,” reported Brenda Malone, who oversaw the project.

  • 2nd officer shooting in 2 months

    A state corrections officer is in a Knoxville hospital recuperating from one or multiple gunshots fired by two Harriman police officers Tuesday.

    “I am not releasing the names of the officers until the investigation is over,” said Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle, who has turned over the investigation to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

    The officers involved were responding to a domestic dispute at a 505 N. Roane St. apartment in which 911 reports said that Nathan Manis, 27, was “going off and has a gun.”

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  • Assessor says state’s info ‘wrong’

    Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan is insisting information contained in a Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury report is incorrect.

    “The comptroller’s office was wrong,” he said.

    The report about the 2015 reappraisal was presented to the Roane County Commission last August by Comptroller Chief of Staff Jason Mumpower.

    The comptroller’s Division of Property Assessments took over the reappraisal because state officials had no confidence that Morgan could get the job done.

  • Starvation suspect needs new lawyer

    Amanda Dotson, the co-defendant in a child starvation case, needs a new attorney.

    Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton allowed the Public Defender’s Office to withdraw as her counsel on Monday.

    Amber Laws, a potential witness for the state, is a former client of the Public Defender’s Office.

    “Counsel’s prior representation of this witness presents a conflict of interest for counsel in continuing its representation,” Assistant Public Defender Harold Balcom wrote in the motion to withdraw as Amanda Dotson’s counsel.

  • Man tells police he shot his wife

    A Harriman man called 911 and told dispatchers he’d shot his wife early Thursday morning.

    Danny Vance, 62, was listed in Roane County Sheriff’s Office intake releases as being charged with aggravated domestic violence and attempted second-degree murder.

    Vance, 248 Woody Ave., called 911 around 1:25 a.m. and told dispatchers he had shot Sandra Vance with a shotgun.

    He also told them he didn’t know why he’d shot her.

    Sandra Vance was shot in the back and lying face down on the bed, according to the call sheet.

  • New fire chief reports Monday

    The new Harriman Fire Department chief will start his first day on March 14.

    David Bailey, who hails from Powhatan, Va., was decided on last month.

    Bailey said he retired early from Chesterfield County, Va., as the fire/EMS battalion chief and continued to serve as deputy coordinator of Emergency Management and volunteer firefighter in Powhatan. He also served as the risk manager/safety officer for Goodwill Industries of Central and Coastal Virginia.

  • Suspect with goatee sought in Rocky Top robbery

    Harriman police are looking for a male suspect who’s accused of robbing a Rocky Top Market Wednesday morning.

    The man, described as husky with a blondish mustache and goatee, has blue eyes and is about 6 feet tall and weighs around 200 pounds.

    Police say he was wearing a ski mask and dressed all in black when he went into the market, known as the “Rocky Top by the Tracks,” at 1008 S. Roane St. around 4:40 a.m.

  • Judge’s potential conflict waived

    General Sessions Court Judge Terry Stevens didn’t recuse from the Laura Ann Buckingham case on Monday, but he did disclose some potential conflicts.

    His wife, Lindsey, is friends with Joe Chamblin on Facebook.

    “This week my wife informed me that she knows Joe Chamblin, who it appears may be called as a witness in the matter,” Stevens told Buckingham. “She advised me that she knew him as a business contact.”

    Lindsey Stevens works at The Roane Alliance in Kingston as the Chamber of Commerce member services coordinator.