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  • Lawsuit filed in restraint death

    An investigation by the District Attorney General’s Office determined there was no wrongdoing in the death of 26-year-old Dustin Barnwell.
    However, a lawsuit filed on behalf of his minor daughter alleges there was misconduct on multiple levels.
    Barnwell died on Nov. 11, 2011. According to a district attorney report on the investigation, Roane County Sheriff’s officers Richard Stooksbury and Mitch Grigsby responded to Barnwell’s home on Roane Manor Drive on an overdose complaint.

  • Rockwood man may be charged in I-40 wreck

    Alcohol may be involved in a fiery two-vehicle crash on Interstate 40 in Knoxville last Friday. Five people were injured.
    Witnesses told police that Oliver Butler, 64, of Rockwood,  was traveling westbound on I-40 when he swerved across the median and his GMC van became airborne.
    They said it landed on a Mercedes SUV, then overturned and caught fire.
    Passersby who pulled Butler from the vehicle said they smelled alcohol, and officers found beer cans inside and outside the van.

  • Kingston ‘tweaks’ sign laws

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    While it may be true that miracles happen all the time, Kingston City Council members aren’t concerned with signs from above.
    They’re worried about the more terrestrial versions you see every day — on the side of the road, in store windows, on big billboards, in the beds of broken-down old trucks.
    And at a Nov. 6 work session, council moved to put the first reading of an ordinance amending its existing sign ordinance for a  vote in the full council session this week.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Train draws crowds

    My boyfriend, Derek, while patching a leak near the chimney of his home in Hamilton County, called me from his roof last Sunday.
    “I just heard a steam whistle,” he said. “Is today the day the train runs to Roane County?”
    It was.
    Chattanooga’s steam engine was making a rare passenger excursion on Norfolk Southern tracks along Walden Ridge. On that day, it was set to go into Harriman, turn around and head back.

  • District attorney tight-lipped about probe

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson has declined a public records request to review correspondence between his office, Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland and Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan.
    “Those items are part of an ongoing investigation being conducted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation,” Johnson said. “Per TCA statute, information that is part of an ongoing TBI investigation is strictly confidential.”
    Johnson responded to the Roane County News’ public records request by letter. 

  • Earthquake excites, but no damage

    An Eastern Kentucky earthquake Saturday rattled residents in Roane County.
    The 4.3-magnitude quake which started near Whitesburg, Ky., was felt in various degrees throughout East Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina and other states.
    Sandra and Walter Calbaugh of Kingston both experienced the unnerving incident.
    “It shook the curio cabinet and shook around pretty good,” Walter said. “There was no trouble telling what it was. There was no doubt.”

  • California man charged

    A registered sex offender from California was indicted by the Roane County grand jury last month.
    Danny Lane King, 64, was booked into the Roane County Jail on Friday. He is charged with statutory rape by an authority figure, a Class C felony.
    The alleged crime occurred in 2011. The grand jury indicted King on Oct. 15. 
    King, who has a Sacramento address, is scheduled to make a court appearance on Friday.

  • Grass getting attention at Harriman golf course

    as a warm-weather sport, but most people were bundled up recently at the Emory Golf Course in Harriman at the tournament celebrating the opening of the new golf greens.
    Lloyd Edwards was among many whose ties with the course extend way back.
    “I started caddying back in 1942,” Edwards said. “That was when I started playing.”

  • Midtown Elementary choir takes flight

    Soon soft strains of holiday music will fill Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport.

    Among them will be the voices of children in the Midtown Elementary School Choir, who will sing from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

    The choir, in its second year, is excited about the opportunity to play for strangers, although members have sung for residents of an assisted-living facility and more recently, for the school’s Veterans’ Day program.

    Student Sara Gunter looks at it this way: “I like to meet new people every day.”

  • Four-laning to Oak Ridge celebrated

    Officials from Oak Ridge, Roane County, Anderson County and the Tennessee Department of Transportation gathered Tuesday afternoon to dedicate the completion of the final phase of Hwy. 95 widening project.

    The project, which widened nearly 3 miles of two-lane highway to a four lanes, was 12 years in the planning stages but took just two years to complete once the construction phase began.

    The $15 million project also included two retaining walls, two bridges and wide shoulders for bicycles.