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  • Rockwoodian arrested for firing gun at police, female

    A Rockwood man is accused of shooting toward a police officer, a patrol car and a fleeing female Thursday evening.

    Terry Alvin Jones, 45, is charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder in the incident at 603 S. Douglas Ave.

    “We received a call on a domestic complaint,” said Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright.

    “What happened was the female — the woman — came running out toward Brandon Smith — Officer Smith,” Wright said.

  • ‘Rad’ skills help kids defend themselves

    Midtown Elementary first- and second-graders were able to stand their ground after facing a kidnapping scenario, thanks to the help of the radKIDS self-defense training course.

    “We hope they never have to use these skills,” said Missy Lane, Roane County juvenile court youth service officer and truancy officer.

  • McFarland not letting go

    Tom McFarland’s position wasn’t swayed by the Roane County Election Commission’s unanimous decision to put Mike Pemberton on the ballot for the August election.

    “It still doesn’t change the fact that Mike Pemberton doesn’t live in the district,” McFarland contended.

    McFarland and Pemberton face each other in this year’s race for 9th Judicial District Circuit Court judge.

  • Accused killer on the lam?

    At press time Thursday, accused murderer Shawn Smoot was still at large.

    “We don’t know where he is, but everybody is on the look out for him,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.

    Johnson said that includes the U.S. Marshals Service.

    A warrant has been out for Smoot’s arrest for more than a week after Roane County Criminal Court Judge Eugene Eblen signed an April 23 order revoking his bond.

    Prosecutors moved for the revocation after Smoot was charged with DUI in McMinn County.

  • Official’s tax status puts seat in jeopardy

    It’s been a tough couple of years for Harriman City Councilman J.D. Sampson.

    According to the Tennessee Trustee’s website, Sampson still has not paid his 2012 or 2013 property taxes and personal property taxes of $7,890.

    “I guess I’m going to have to close down. I can’t seem to get any jobs,” said Sampson, who runs Sampson Group, a maintenance and custodial service.

    He said he recently bid on work at a variety of companies, but he’s not heard back yet.

  • TCAP incentives offered

    Roane County students started state TCAP testing Tuesday.

    With the pressure upon them, one middle school wanted to celebrate with a pep rally.

    Cherokee Middle School students created TCAP banners, performed skits, had Minute-

    To-Win-It-style games and group relay races.

    “We have students who really get really stressed out about TCAP’s,” said Amber Henderson, a seventh-grade math teacher. “The pep rally is a time for the kids to forget about the stress and just have some fun.”

  • TVA recreation area cuts power usage

    A unique demonstration project set among the campers and anglers at Melton Hill Dam Sustainable Recreation Area is delivering on its promise of energy efficiency, water conservation and renewable generation for the Tennessee Valley Authority.

    TVA blended a concentrated mix of sustainable technologies and conservation concepts into the existing infrastructure of the popular 92-acre lakeside recreation area west of Knoxville. The project opened on Earth Day 2011.

  • Man says he shot at SUV that tried to run him over

    A Harriman man was charged with two counts of reckless endangerment for allegedly shooting at two people traveling in a Lincoln Navigator Tuesday night.

    According to the report, Michael Ray Shipley told Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Mitch Grigsby he fired after the vehicle attempted to run him over.

    “Mr. Shipley alleged that the vehicle’s mirror had struck him on the arm, but I observed no obvious marks on Mr. Shipley’s person to corroborate his statement,” the report said.

  • Dining With Diabetes

    Low- or no-sugar recipes were on the menu at the Dining With Diabetes cooking school in the Roane County Health Department this week.

    The class is put on through a joint effort between the health department and UT Extension Roane County. It is ideal for anyone with diabetes or who cooks for a diabetic family member.

    “We focus on carb moderation and how to plan a meal,” said Justin Thomas, UT Extension agent.

    “We also look at how to make good meals that will fit into the 45-to 60-carb range.”

  • Roane’s Dry Town Boys join with vintage baseball league

    “Well played!” cries out one player, like his comrades dressed in a buttoned shirt with a “K” centered upon it.

    “One hand dead,” calls Tony Brown.

    Wearing a top hat, suit and carrying a cane, Brown stands behind a makeshift backstop at the vintage base ball game played on a grassy field at Roane State Community College.