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  • Deadly Oliver Springs shooting called ‘self-defense’

    Police said a father acted in self-defense when he shot and killed his son on Sunday.
    The incident happened at 1678 Old Harriman Hwy., Oliver Springs.
    State property records list Vincent and Sandra Brown as owners of the home.
    According to E-911 call records, Josh Brown told dispatchers that his father Vincent shot his brother Michael in the chest.
    Michael, 36, did not survive.

  • Judges recuse themselves in McClure DUI

    The driving-under-the-influence hearing of Kingston City Councilman Kevin McClure has again been postponed.
    This time the delay was because judges Dennis Humphreys and Jeff Wicks have recused themselves. The case will be postponed until a judge can be appointed by the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts.
    Police said McClure was found unresponsive in his still-running vehicle in the middle of Ladd Wright Road on May 22, 2012.
    Police reported breaking a window to get inside and that a half empty vodka bottle was in a bag in the back seat.

  • Comptroller makes it easier to report fraud

    Roane Countians have a new way to alert the state about suspected cases of public corruption.
    Earlier this month, Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury Justin P. Wilson announced the start of a new online tool for reporting fraud, waste and abuse.
    “In this day and age, it makes sense to give people the option to send us fraud reports online,” Wilson said. 
    “This is another tool to help ensure that public money is being spent properly in Tennessee.”
    Wilson urges people to take advantage of the new service.

  • Kingston may extend new greenways

    Kingston City Council learned that the State of Tennessee doesn’t give refunds; but that the city can make up for any lost revenue with $280,000 in spare pocket change.

    At the Jan. 8 session, council voted on the long-delayed fate of Greenway D, the unfunded portion of the Ladd Landing Greenway, even as the rest of the project nears completion.

    The last of the project’s four greenways, D was cut out of the construction when the initial funding proved to be too little to cover the entire project cost.

  • Methmakers keep local law enforcement busy

    Seven people are facing child abuse and drug charges after numerous items consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine were found Friday at 100 Oaks Apartments at 900 E. Wheeler St., Rockwood.

    “Deputies made contact with Christopher Lee Powers, who was holding a fixed-blade knife, in apartment 204,” the Roane County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release. “Deputies observed Christopher Ryan Jenkins running toward a bathroom in the apartment carrying a glass container.”

  • Houstons face weapons charges; were under surveillance

    A surveillance camera mounted on a public utility pole last fall led to the arrest of brothers Rocky and Leon Houston on federal firearms charges Friday. The brothers appeared in court in Knoxville Monday.

    Agents and officers from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, Roane County Sheriff's Office and other local law enforcement agencies executed arrest and search warrants at the Houston family property located in Roane County.

  • Lawyer Butler’s hearing delayed

    The hearing that had been scheduled this week for Harriman attorney Donice Butler has been continued.

    Butler has been accused of misconduct by some of her former clients.

    The Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility, which oversees the conduct of attorneys, is seeking to have her disciplined over the allegations.

    The hearing before a three-member panel composed of attorneys had been scheduled for Jan. 16.  

  • Hanging up her pad and pen: Columnist calling it quits at 91

    Rockwood’s voice for community news — from social occasions to club meetings and guests to community members’ homes — is calling it a day.

    Josephine McKinney, the 91-year-old ’Round Rockwoodcolumnist for the Roane County News, has been writing some sort of local news column for a very long time, first taking over for her mother, Carrie Ramsey.

  • Oliver Springs, county mourns Sonny Harvey

    Sonny Harvey was a man who knew just about every little tidbit of history about the town of Oliver Springs.

    Claude Smith “C.S.” Harvey Jr., always known as Sonny, died in Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge Thursday, two days shy of his 83rd birthday.

    The historian had lived a very busy life, including his activities as a historian and chairman of the Oliver Springs Historical Society.

  • 7 jailed for child abuse at meth lab

    Seven people are facing child abuse and drug charges after numerous items consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine were found Friday at 100 Oaks Apartments at 900 E. Wheeler St., Rockwood.

    “Deputies made contact with Christopher Lee Powers, who was holding a fixed blade knife, in apartment 204,” the Roane County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.

    “Deputies observed Christopher Ryan Jenkins running toward a bathroom in the apartment carrying a glass container.”