Local News

  • Former fighter pilot finds new ways to serve

    Special to the Roane County News

    Roane County resident Greg Paulus is a Top Gun. He earned that distinction flying F4 fighters for the Air Force.

    In fact, he did it twice.

    He was operational in five different aircraft — a rarity itself.

    After serving his country, he found a way, through his business, to serve people with disabilities.

  • Accused rapist had served years in prior case

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said one of the obstacles in sex crime prosecutions is the testimony of young victims.

    That was a factor in a prior case involving Matthew Brandon Hall, a registered sex offender who now is accused of raping two Roane County teens.

    “Keep in mind that under both the U.S. Constitution and the Tennessee Constitution, all persons charged with crimes are entitled to confront and cross-examine their accusers in open court and in front of the jury,” Johnson said.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: GOP to poor says: Let ’em suffer; Let ’em die

    The events of last week brought to mind an oft posed question from our old friend, the late Stanley Staples.

  • Deputy shoots man in vehicle

    Interstate 40 at Airport Road was aglow with emergency lights Monday night following an officer-involved shooting.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said Deputy John Mayes shot Christopher Lee Powers when the Rockwood man drove at him in a vehicle.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson asked the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to look into the incident.

    TBI spokesman Josh DeVine said the shooting followed a police pursuit, “in which the deputy ‘clocked’ a vehicle traveling in excess of 100 mph on Hwy. 27 in Harriman.

  • Stomach bug gives schools pause, but no closure yet

    Roane County students have a four-day weekend coming up with Presidents Day and an upcoming staff training day.

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes said he’s hopeful he won’t have to cancel school because of sickness before then.

    “It’s a stomach bug going around that’s the issue,” he said.

    Aytes said attendance was still running around 90 percent Tuesday. He said school officials consider closing when attendence drops to around 80 percent.

  • Ren Fair gears up for 2015 season

    The East Tennessee Renaissance Festival held its first open audition last Saturday.

    More are scheduled.

    Numerous potential performers came out to demonstrate their talent for the 2015 Faire which is scheduled for May 16-17, 23-25 and 30-31 in Harriman.

    “This was a way for us to get back into it,” Barrie Paulson said.

    All are encouraged to attend the next open audition.

    Experience or costumes are not necessary but are helpful, according to the festival Facebook page.

  • Bank robber set to plead guilty

    It doesn’t look like Kingston resident Bryan Scott Samples will contest his latest bank robbery charge.

    An arraignment and change of plea hearing is set for Feb. 18 at the federal courthouse in Knoxville.

    At the hearing, Samples is expected to plead guilty to robbing the Y-12 Federal Credit Union on Clinton Highway.

    An information charging Samples with the robbery and a notice of facts was filed in federal court on Jan. 29.

    “These are the facts submitted for purposes of defendant’s guilty plea,” the notice said.

  • Roane County crash proves fatal for Oakdale man

    Elmer E. Solomon, a 79-year-old Oakdale man, was killed in a Friday afternoon two-vehicle crash in Roane County.

    Trooper Matt Armes investigated the crash for the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

    Solomon was a passenger in a 2008 Nissan VSL driven by 77-year-old Merley E. Tilson, also of Oakdale.

    According to the report, the Nissan was traveling east on Hwy. 61.

    The other vehicle involved was a 2002 Chevrolet KTA driven by 74-year-old Samuel D. Norman of Harriman.

  • Harriman wants annexation suit dismissal

    An attorney for Harriman has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit which claims the city’s 1959 annexation of South Harriman — and those since — should be void.

    Attorney Gerald Largen, who also writes a column for the Roane County News, filed the suit late last year.

    In a response filed late last month, attorney Michael S. Kelley said Largen had waited 50 years to respond to the South Harriman annexation.

  • Sheriff: Call before using drug bin

    People looking to discard unwanted medication in the Roane County Sheriff’s Office drug collection bin should call ahead first.

    Sheriff Jack Stockton said his office started locking the bin after someone put in needles, which are not accepted.

    “We have to make sure we don’t have any needles put in there, so when they clean it out they don’t get stuck with them,” Stockton said. “You don’t want to get stuck with a dirty needle.”