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  • OES truck in crash

    A Roane County Office of Emergency Services vehicle was involved in a crash earlier this month.

    It happened in Harriman near the Dollar General Market on Feb. 13.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated the crash because it involved a county vehicle. That’s common in those situations.

    The county vehicle was a 2008 Ford F15 driven by OES employee John Rayburn. The other vehicle was a 1996 Ford Crown Victoria driven by 88-year-old Josephine Smith of Harriman.

  • Weather won’t affect tax deadline

    People shouldn’t look for an extension on the amount of time they have to pay property taxes because of bad weather.

    Roane County Trustee Wilma Eblen said the deadline is still Feb. 28.

    “I guess we’re going to have to watch the weather, but the taxes will become delinquent March 1,” she said. “That’s what the state says.”

    Eblen said she’s basing that on past experience.

  • Driver in chase that ended with shots fired out of hospital, in jail

    Christopher Lee Powers faces several charges from the police chase that ended with him shot multiple times.

    Powers, 34, was booked into the Roane County Jail on Feb. 18.

    Warrants taken out by Roane County Sheriff’s Office Detective A.E. Wolff charge Powers with DUI, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, speeding, evading arrest and driving on a revoked license.

    The police chase occurred on Feb. 9.

  • Stepson’s charge upgraded to murder

    Steven Edward Jones has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his stepfather, Fred Silvey.

    Jones allegedly stabbed Silvey multiple times with a knife on Feb. 11.

    Silvey died at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville on Valentine’s Day.

    The first-degree murder warrant was taken out on Feb. 17.

    Jones is also charged with attempted second-degree murder against his mother, Carolyn Silvey, and two counts of aggravated assault.

  • Pill ring leader says he’s dying of cancer

    John Wesley Goss, the mastermind behind an elaborate Roane County pill ring, could be released before sentencing.

    According to his attorney, Goss is suffering from stage 4 cancer and has three months to live.

    “In view of the exceptional circumstances in this case, the court has the authority to release Mr. Goss pending sentencing,” federal defender Paula R. Voss said in a motion for release.

    Voss included a letter from Goss’ doctor with her motion.

  • Shelters helpful during cold snap

    Whether huddling close and camping out around fires or heaters or seeking a safe place away from home, Roane County residents without power did what they could to stay warm this week.

    For some, that meant seeking help at a shelter like the one the American Red Cross provided at Kingston First Baptist Church.

    Carol Golliher said she got so cold on Tuesday that she called 911 — because she didn’t know where else to turn.

  • Family makes due while waiting for electricity

    Last week was an adventure in pioneering for Jonathan and Leann Isham and their brood.

    The family of six — including twin toddlers Ella and Anna — were making due Thursday in their Edwards Lane home while waiting for the electricity to be restored.

    “You can see your breath in any other room,” said Leann, huddled up on a couch with elder children Tristan and Olivia.

    “I have to curl up in a ball,” quipped Tristan.

  • DEEP FREEZE TURNS FATAL

    Tony Dean Stanley, a 44-year-old Roane County man, died of hypothermia last week.

    “He was found yesterday,” Roane County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Boduch said late Thursday afternoon.

    “We can’t be sure exactly when the death occurred, but sometime between Sunday (Feb. 15) and yesterday (Feb. 18).”

    Boduch said Stanley was last seen alive on Sunday, Feb. 15.

    He lived in the Eagle Furnace area south of Rockwood.

  • School closings possible next week

    Officials Thursday discussed the icing and tree situation around the county.

    “We’ve got a lot of areas of the county that are in pretty good shape now,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “The situation that we really have to monitor the next two days is ... we have a lot of trees leaning over the roads in certain areas.... We’re also expecting some more bad weather coming in Friday night/early Saturday morning.”

  • Almost there getting power on across county

    Rockwood Electric Utility’s situation is no longer looking so bleak.

    The utility had about 1,500 customers out earlier in the week, and only about 200 customers without power on Thursday morning.

    “We are pecking away at it. We made really big progress yesterday evening and all night,” said REU manager Kendall Bear. He is hoping all will have power by the weekend.

    Areas still without power Thursday were Dogwood Shores, Wolf Creek and Holder Ford in the Kingston area and New Hope and other areas near Rockwood.