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  • Jim Henry honored for work with children

    A nonprofit advocating for abused and neglected children are praising Tennessee Department of Children’s Services and Commissioner Jim Henry of Kingston.

    Childhelp, which advocates for abused and neglected children, announced that Henry and his staff will be honored with the Childhelp Voice of the Children Award on April 22 at the Childhelp National Day of Hope celebration in Washington, D.C.

  • KKK ties cited in alleged murder plot


    Authorities have accused a former Roane County man of being a member of the Ku Klux Klan and plotting with two Florida prison guards to murder an inmate.

    According to a news release from Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Thomas Jordan Driver, David Elliot Moran and Charles Thomas Newcomb are members of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

    Newcomb, 42, used to live in Roane County.

    The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office in Florida listed his current address in jail records as Hawthorn, Fla.

  • Woman sought in credit fraud

    Rockwood Police Department has posted a video of a person of interest who may know something about rampant theft of credit card information.

    “Through the assistance of other out-of-county and other local agencies, this lady has been declared a subject of interest in the possible use of a compromised card.

    “Again, she is a person of interest only at this point,” according to the Rockwood Police Department Facebook posting.

    Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright said the photo came out of Knoxville.

  • Harriman may seek marketing help

    Even utopia needs a little help now and then.

    Harriman officials want to hire someone to promote the city that was created in the utopian temperance movement.

    City officials hope to end the hiring freeze they implemented last year and hire someone to do that by this summer.

    “I would love to have someone in place mid-summer,” said Mayor Chris Mason.

    The scope of responsibilities has not been finalized, but officials hope to develop them over the next month.


    Daniel Christopher Gavidia, a 28-year-old Maryville man, was scheduled to be arraigned in Roane County Criminal Court on Tuesday on four charges of aggravated statutory rape. The charges were returned against Gavidia by the Roane County grand jury in February.

    He was booked into the Roane County Jail on Saturday. Jail records listed his address as 1814 E. Westwood Drive, Maryville.


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  • Railroad denies fault in crash that killed 2



    Norfolk Southern Railway Co. and other defendants have filed an answer to a lawsuit centered around a fatal vehicle-and-train crash last spring near Harriman.

    The suit against Norfolk Southern Railway Co., Norfolk Southern Railway Corp. and three railroad staffers was filed by Darius Gallaher, Hunter Crass and Willie and Melissa Gallaher.

  • No deals for testimony in shooting case



    Stephanie Foland said she didn’t receive anything for testifying as a prosecution witness at Christopher Lee Powers’ preliminary hearing last week.

    Foland was in the car with Powers when he was shot by Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy John Mayes on Feb. 9.

    Foland doesn’t face any charges in the Powers case, but she does have multiple charges pending in other cases in Roane County General Sessions Court.

  • Commission, BOE vow to build better rapport



    Some members of the Roane County Commission had positive reviews about last week’s joint meeting with the Roane County Board of Education.

    “I thought we made progress,” Commissioner David Bell said. “Definitely.”

    The meeting in the auditorium of Roane County High School focused on the budget needs of the school system.

    “There was a lot of good information and building of rapport between the two bodies,” Commissioner Steve Kelley said.