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  • Shawn Smoot arrested again

    Accused murderer Shawn Smoot was arrested Tuesday morning in McMinn County.

    He’s charged with DUI, resisting arrest and violation of implied consent.

    Smoot also is charged in Roane County Criminal Court with first-degree murder in the death of Brooke Nicole Morris.

    Her body was found at the intersection of Blair Road and Old Blair Road on Oct. 15, 2011. Police said she had been shot.

  • Grants help Kingston outfit officers

    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said his department was able to purchase 19 new bulletproof vests, thanks to a federal grant.  

    “It’s a 50-50 grant through the Department of Justice,” he said. “It really helps the department, as expensive and important as the vests are. They can save a life.”

    Washam said the city paid $12,000 for the vests upfront and got reimbursed for the grant half.   

  • ORAU session gauges nuclear energy rebirth

    Declines in new construction, evolving safe-ty regulations, and building the next generation

    of nuclear engineers

    and researchers are among the challenges facing the future of nuclear energy.

    But there is hope, according to a top Nuclear Regulatory Commission official.

  • Don’t let these scammers make a grab for your $$

    By DAVID UFFINGTON

    King Features Syndicate

    ScamBusters has exposed a wide variety of the latest scams, including:

    Fake pregnancy — Need to buy a positive pregnancy test to push a romance toward marriage? Ads apparently are turning up all over the country.

  • Paul Clay named president of RSI

    Restoration Services, Inc., a small employee-owned environmental and project management services company in Oak Ridge, recently appointed Paul Clay as presi-dent.

    Clay succeeds company founder and outgoing president Staci Ferguson.

    Clay joined RSI in 2008 as director of environment, safety, health and quality.

    Prior to joining RSI, Paul worked for Jacobs Engineering Group where he was assigned as vice president and deputy general manager for the Bechtel Jacobs Co. LLC joint venture in Oak Ridge.

  • Chamber awards banquet coming
  • SECOND CHANCE

    Finishing, not winning, is Tara Stockton’s goal for the Boston Marathon.

    “The thing that I’m looking forward to the most is being able to cross the finish line,” she said.

    The Roane County runner was within a half-mile of finishing last year when the Boston Marathon was abruptly stopped after bombs exploded near the finish line.

    The 5,633 runners who had no chance to finish in 2013 were invited back to compete in this year’s event.

  • Mailbox cards sticking point in the race for Roane sheriff

    When Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton was on the campaign trail in 2006, one of the complaints he often heard was that people never saw a patrol car in their area.

    “I said, ‘Well, I can assure you if we’re out on patrol and you don’t see us, we’re going to figure out a way to let you know that we’re around,’” Stockton said.

    Deputies now leave cards in people’s mailboxes to let them know they’ve been by.

  • Gallaher facing domestic assault charge

    Harriman attorney Donice Butler said Eric Gallaher is innocent of the domestic assault charge levied against him by Rockwood police.

    “I don’t think the police had to charge him with domestic assault,” Butler said.

    “I think if it had been someone else, another decision might have been made.”

    Gallaher was arrested on April 15 after he was spotted by a Roane County Sheriff’s Office deputy on routine patrol.

  • Ratchet’s, liquor store workers cited for underage alcohol sales

    Employees at Ratchet’s Bar and Grill and Gateway Spirits in Rockwood were cited earlier this month for selling alcohol to underage customers earlier.

    Megan Elizabeth Miles, 21, Rockwood, was cited at Ratchet’s Bar and Grill.

    According to police reports, Miles looked at the minor’s identification and appeared to struggle to tell the age of the person attempting to purchase the beer before making the sale.

    At Gateway Spirits, Kendra Renee Williams, 35, was cited.