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  • Meth lab suspect also charged with littering

    An agent with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency charged two people with manufacturing meth  over the Easter weekend.
    Katlen Bionnca Ashbrook, 23, and Andrew Keith Ladd, 22, were still in custody at the Roane County Jail Thursday morning, according to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office website.
    TWRA Agent Brad Daugherty saw Ashbrook and Ladd while he was patrolling a lake access site on Peninsula Road.

  • Learn a new language on state’s dime

    Learning a new language just got a little easier, thanks to a new service that’s being offered by the Tennessee Electronic Library.
    Powerspeak Languages, an interactive online experience, allows everyone in Tennessee to learn new languages on their own schedules. This program is ideal for students, business professionals, leisure travelers, or anyone who simply wants a new skill.

  • Film gives Christian take on body image

    Harriman native Daryl Hall’s first film, Fat Boys, is a comedy with a heavy message.

    The longtime youth pastor, worked with a mashup of people from East Tennessee to produce his first film, a Christian comedy called Fat Boys that focuses on the image issues of obesity.

    “It just came to me one night,” Hall said.  

    The premise is “how a group of fat boys interact with one another.”

  • Beef thieves captured ... on the hoof

    A pair of pantyhose was used in an alleged meat caper at the Rockwood IGA last month.
    Annie Smith, 60, is charged with theft in the incident. Her 46-year-old alleged accomplice, Randy Harris, is charged with theft and evading arrest.
    Harris assisted Smith in hiding $206.89 worth of filet mignon in her pantyhose, Rockwood police allege in a report on the incident. The theft was captured by the store’s security video, according to the report.

  • Assault by gasoline? Police say affirmative

    A woman told police a man doused her car with gasoline on March 30.
    David Lee Hill, 47, has been charged with assault and vandalism in the incident.
    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office report, at 4:28 p.m. Deputy Stan Hohulin was dispatched to a 911 hangup call at 290 Massengill Springs Road.
    “I encountered the victim, Nicole Phillips, at 124 Massengill Springs Road,” the report said. “She advised she flagged down a passing motorist who drove her to safety from 290 Massengill Springs.”

  • Steak knives used in pool-shooting debate

    An argument over who is the better pool player has a Rockwood man in trouble with the law.
    J.C. Chapman was charged with aggravated assault on March 30.
    According to the arrest report, Rockwood police responded to 922 Bayless St. at 9:44 p.m.
    Police said Cynthia Moak said Charles Cofer and Chapman had gotten into an argument over who plays pool better, and Chapman went after Cofer with two steak knives.
    Cofer, police said, corroborated her story.

  • Business man shows off fun side

    Time spent with Joe Dickerson will tell you this: his mind is always churning.
    You may not know Dickerson, but chances are you’ve seen his creative side at work. He bought a little throw-away boat for $100 and set it up in front of his shop, JD Automotive Marine & Equipment on Hwy. 70 near Caney Creek.
    Dickerson decided to add a driver and a water skier, and when his quest for mannequins became too costly, he made his own. The spindly arms and legs of the water skier are made of PVC pipe.

  • Debate over public notice is not over

    By FRANK GIBSON
    TPA Public Policy director
    State Sen. Ken Yager, sponsor of legislation championed by Tennessee Press Association as a defense against moving public notices from print to government websites, made special notice to his fellow senators that they were considering the bill during National Sunshine Week.
    The Senate passed SB461 on March 14 by a vote of 31-1 and sent it to the House, where HB1001 (the House companion) by Rep. Ryan Haynes, of Knoxville, passed the following week.

  • County porn scandal

    Melvin Moore, a former Roane County Property Assessor’s Office employee, watched pornography during after-hours at the office when he was alleged to be working, the county attorney says.
    Moore was former assessor Teresa Kirkham’s chief appraiser and front man during property appeals.
    “I had a conversation with him about it, just like a boss would an employee,” Kirkham said. “I reprimanded him pretty hard about it.”
    David Morgan defeated Kirkham in last year’s election.

  • Solar dream dimmed

    Kingston’s foray into the solar-farming business hit a slight snag in March.
    It wasn’t, however, enough to keep the city from forging ahead with a portion of the project and seeking alternatives for finishing the rest.
    The city has approval now to move on a 50-kwh farm to be located behind the water plant off James Ferry Road.
    That was the original plan  laid out when the city joined with the private firm Energy Source Partners in this venture.