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  • Police chief’s daughter charged with burglary

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has taken over the investigation of a burglary in which the daughter of Oliver Springs Police Chief Kenneth Morgan was arrested.

    District Attorney Russell Johnson said Morgan asked him to have the TBI step in.

    A Morgan County General Sessions Court warrant said Morgan’s daughter, Caitlin Joanna Morgan, 20, of 1040 Lookout Ave., Oliver Springs, was arrested by Oliver Springs Sgt. David Laxton after he was called to a burglary in progress at 1115 Lookout Ave.

    Also arrested was Casey Gulley.

  • Collier on the mend

    Despite having gone through major surgery, Roane County Commissioner Bobby Collier hasn’t lost his sense of humor.    

    “If I don’t get back before too long, they’ll have that budget screwed up,” he quipped on Friday.

    Collier, who serves on the county budget committee, underwent heart surgery at Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville last week.

    His sister, Roane County Commissioner Carolyn Granger, said it was touch and go at one point.  

  • Waste deep in collected household hazards

     

    JanElle Mooney sorts through hazardous waste folks brought in for recycling during the county’s recent Household Hazardous Waste Day event at the Roane County Recycling Center. Pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides were only some of the materials collected during the event.

  • Police gear up in style of military

    It’s a Hummer you see traveling down Roane Street in Harriman, but it isn’t the military doing maneuvers.

    It’s Harriman Police Department’s latest find, one of a number of practically free — or, at least, cheap — items they got from a variety of military bases including Fort Bragg,
    N.C.

    “We have had to spend really little money to get it,” Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said.

    He said he’s bought about $67,000 in gear for about $574, using drug fund money to purchase the items.

  • New lot provides more courthouse parking

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said people who can’t find a parking spot at the courthouse or county jail can use the paved lot at the Building and Codes Office.

    “That’s a public parking lot,” he said.

    The codes office is at 308 N. Third St., Kingston. The lot, which has 22 spaces, is adjacent to the jail.

  • Looseleaf Laureate by Terri Likens: Despite differences, feelings for Mom run deep

    A few of you out there have met my mother. She’s a wonderful woman who’ll turn 77 this month, although you wouldn’t know it to look at her.
    With stunning green eyes and a big smile, she is a classic beauty who can easily pass for someone a decade or more younger.
    In fact, she hears this from people on a regular basis.
    She lives a few counties over, and treasures her clear view of the rising Smokey Mountains almost as much as the air she breathes.
    As with many daughters and mothers, ours is a complicated relationship.

  • Chief logs 25 years with Kingston police force

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    The fact that Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam is a quick study is born out by his record.
    A rookie patrolman with Kingston in 1987 at the age of 22, he made criminal investigator by 1993; shift sergeant by ’96; lieutenant by ’97; assistant chief by ’98; and became chief of the department in 2000.

  • TVA still plans small reactor

    Despite cost overruns for Watts Bar Unit 2 and a decline in revenues, TVA has not abandoned its plan to build a small modular reactor in Roane County.   
    “TVA will continue to participate on a team that will make a proposal to the Department of Energy in response to a cost-share program for the design and licensing of up to two small modular reactor designs,” TVA spokeswoman Barbara Martocci said. “The site in Roane County will be part of that proposal.”

  • Student dies of spinal meningitis

    A Rockwood Middle School student died Sunday from spinal meningitis at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.
    The community had rallied around 12-year-old Morgan Peters, holding a prayer vigil for her last week in hopes that the very sick sixth-grader would pull through.
    A Facebook page called Team Morgan was even created and children wore specially created shirts in her honor.
    “Obviously, by the outpouring of people, you can tell how well she was loved,” said her father Andy Peters. “She was definitely a hugger.”

  • Mauled boy faces long recovery

    By DAMON LAWRENCE
    dlawrence@roanecounty.com
    Dalton Broshears, a 4-year-old Roane County boy, could have everlasting scars from a pit bull attack that occurred earlier this week.
    “He’s lost an ear,” grandmother Ann Wells said.
    The attack occurred on Monday at 542 Emory Heights Road. According to a dispatch report, Annette Broshears called 911 and reported one of her dogs had bitten off her son’s ear.
    Dalton was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.