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  • Accused killer on the lam?

    At press time Thursday, accused murderer Shawn Smoot was still at large.

    “We don’t know where he is, but everybody is on the look out for him,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.

    Johnson said that includes the U.S. Marshals Service.

    A warrant has been out for Smoot’s arrest for more than a week after Roane County Criminal Court Judge Eugene Eblen signed an April 23 order revoking his bond.

    Prosecutors moved for the revocation after Smoot was charged with DUI in McMinn County.

  • Official’s tax status puts seat in jeopardy

    It’s been a tough couple of years for Harriman City Councilman J.D. Sampson.

    According to the Tennessee Trustee’s website, Sampson still has not paid his 2012 or 2013 property taxes and personal property taxes of $7,890.

    “I guess I’m going to have to close down. I can’t seem to get any jobs,” said Sampson, who runs Sampson Group, a maintenance and custodial service.

    He said he recently bid on work at a variety of companies, but he’s not heard back yet.

  • TCAP incentives offered

    Roane County students started state TCAP testing Tuesday.

    With the pressure upon them, one middle school wanted to celebrate with a pep rally.

    Cherokee Middle School students created TCAP banners, performed skits, had Minute-

    To-Win-It-style games and group relay races.

    “We have students who really get really stressed out about TCAP’s,” said Amber Henderson, a seventh-grade math teacher. “The pep rally is a time for the kids to forget about the stress and just have some fun.”

  • TVA recreation area cuts power usage

    A unique demonstration project set among the campers and anglers at Melton Hill Dam Sustainable Recreation Area is delivering on its promise of energy efficiency, water conservation and renewable generation for the Tennessee Valley Authority.

    TVA blended a concentrated mix of sustainable technologies and conservation concepts into the existing infrastructure of the popular 92-acre lakeside recreation area west of Knoxville. The project opened on Earth Day 2011.

  • Man says he shot at SUV that tried to run him over

    A Harriman man was charged with two counts of reckless endangerment for allegedly shooting at two people traveling in a Lincoln Navigator Tuesday night.

    According to the report, Michael Ray Shipley told Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Mitch Grigsby he fired after the vehicle attempted to run him over.

    “Mr. Shipley alleged that the vehicle’s mirror had struck him on the arm, but I observed no obvious marks on Mr. Shipley’s person to corroborate his statement,” the report said.

  • Dining With Diabetes

    Low- or no-sugar recipes were on the menu at the Dining With Diabetes cooking school in the Roane County Health Department this week.

    The class is put on through a joint effort between the health department and UT Extension Roane County. It is ideal for anyone with diabetes or who cooks for a diabetic family member.

    “We focus on carb moderation and how to plan a meal,” said Justin Thomas, UT Extension agent.

    “We also look at how to make good meals that will fit into the 45-to 60-carb range.”

  • Roane’s Dry Town Boys join with vintage baseball league

    “Well played!” cries out one player, like his comrades dressed in a buttoned shirt with a “K” centered upon it.

    “One hand dead,” calls Tony Brown.

    Wearing a top hat, suit and carrying a cane, Brown stands behind a makeshift backstop at the vintage base ball game played on a grassy field at Roane State Community College.  

  • 60-day sentence for ‘horseplay’ death

    Timothy Ray Treadway will have to serve only 60 days in the Roane County Jail for his criminal negligent homicide conviction.

    Treadway, 41, was charged in the Jan. 15, 2013, death of Shayne Woodall. He reached a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty in March. Treadway started his jail sentence on Friday. After he is released, the remainder of his one-year sentence will be served on probation.

  • HOT, HOT, HOT

    Will Walker gleefully runs though a sprinkler on the soccer field at Southwest Point after his sister, Savannah’s, soccer practice Sunday. The National Weather Service reported temperatures at 85 degrees.   

  • Pemberton survives challenge

    The controversy surrounding Mike Pemberton’s residency won’t keep him out of the race for 9th Judicial District circuit court judge.

    The Roane County Election Commission voted 5-0 on Monday to put him on the ballot for the Aug. 7 election.

    “The commission heard impassioned pleas from Mr. Pemberton and his supporters, and they made a decision,” said Chattanooga attorney Wes Kliner, who argued against putting Pemberton on the ballot.

    Pemberton filed his paperwork to run in February.