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  • Sheriff's office investigating homicide

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a 23-year-old white female. Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said the body of Brooke Morris was found at Blair Road and Old Blair Road on Saturday around 8 p.m.

    “Somebody saw her laying next to the road and they called,” Phillips said. “First responders and law enforcement responded out there and found her.”

    Phillips said Morris, who had a Knoxville address, appeared to have suffered a gun shot wound.

  • Cain stumps through Roane

    Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain was greeted by a raucous crowd during a stop at Roane State Community College on Saturday.
    “Thank you for being here, because this is a collection of patriots, and patriots want to take back this nation,” said the candidate, who recently emerged as a leader among Republican hopefuls.
    His audience came from near and far.
    “I’m interested in what Herman Cain has to say,” said Roane County resident Ed Harper.
    That was also what brought Susan Clifton of Maryville to the event.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: I’m revving up my shiny, new ... um ... toy

    You should see my shiny, powerful new high-rpm toy. I have it parked in the basement — right next to the dryer.
    I know.
    Not too many people get excited over a new clothes washer, but this one is perfection. It’s an energy-saving high-efficiency, high-capacity top-loader with a gleaming stainless steel tub.

  • Bridge project alters route to Loudon County

    A pair of bridge replacement projects will temporarily close Hwy. 72, the South of the River roadway to Loudon County from Roane County.
    Tennessee Department of Transportation officials announced the roadway would be closed to traffic beginning Friday and should be reopened to traffic by Monday, Oct. 24, at 6 a.m.
    The bridges being repaired are over Paint Rock Creek and Stamp Creek.
    The Tennessee Department of Transportation put up signs along Kentucky Street near the Interstate 40 exchange this week announcing the roads closure.

  • Farmer, Ruppe apply for Rockwood position

    Two former county chiefs — Mike Farmer of Roane County and Becky Ruppe of Morgan County — have applied for the Rockwood city administrator position.
    Farmer served the term prior to current officeholder Ron Woody.
    Rockwood City Council will be interviewing them and Jack Miller, a former city manager in Crossville
    at a workshop Monday, Oct. 17, at 3:30 p.m.

  • Brakes applied on LOC dissolution

    The Oak Ridge City Council passed a resolution this week that directs its mayor — Tom Beehan — to not vote for the dissolution of the Oak Ridge Reservation Local Oversight Committee.
    The committee’s board of directors, on which Beehan serves, is scheduled to have a special meeting today (Friday) at The Roane Alliance Building in Kingston at 3 p.m.
    A resolution to dissolve the committee, a sort of watchdog on U.S. Department of Energy activities in and around Oak Ridge, is on the agenda.

  • TVA ASH SPILL LAWSUIT: Failure signs ‘everywhere’

    No one died when the dike failure at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant released more than 5 million cubic yards of coal ash slurry on Dec. 22, 2008.
    For an agency that also deals with nuclear energy, another disaster might not turn out as fortunate.
    Attorney Jeff Friedman told U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan that’s why his job is so important.
    “This court has the power to give TVA the wakeup call they so badly need,” he said.

  • Christian youth rallies expand

    Roane County youth groups from different church denominations have been rallying together, uniting in their shared love and worship of God.

    The rallies, “One Body Worshiping One God,” have been going on since June and contunue to expand.They take place on Potter’s House property on Four Mile Drive in Kingston.

    Youth aged 11-20 meet to play icebreaker-type games, participate in relay races, eat, socialize and worship at the lakeside Sunday evenings from 4 until 8.

  • Wild ride in stolen truck ends in arrest for four young men

    If it was a party, it was an expensive and dangerous one.

    Four young men in a stolen pickup truck crashed head-on with a car in Oliver Springs, raced away and led police on a high-speed chase while driving through business parking lots and private yards before wrecking the truck on a utility pole guy line.

    They weren’t done, yet.

    The occupants jumped from the truck and ran, chased by Oliver Springs officer Ricky Hamby and Capt. Brad Aytes, police reports said. They ran from Midway Drive through a residential area until they got to Ray Drive.

  • Police blotter: Tasering, assault, drugs and a hold-up

    An 18-year-old Kingston man, David Lee Moore II, of 1008 Brentwood Way, was asleep in his white Nissan  with a passenger when he was arrested the morning of Oct. 4 at Kingston’s Sonic Drive-In on Race Street for possession of marijuana.

    Sgt. Caleb Strayer allegedly smelled a strong odor of marijuana when he approached the vehicle after business hours — around 1 a.m.

    Strayer woke Moore and the passenger and reportedly asked Moore if there were any illegal drugs in the car.