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  • Pursuit suspect evades police for eight months

    It took authorities eight months to the day, but they were finally able to catch up to a Wartburg man who eluded them after an alleged high-speed chase on Sept. 7.

    Nineteen charges were filed against Joseph Wayne Roysden, 29, who was taken into custody on May 7 when police went to 2719 Harriman Hwy. to perform a warrants check.

    The charges include felony evading arrest, three felony counts of aggravated child abuse and four felony counts of reckless endangerment.

  • Rockwood community helps find man a home

    A homeless and sick man now has a place to call his own, thanks to Rockwood community members.

    Former Rockwood City Council member Harold Ishman said he was proud of the community response when Eddie Phillips was found sick under a bridge.

    “I am just extremely grateful to live in this town,” Ishman said.

    When Rockwood police got a welfare check for Phillips under the Tedder Street bridge, they found him not well and took him for treatment.

    Initial arrangements were made to put him up in a hotel.

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  • Nursing homes in state mark special week

    Nursing homes across Tennessee are observing National Nursing Home Week, which began on Mother’s Day, May 11, and continues through May 17.

    “Nursing Home Week is an excellent time to visit nursing homes, participate in activities and thank the caregivers and volunteers for their hard work and dedication to providing quality care to the residents.” said Jesse Samples, executive director of the Tennessee Health Care Association.

    THCA is a nonprofit organization representing long-term care facilities located throughout the state.

  • Smoot’s parents may lose $250,000

    Shawn Smoot’s parents could lose the $250,000 they put up to bond him out of jail.

    “The state, in our amended motion for bond revocation, will be asking for the entire bond amount to be forfeited to the court,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said Thursday.

    Smoot is charged with first-degree murder in the Oct. 15, 2011, death of Brooke Nicole Morris.

    Smoot was released from the Roane County Jail on March 26, 2013, after his parents put up the bond.

  • Alleged police evader caught in Rockwood

    A man who allegedly led police on a high-speed chase was arrested in Rockwood on Wednesday.

    Wendell Scott Swint of Morgan County is charged with evading arrest, reckless endangerment, aggravated assault, driving on a suspended license, simple possession and resisting arrest.

    Police set up a checkpoint on Hwy. 70 on Monday as part of an investigation into the Sunday death of Johnny Franklin Douglas. According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office report, Swint approached the checkpoint in a Ford Mustang, then stopped and turned around.

  • Board considers squeezing more into high school day

    The school day could include a seventh period for high school students in the future. Currently there are six periods.

    The Roane County Board of Education Policy Committee discussed the possible change earlier this month.

    “This would only affect Oliver Springs, Harriman, Rockwood and Kingston,” Policy Committee Chairman Wade McCullough said. “They’re on a six period, traditional day.”

  • Children’s meal program needs volunteers

    Rockwood Housing Authority’s Kids Cafe needs a volunteer coordinator to help provide a meal to the community’s children each Monday.

    “Once they meet these kids they’ll want to help,” said Jennifer Watson, housing manager of the Rockwood Housing Authority.

    The coordinator would plan the menu and shop for nutritious meals for approximately 60 children each week, as well as coordinate volunteers to help cook, serve food and clean up. The coordinator must also be interested in being a mentor to the children.