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  • Rumors fly on school cuts

    Without additional funding from the county, the Roane County Board of Education will have to decide what cuts to make to its program.
    And while rumors on school closing and program elimination have been flying, nothing has been decided at this point, according to Board Member Wade McCullough.

  • Harriman shows off for prospects

    Sunshine and the excitement and pride of Harriman residents painted a tapestry of what the city of Harriman is, was and could be.
    Mariann D’Alessandro moved here several years ago. She remembers buying her shoes from the old Edwards Shoe Store and the beautiful nights walking her dogs around downtown.
    “I think now nobody realizes how nice it was. It made an impact on me,” she said.
    “Honest to God, I love this town.”

  • Rockwood man killed in truck accident

    A Rockwood passenger was killed in a two-vehicle accident Friday morning on U.S. Hwy. 27 in North Harriman.
    David A. Perkins, 70, was died while riding in a pickup driven by James D. Perkins, 32, also of Rockwood, who was injured.
    The pickup struck a truck with an empty box trailer, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol reports.
    Both vehicles were northbound on Hwy. 27 in the right lane. The truck and trailer attempted to turn right and the pickup failed to yield, THP reports said.

  • CORRECTION

    A story that appeared in the June 7 edition about the property tax abatement Volkswagen received contained incorrect information. The car company got a 10-year property tax abatement as part of its deal to build a distribution center in Roane County. Volkswagen will not pay any property taxes during that period, including the portion that would go to schools. The county is considering not offering similar deals to future industries.

  • Newly appointed police chief has big plans for Rockwood lawmen

    Danny Wright may not be sworn in as Rockwood’s new police chief until July 1, but he already has a lot in mind for the department.

    He recently met with the city’s officers and gave them some idea of what is to come.

    He explained what he has planned to Rockwood City Council recently as well.

    “It is not a job; it is not an occupation,” Wright said of police work.

    “It is a profession.”

  • THP to conduct sobriety checks in Roane County

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct sobriety roadside safety checkpoints in the next couple of weeks in Roane County.

    Both checkpoints will be on Hwy. 384 (Patton Lane) at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    The first checkpoint will be conducted on the week of June 28.

    Drivers can expect the second checkpoint on the week of July 5.

    Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 others every year in the United States.

  • Two indicted on child rape charges

    Martin Lee Thomas, 66, faces five counts of child rape.

    He was indicted by the Roane County grand jury on June 18.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Vianney Del Toro arrested Thomas at his home on Saturday.

    According to the indictment, the alleged rapes occurred between Jan. 1, 2009, and April 1, 2012.

    The alleged victim was younger than 13 years old.

    Jail and court records listed Thomas’ address as 241 Harvey Road, Kingston.

    He was granted a medical furlough on Monday.

  • Update: Violent sex offender captured

    Registered sex offender Charles Daniel Mullins was captured Wednesday night. Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said Mullins was arrested at a home on Unaka Street in Harriman.

    "We just kind of cornered him in and he didn't have anywhere to go," Stockton said. "We arrested him without incident."

  • Philadelphia man accused of shooting stepson

    A Philadelphia man was arrested last week for allegedly shooting his stepson in the leg.

    John Wayne Williams, 55, is charged aggravated assault in the incident.
    According to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to 178 Maddox Hollow Road at 8:45 p.m. on Thursday. Witnesses reportedly told deputies Williams shot his stepson with a shotgun following a family dispute. The stepson was identified as 26-year-old Dustin L. Rogers.

  • Grand jury to review Tiger Haven gunfire case

    Tiger Haven neighbor Toby Rhynehart has retained the services of Harriman attorney Donice Butler in his reckless endangerment case.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Self charged Rhynehart on May 14 after rounds from his SKS rifle allegedly went onto the property of Tiger Haven, a big-cat sanctuary in East Roane County.
    “I heard both the weapon fire, as well as the round travel above my head,” Self reported. “Myself and several others nearby began to search for cover as the rounds continued to fly overhead.”