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  • Changes, death leave Rockwood parks, recreation short staffed

    Rockwood officials are looking at hiring a parks and recreation director in light of situations over the past year that have left the staff short.
    Public Works Director Tom Pierce, who headed up the department, left earlier this year amidst allegations of city credit card abuse.
    Another employee, Tobi Melton, resigned recently. Ricky Lawson, who was serving as an unofficial interim director, recently passed away.

  • Registered sex offender accused of raping teen

    Charles Daniel Mullins was convicted of criminal attempt to commit rape in Cumberland County in 2005.
    He was sentenced to community supervision for life, ordered to wear a GPS tracking unit and was placed on the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry.
    Despite the sentence, Mullins is accused of committing another sex crime in Roane County earlier this year.
    The Roane County grand jury indicted him for rape last week. The alleged crime occurred on March 14. The alleged victim was 15.

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  • Impaired person a victim

    Multiple people were indicted for sex crimes during this week’s Roane County grand jury session. The group includes Willard and Shelia Crabtree.
    The Crabtrees, 244 Dogtown Road, Ten Mile, are charged with aggravated rape.
    According to the indictment, the alleged victim was mentally/physically incapacitated. 

  • Man charged in theft from TVA

    A Harriman man faces a felony charge for allegedly stealing from TVA.
    Terry Lee Crowe, 230 Virginia St., was indicted by the Roane County grand jury this week for theft of property.
    According to the indictment, he allegedly stole tools and accessories from the agency valued at more than $10,000.    
    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Mitch Grigsby arrested Crowe at his home on Wednesday. He was booked into the county jail and released on bond.

  • Roane nonprofit heads are target of indictment

    Two people who worked for a medical technology nonprofit have been indicted by the Roane County grand jury.
    According to the District Attorney General’s Office, Community Health Network Inc. operated from a Kingston address, but provided services throughout Tennessee.
    The nonprofit started in 2002 to provide telecommunications support to rural health clinics and medical personnel.

  • Kingston gears up for holiday season

    While others are stocking up on Halloween candy and looking toward meal planning and Christmas shopping, Kingston Parks and Recreation officials are gearing up for special time-of-the-year preparations, too.
    It’s fall festival time, and with autumn’s annual country fair behind them, parks and rec chief Rick Ross and his employees have Spooktacular upcoming on Oct. 27; the city’s annual Christmas Parade on Nov. 26; the Candy Cane Run for kids Dec. 1; and the Candlelight Tour at the Fort Dec. 8.

  • No cross-voting in primary?

    Democrats voting in Republican primaries could become a thing of the past.
    “We actually have a piece of legislation drafted that would close our primaries, and I’m using that as a starting ground,” said State Speaker of the House Beth Harwell. “I’ve asked my research analyst to look at what other states are doing and see what works well and what doesn’t work well.”

  • Career program helps special-needs students

    Teachers in Roane County’s Work-based Learning for Special Needs Students program held an appreciation luncheon on Oct. 10 at Roane County High School for people who supported their effort.

    That includes staff at several businesses, churches and at least one school.

    During the unique program, students in special education programs in Roane County schools are able to map out a career path and hunt for a job.

    Once they secure employment from one of the sponsors, they