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  • BELLY BLOWS?

    Rockwood resident Roberta Dennis is accusing District 2 Commissioner Junior Hendrickson of assaulting her with his stomach after the July 11 Roane County Commission meeting.

    “I never touched her,” Hendrickson said.

    Dennis alleges the assault happened in the commission room immediately after the meeting.

    “Within 60 seconds or less from when they broke,” she said. “I didn’t see him coming, but I surely felt him.”

    Dennis said Hendrickson’s stomach struck her on the hip.

    “Bam, bam,” she said. “It wasn’t once; it was twice.”

  • FIVE-DAY WORK WEEK

    Picnics at the Roane County Road Department could become a thing of the past if there is a change in leadership following the Aug. 4 election.

    Candidates Brian Mullins and Tim Clark said they don’t support such outings.

    “I think that could be used as a political event,” Clark said.

    “At no time should this be done, nor will I have that as a practice if I’m the Roane County road superintendent,” Mullins added.

  • Man jailed for taking meth into courthouse

    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Jon French had some reservations about Cody James Branham when he entered the courthouse on July 12. According to an incident report, the suspicion was sparked by a lump in Branham’s chest pocket.

    “Deputy French asked Branham, ‘What’s that in that pocket?’, while pointing toward that pocket,” the report said. “Then Branham pulled a clear baggy out of his pocket and said, ‘Meth.’”

    French detained Branham until Patrol Deputy Jason Halcomb arrived at the courthouse.

  • Roane is BETTER Together
  • Stretch of interstate honors slain officers

    A section of Interstate 40 in Roane County was dedicated Friday to the memory of fallen Roane County law-enforcement officers Bill Jones and Mike Brown.

    Jones and Brown were killed in a shootout while serving a warrant on May 11, 2006.

    “This is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time,” said Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton.

    Stockton said he was close to the two officers.

    “It was one of the greatest tragedies of my career,” he said.

  • Harriman man accused of rape

    Anthony Brian Young, a 52-year-old Harriman man, is facing sex crime charges in Roane County Criminal Court.

    He was indicted by the Roane County grand jury on June 20 on two counts of rape and one count of aggravated statutory rape.

    The alleged crimes occurred between May 1, 2015, and Jan. 15.

    Young was arrested on July 11 and was still in custody at the Roane County Jail on Friday.

    Jail records listed his address as 148 Hawn Lane.

  • Kingston awards Porter Park bid

    Harriman Public Library is trying to make reading fun this summer.

    Part of that mission was filled with the recent appearance of Ron Lighty, who entertained a large group of children with a show that included ventriloquism, balloon art, puppets and storytelling.

    “I’ve been doing this 45 years,” Lighty said after his performance. “I started with puppets and then ventriloquism. I’ve been to every school in the area several years ago.”

  • Summer reading’s fun in Harriman

    Harriman Public Library is trying to make reading fun this summer.

    Part of that mission was filled with the recent appearance of Ron Lighty, who entertained a large group of children with a show that included ventriloquism, balloon art, puppets and storytelling.

    “I’ve been doing this 45 years,” Lighty said after his performance. “I started with puppets and then ventriloquism. I’ve been to every school in the area several years ago.”

  • Kingston Council fields complaints

    A couple of residents addressed Kingston City Council last week for reasons ranging from meeting announcements to area businesses.

    For the second time in recent months, Kingston resident Doug Clark complained he had not

    seen official announcements of council meetings in the media, specifically the Roane County News.

    Clark said he believed if the notice did not appear, the meetings would be illegal in violation of the state Sunshine Law.

  • AARP driver course offered Aug. 10-11

    An eight-hour AARP driver safety class in Roane County next month offers area senior citizens a refresher course on driving and an update on rules of the road.

    The two-day AARP Smart Driver course will be from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 10-11 in Rockwood Community Center.

    Course participants will be taught to adjust to age-related physical changes; reduce incidents of violations and accidents; and update driving skills and rules of the road in a stress-free environment.