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  • Man believed to overdose revived with Narcan

    Narcan may have again proved helpful in a Rockwood overdose. According to an incident report, police responded to an overdose at 400 E. Dunn St., on June 7 around noon.

    When they arrived, Deputy Chief John Mayes said Robert McArthur was unconscious and barely breathing. Mayes asked the people in the house what drugs McArthur may have taken and someone said Opana and heroin.

    “Knowing that both of these are opiates from my training as a drug recognition expert as well as my medical background, I made the decision to administer Narcan,” the report said.

  • Harriman selling fire truck to Roane County

    Harriman may have surplused a fire truck, but it isn’t going far and may still benefit the city today.

    Harriman City Council approved a proposal from Roane County to purchase fire engine three after the city voted to surplus it rather than pay for costly repairs.

    “Roane County EMA is here whenever we call. They come on scene with us. They are here fighting fires with us, whatever we need. So that engine will still be used a lot inside our city,” said Mayor Wayne Best.

  • Bible verse sets off husband

    A Rockwood woman told police her husband got physical with her after she quoted a Bible verse to him. The husband, Tony Jay Jolly, is facing a domestic assault charge in the incident.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Jared Hall responded to 516 W. Strang St., on June 5, to investigate a possible assault.

    “I spoke to Heather Jolly on the front porch who told me that it was just a simple argument between her and her husband,” the report said. “I noticed red marks on her chest and neck.”

  • Regents to meet at Roane State

    The Tennessee Board of Regents will be discussing a possible 2.6 percent increase in tuition and maintenance fees for the community colleges and Tennessee Schools of Applied Technology next week.

    The Tennessee Board of Regents will be at Roane State Community College next week, with committee meetings scheduled for Thursday, June 22, and the quarterly meeting of the Tennessee Board of Regents at 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 23.

  • Artificial turf, a pool and gyms

    Multiple gyms, a swimming pool, artificial turf football field and even a dedicated space for basketball officials. These are some of the athletic facilities that could be featured at a new high school the Roane County Board of Education is planning to build.

    Coaches and school administrators met with Lewis Group Architects at the school system’s bus garage on Wednesday to discuss what they’d like to see included in the plans.

  • Wire versus gun?

    Chancellor Frank V. Williams III has heard enough stories over the years to sense when something doesn’t sound logical. One such instance appeared to happen Monday when attorney Tom McFarland was explaining why his client, Tyler Overstreet, grabbed a piece of wire and entered a home on Lawson Mill Road last July.

    McFarland said Overstreet went in to defend his girlfriend, Wende Jones.

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  • Schoolmate hedges on claim of threat to kill

    A Harriman High School teen surprised prosecutors when he was noncommittal about what he heard regarding alleged threats Jacob Kinney made concerning MarStratton Gordon, the 23-year-old U.S. Army soldier who Kinney is accused of killing.

    During proceedings to determine if state witness Austin Quick could be treated as a hostile witness, Harriman Police Det. Kent Warren took the stand and said Quick had told him Kinney had said if Gordon did not stop abusing his sister he was going to kill him.

  • Teen to be tried as adult for murder

    A Harriman teenager accused of killing his sister’s boyfriend sat stoic on Wednesday when General Sessions Judge Terry Stevens transferred his case to Roane County Criminal Court.

    Jacob Kinney was 15 on Aug. 28, 2016, when he is accused of shooting MarStratton Gordon in the face while Gordon was visiting the Kinneys’ Byrd Street double-wide near downtown Harriman.

    The news came as a relief to Gordon’s family.

  • Teen murder suspect transferred to criminal court

    A 16-year-old boy charged with second-degree murder in the Aug. 28, 2016, shooting death of MarStratton Gordon will be facing those charges in Roane County Criminal Court.

    Judge Terry Stephens ruled that Jacob Kinney should be moved from Roane County Juvenile Court to Roane County Criminal Court at a hearing Wednesday, June 14.

    It’s a relief to the family of Gordon, who were in attendance.

    “It needs to be taken out of juvenile without getting a slap on the wrist,” said stepfather James Turner.