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  • Criminal negligence alleged in child’s death

    Parents of a 14-month- old who drowned while bathing with his sibling have been indicted by a Roane County grand jury for criminally negligent homicide.
    Jackson Dean Gregory died on Nov. 11 in East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Knoxville.
    District Attorney Russell Johnson said both Jami and Crystal Reagan Gregory of Harriman left their children alone during bathtime, which led to the child’s death.
    “She put the 1-year-old in the bathtub with the 2-year-old,” Johnson said.

  • E-911 worker retires to take up sewing

     

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  • Rain pounds region

    Heavy rains wreaked havoc across Roane County Monday, leaving flooded roads and homes, mudslides and accidents throughout the day.

    Emergency crews were dispatched to a wreck on Lawnville Road around 4:30 p.m.

    Dispatch said there was a vehicle wrapped around a tree with people inside.  

    Emergency personnel were kept busy assisting people out of their homes as rising flood waters trapped them inside.

    An emergency shelter was opened at Roane State Community College for people who evacuated.

  • Federal aid iffy after severe stroms

    Monday’s bad weather is unlikely to produce a federal disaster declaration for the state, according to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.

    “We get damage assessments from all the counties,” spokesman Jeremy Heidt said. “They’re doing that right now, but based on what we’re getting reported, it does not seem that that is likely to happen.”

    A disaster declaration could make counties eligible for federal assistance.

  • Rockwood to address sewage plant violations

    Rockwood officials say they are  ready to move forward with meeting the requirements of a state order that came down last month regarding issues at the Rockwood wastewater treatment plant.

    Those issues include illegal discharges and failing to turn in paperwork in a timely manner.

    Engineer Mike MacIndoe of Fulghum MacIndoe & Associates met with the Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas officials last Tuesday to discuss the next steps.

  • Residents and city officials grumble about condition of county property

    Overgrown conditions at a residential county-owned property in Harriman has one neighbor miffed.

    The resident complained last week to Harriman City Council that he finds it hypocritical for the county to not maintain its property at 420 Clifty St. while arresting others for the same thing.

    Helen Hayes was jailed by the county in recent months for failing to clean up her Bluff Road property.

    According to information at www.assessment.state.tn.us, Roane County owns four properties on the street, including 420 Clifty St.

  • Rockwood may redo water board

    Could Rockwood leaders appoint a new Water, Natural Gas and Sewer Board merely months after disbanding one?

    That’s among the hot-button topics on the Rockwood City Council agenda today.

    Also up for discussion is the evaluation of applications to fill the general manager’s position for the three city-operated utilities.

  • Meth lab cleanup could be going up

    The cost to clean up meth labs could fall on local governments.

    “There’s no more grant money,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said last week.

    Tommy Farmer, director of the Tennessee Meth Task Force, said the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration had been providing state and local law enforcement agencies with the funding to clean up methamphetamine labs.

    Farmer said that money has now gone away.