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  • Rockwood rounds up suspects on drug charges

    By CHERYL DUNCAN

    cduncan@roanecounty.com

    Rockwood police spent the better part of the weekend rounding up and arresting almost 50 people suspected of selling and distributing drugs.

    The arrests are the culmination of a six-month undercover operation in which Josh Rymer, drug investigator for the Rockwood Police Department, worked with a confidential informant, said Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett.

    A Roane County grand jury returned true bills in the cases late last week.

  • Hit-and-run driver surrenders to police

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    A Kingston man indicted on a vehicular homicide charge in the January death of a Harriman woman is free on bond.

    Charles Wayne Crass, 56, of 301 Orchard View Road, was released at about 6:15 p.m. Thursday, said Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle.

    “He turned himself in last night,”  Heidle said Friday morning.

    Crass is accused of striking 33-year-old Elishea Gilreath with his vehicle on Harriman’s Emory Road.

  • Cleanup may lead to prosperity in Rockwood

    By CHERYL DUNCAN

    cduncan@roanecounty.com

    For the first time in decades, workers are on site at the old Roane Alloys property in the Roane County Industrial Park in Rockwood.

    This time around, however, workers are in the midst of undoing damage the former industry inflicted on the land and an adjoining body of water.

    But officials are confident that the cleaned-up property can again be used to generate jobs in the Tennessee Valley.

    “It will be an attractive site for business and industry,” said Rockwood Mayor James Watts.

  • Star shining brightly for Stan

    By CHERYL DUNCAN

    cduncan@roanecounty.com

    Rockwood’s “star on the mountain” is shining brightly over the city in hopes of a miracle.

    Rockwood Electric Utility turned on the gigantic lighted star atop Mount Roosevelt on Wednesday to remind the public to keep ailing Rockwood City Councilman Stan Wassom in their thoughts and prayers, said Vice Mayor Peggy Evans.

  • Fostering kindness: Payback time sweet on farm

    By TERRI LIKENS

    tlikens@roanecounty.com

    After fostering about 200 children over 40 years, Flo Charles admits there have been times she wondered if it was worth it.

    Those doubts may have been a little more frequent after her beloved husband, Clarence, died suddenly early last year.

    She still had four foster children at home, a pretty 137-acre farm to care for, hayfields to mow, cattle to feed and a house that had sustained the kind of abuse that only a small army of children can dish out.

  • Harriman's sweet tooth gets expanded options

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Pattycake Pastries is flourishing — so much so that the owner is adding a doughnut shop.

    The shop will include a variety of pastries and specialty flavored coffees.

    “Pattycake Pastries is expanding for the demand of the community with a doughnuts shop,” said owner Mike Borman.

    The shop will hold a grand opening on Feb. 19 at 9 a.m.

    If it is anything like the Pattycake grand opening last November, expect lines at the door.

  • Teacher's incest case revisited

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen denied Kevin Spurling’s request for judicial diversion in October 2008.

    Judicial diversion allows a person to go through probation, and upon its successful completion, have the crime they are convicted of erased from their record.

    Spurling is a former school teacher in Knox County. He was indicted in February 2006 for statutory rape and incest. The Roane County victim was his then 14-year-old stepdaughter.

  • Fingerpointing begins on Rose Circle mess

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    South of the River Constable Butch Barding suspects officials may have been playing politics with a junkyard case.

    Roane County accused James and Patricia Woods and Dean and Nola Howard of operating a junkyard at 123 Rose Circle.

    The county filed its complaint against the property owners in July 2006, but the case didn’t get settled until last week.  

  • UPDATE: Police arrest husband in honeymoon murder case

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    A man accused of killing his wife while honeymooning in Pigeon Forge is in custody at the Sevier County Jail. Pigeon Forge Police Chief Jack Baldwin said Brian L. Umphrey was captured by Athens police Tuesday afternoon.

    Umphrey, 34, has been charged with first-degree murder. He's accused of killing Cassandra M. Petry of Rockwood. Pigeon Forge police discovered her body in a motel Monday night. Police said Petry, 36, appeared to had been stabbed.

  • Constable race might be moot

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Ten people have picked up petitions to run for constable positions in the August election, according to the Roane County Election Commission Web site.

    Their campaigns could be a waste of time if the county commission follows through with a referendum on constables.