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  • Drug dealers may see jail time for role in overdose death cases

    Drug pushers could find themselves in trouble if someone overdoses on the drugs they sell.

    The 9th Judicial District Drug Task Force met in Kingston on Monday. During the meeting, District Attorney General Russell Johnson told the officers in the room that prosecuting people who supply the drugs in overdose cases has become a focus for his office.

  • Knox mom takes children to fight in Roane

    Two Knoxville women are facing charges in connection with a fight that occurred in Rockwood last week.

    Rockwood Police Officer Charles Haubrich responded to the incident at 501 North Wilder Ave. According to his report, Jennifer Wilds showed up at Joyce Reno’s residence to have her 12-year-old daughter fight Reno’s 15-year-old daughter. The hostility had to do with an iPhone and derogatory statements that were made on social media.

  • Knox mom takes children to fight in Roane

    Two Knoxville women are facing charges in connection with a fight that occurred in Rockwood last week.

    Rockwood Police Officer Charles Haubrich responded to the incident at 501 North Wilder Ave. According to his report, Jennifer Wilds showed up at Joyce Reno’s residence to have her 12-year-old daughter fight Reno’s 15-year-old daughter. The hostility had to do with an iPhone and derogatory statements that were made on social media.

  • Rockwood codes help ISO rating

    When thinking of a city’s Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating most people think of fire safety ratings.

    Rockwood recently showcased how their building codes can play a role as well with an announcement from ISO that the city had improved their building code effectiveness grading classification from a 9 to a 4 in both one and two family residential properties as well as for commercial and industrial properties as well.

    “I was quite enthusiastic to see that rating,” said Building Inspector Harold Ishman.

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  • Nelson Farms not kidding with dairy goat successes

    What happens when you combine a love for God, family, farming, business, and arts and crafts?

    For Pine Orchard’s Jamie and Amy Nelson, the result is a thriving business, Nelson Farms.

    The Nelsons were married in 1996, but the concept of the business didn’t start until the birth of their son Nate 12 years ago.

    It was at that time that Amy wanted to combine the self-sufficiency aspect of farming with ways to make life better for Nate.

  • Bassett, Edwards selected as new assistant district attorneys

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson has added two new assistant district attorney generals to his staff.

    One of the hires is Jed Bassett, a Texas native who played college football at the University of Kentucky.

    “He has SEC (Southeastern Conference) roots, but unfortunately they’re in the Blue Grass state,” Johnson joked.

    Bassett replaced Barry Carrier, who resigned and took a job with the 2nd Judicial District.

    “Jed will be handling criminal court in Loudon County and Meigs County,” Johnson said.

  • Saving Private Ryan showing at Princess Theatre

    Roane State Community College’s Arts and Lectures Committee invites you to a history lecture and viewing of Saving Private Ryan, 1998, rated R.

    Both critically acclaimed and highly successful, this WWII film is set in Normandy and features an all-star ensemble playing American soldiers on a heartwarming mission to rescue an American GI.

    The film stars Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Ed Burns, Adam Goldberg, Vin Diesel and Matt Damon.

    Admission to the showing is free. Donations are gladly accepted. Concessions will be for sale, cash or check only.

  • Heavy rains keep crews busy

    Heavy rains have cause flooding around Roane County, including a washed out culvert in Harriman that trapped residents in their neighborhood.

    Crews from the county road department and emergency services went door to door to advise residents of the neighborhood on Allison Drive that they would not be able to pass through until the road is fixed.

    Road Superintendant Dennis Ferguson said that an unusually high water flow washed out the dirt and gravel surrounding the pipe, weakening the road bed and posing a potential danger to vehicles passing above.

  • County cuts Child Advocacy funding

    The days of the Child Advocacy Center receiving a $25,000 donation from Roane County are over.

    The center received $6,000 during the 2016-17 fiscal year and is slated to receive $3,000 during the current fiscal year.  

    Chris Evans, the executive director of the Child Advocacy Center, isn’t happy about the decrease.