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  • Middle College Graduation Day
  • Tiger Haven shooting charge dismissed

    Toby Rhynehart no longer stands accused of firing a rifle at Tiger Haven.

    The felony reckless endangerment charge he faced over a May 2013 shooting incident has been dismissed by prosecutors.

    “I was innocent,” he said last week.

    Tiger Haven, a sanctuary in East Roane County that houses tigers, lions, leopards and other big cat breeds, abuts Rhynehart’s 114-acre farm. He and other neighbors have been at odds with Tiger Haven for years, claiming the facility is a nuisance and unsafe.

  • Roane County crash claims the life of Florida man

    A Florida man was killed in a car accident on Hwy. 27 Sunday morning. Trooper Gary Snow investigated the crash for the Tennessee Highway Patrol. The deceased was identified as 82-year-old Henry Grandon Howard of Casselberry, Fla.

    The report said his Toyota Corolla was rear-ended by a Dodge pickup truck driven by Jeffrey D. Walters of Rockwood.

    For more on this story, read Wednesday’s edition of the Roane County News.

  • ASSESSOR RACE

    The purpose of Thursday’s Roane County Tea Party forum was for voters to get acquainted with the candidates for property assessor.

    It wasn’t about launching attacks.

    That’s why Tea Party Chairman Val McNabb had to step in a few times when things started to head in that direction.

    “This is just an introduction of who the candidates are,” he said. “It’s not a crucifixion of any of the candidates.”

  • Obama commutes Harriman man’s sentence

    Madie Love received her Mother’s Day gift early this year.

    She learned late last week that her son, Trevis Love, is one of 58 federal prisoners who saw their sentence commuted by President Barack Obama on Thursday.

    “It is the best Mother’s Day present any mom can get,” she said Friday morning. “We are just waiting for Sept. 2. He’ll be home for good.

    “The Love family is overwhelmed with joy,” she added, “We just thank God Almighty. We are grateful, and we are blessed,” she said.

  • Longtime road worker terminated

    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson provided little information on the April 28 dismissal of longtime Road Department employee Jimmy Henry.

    May 20 would have marked 31 years that Henry worked for the Roane County Road Department.

    A review of Henry’s personnel file on Thursday didn’t reveal any reasons about why he was fired.

    Ferguson was brief when asked about the matter.

    “His services were just no longer needed,” he said.

    Henry described how Ferguson gave him the news.

  • 12-year-old’s bravery applauded

    Last Tuesday was more than the celebration of Lexi Storey’s 12th birthday.

    Harriman American Legion members and others in the community also gathered to celebrate the strength of Lexi, who awoke on April 29 to find her mother unconscious and not breathing.

    Lexi’s mother, Stephanie Gibson, died later that day.

  • New attorney for mom accused of starving son

    Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton appointed Knoxville attorney Wesley Stone to represent Amanda Dotson in her first-degree murder case.

    The order was signed on Friday.

    She was previously represented by the 9th Judicial District Public Defender’s Office, but the office backed out in March because of a conflict.

    Amanda and Matthew Dotson face first-degree murder charges in Roane County Criminal Court for the death of their 2-year-old son, Clifford.

    He was allegedly starved to death.

  • Coffee break turns into shoplifting bust

    Two detectives with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office busted an alleged shoplifter at Kroger on Monday.

    Detective Jason Mynatt said he and Detective Emily Ciaravino were at the Starbucks inside the supermarket when he saw Marty Robinson walking around.

    “Your affiant (Mynatt) noticed that Mr. Robinson was concealing something under the shirt,” the report said.

    “Your affiant and Detective Ciaravino approached Mr. Robinson, identified themselves as law enforcement officers and requested that he stop.”

  • Field of DREAMS

    Turning the master plan for the Swan Pond Sports Complex from a vision into a reality is going to require years of work, lots of funding and some tough choices, according to county leaders.

    The original plan developed by TVA includes multiple baseball, softball and soccer fields along with other amenities.

    Proponents of the facility have pitched the complex as an important addition to the Roane County community that could stimulate the growth of restaurants and hotels.