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  • 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.

  • STORM COSTS ADDING UP

    Roane County will likely be declared a federal disaster area as a result of damage caused by the May 27 storm, officials said this week.

    The storm caused more than $1 million in damage to electrical lines, knocking out power to thousands and downing trees that damaged homes and blocked roads.

  • Teen may be tried as adult

    A Harriman teen may face a second-degree murder charge in adult court.

    Jacob Kinney is set to appear for a hearing to determine whether his case will remain in juvenile court or be tried as an adult in criminal court.

    “It is still set for Wednesday morning at 9 a.m.,” said District Attorney Russell Johnson of the hearing.

    If they are successful, Kinney will be transferred to adult court, Johnson said.

    Kinney was 15 when he shot and killed his sister’s boyfriend, 23-year-old MarStratton Gordon, on Aug. 28, 2016.

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