Local News

  • Jury finds Bradley County man guilty of kidnapping, assault in Rockwood

    Prosecutors in District Attorney General Russell Johnson’s Criminal Court Division obtained a conviction on Thursday against a Bradley County man with charges arising from a 2016 kidnapping and aggravated assault incident in Rockwood.

    After a two-day long trial, Curtis Matthew “Matt” Stegall, 34, was convicted of attempted especially aggravated kidnapping (B Felony), attempted aggravated assault (D Felony), attempted assault (B Misdemeanor), domestic assault (A Misdemeanor) and aggravated assault (C Felony).

  • Trio indicted on charges related to home invasion

    Three men have been indicted on charges related to an Oct. 28, 2017, home invasion and robbery in Harriman.

    Jordan Taylor Crabtree, Rockwood, and Austin Kane Penley, Harriman, both 19, face counts of especially aggravated robbery, especially aggravated kidnapping (weapon and serious bodily injury), aggravated kidnapping (weapon), especially aggravated burglary, aggravated assault and theft of property $10,000 to $60,000.

    A cohort, Tommy Ray Pass, 54, was indicted on accessory after the fact and especially aggravated burglary in the case.

  • Brother killed in shooting

    A man was shot and killed by his brother Monday night.

    The incident happened at 119 Bass Lane, which is South of the River.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said an altercation between the brothers preceded the shooting.

    “They got into a fight, a scuffle,” Stockton said. “One of them allegedly picked up a stick, hit the other one or was going to hit the other one, and the other one shot him.”

    E-911 received a call about the shooting around 8:15 p.m.

  • 4 indicted in jail rape case

    The Roane County grand jury indicted four people last month for an alleged rape that occurred at the Roane County Jail.

    According to a warrant filed in the case, Amanda Ileen Brown and the alleged victim were inmates on Oct. 17, 2017.

    The warrant said the alleged victim was surrounded by other inmates in the upper level of the jail pod and was told by Brown that she had drugs inside her that she had to share.

  • Rockwood’s 150, and you’re invited to the party

    Rockwood’s 150th anniversary celebration will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

    Attractions at Rockwood High School and in the downtown area include music, food, tours, displays, games and family fun.

    Rockwood native Jason Eskridge will be the headliner.

    Visit rockwood150.org or call 354-0611 for details.

  • Lights. Camera. Cure!

    The Relay for Life of Roane County is kicking its fundraising efforts for the American Cancer Society into high gear as the Friday, April 20, Relay for Life event draws near.

    The organization is also hoping to continue to recognize more survivors with its annual survivor’s dinner.

    This year the survivors’ dinner is 6 p.m. April 5 at 241 W. Rockwood St., where the Rockwood Visitor Center and Museum is located.

  • Shots fired close to community center in Rockwood

    A Rockwood man was arrested Thursday for allegedly firing shots from inside a red station wagon.

    The incident happened near the Rockwood Community Center. No one was hurt, though police reported children running into the center after hearing the shots.

    When Rockwood Police Department Detective Dwayne Gray responded to investigate, he said he saw Jessie Eugene Man Soles in front of 806 N. Chamberlain Ave., yelling into his cellphone.