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  • Vandalism ‘rampage’ reported in Rockwood

    Four juveniles have been identified after “going on a rampage” in Rockwood Saturday night.

    Rockwood police said the vandals used spray paint to cause more than $3,000 worth of damage to city-owned and private property.

    Two of the juveniles are from Rockwood, and two live in Knoxville, said Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett on Wednesday.

    One of the Knoxville juveniles previously lived in Rockwood, too, he added.

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  • Body found at fire scene

    Roane County emergency personnel had found one body in a fire south of Rockwood and were still sifting through the ashes of the double wide modular home at 1137 Mountain View Road late Thursday morning.

    “We have the TBI, Bomb and Arson and our detectives on scene,” said Sheriff Jack Stockton.

    “We are treating it as a crime scene until the evidence proves differently.”

    The body, which Stockton said was still unidentified as of late Thursday morning, was found inside the modular home near stairs on the outside of the home.

  • Woody wants state to invest in Plateau Park

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody is pushing for the state to become an investor in Plateau Partnership Park.

    “If that park is going to amount to anything for the region, it’s going to have to have some substantial investment by the state,” Woody said.

    This September will mark 10 years since officials from Roane, Cumberland and Morgan counties held a ceremonial groundbreaking to revel in their investment in the park.

    Each county borrowed $2.5 million for the project, but that wasn’t nearly enough to make it viable.

  • More indictments against man sheriff calls ‘menace’

    Three more indictments were returned against Larry Matthew Adkisson last month.

    One charges him with aggravated burglary and theft of property from $10,000 to $60,000. The grand jury also returned an indictment charging Adkisson with aggravated burglary, theft of property $1,000 or less and vandalism $1,000 or less. Another indictment charges him with theft under $500 and forgery from $1,000 to $10,000.

    Adkisson, 52, was arraigned on the indictments on Feb. 27 in Roane County Criminal Court. Judge Jeff Wicks appointed attorney Jedidiah McKeehan to represent him.

  • Ex-Council hopeful pleads to charges

    Tyler Manning, a former candidate for Harriman City Council, pleaded guilty in Roane County Criminal Court last Friday to aggravated burglary and theft under $500.

    He was indicted on the charges last October.

    Manning was placed on supervised probation for three years.

    He was also ordered to pay $143.29 in restitution to victim Steve McKinney and make a $150 contribution to the fraud and economic crime fund.

    Manning declined to comment on the case, but said he’s gotten his life on the right track.

  • Eskridge performing at Princess

    Roane County’s Jason Eskridge and his band will perform in concert at the Princess Theatre on Saturday, March 25.

    Jason’s blend of jazz, blues, and soul is a treat for music lovers of all genres.

    Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Greenwood School Foundation.

    Eskridge is a native of Roane County who now regularly sells out in multiple venues in Nashville and the surrounding areas.

    Special guest Kyshona Armstrong promises to add to the excitement.

    Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the concert will begin at 8 p.m.

  • Burglary suspect held at gunpoint

    A suspected burglar was held at gunpoint by a Roane County couple Tuesday morning. Homer Parnell Fox, 41, is charged with theft of property under $1,000, aggravated burglary, burglary, burglary to a motor vehicle, vandalism under $500 and resisting arrest in the incident.

    According to the report, Judith Elrod was asleep in her 914 Webster Road residence when she heard loud noises coming from downstairs.

  • Fired road worker suing county

    Jim Henry, a former employee with the Roane County Road Department, is suing the county in federal court for $1 million.

    Henry, who lives in Monroe County, worked for the Road Department for nearly 31 years. Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson fired him last spring.

    “His services were just no longer needed,” Ferguson told the Roane County News about the firing shortly after it happened.

  • Avalon helps domestic abuse victims

    Domestic violence victims often take many attempts to finally leave their abusers.

    When Roane County victims decide to make that break, there is somewhere to go.

    Avalon Center, a domestic violence and sexual assault program founded in Cumberland County in 1984, has a shelter in nearby Cumberland County.

    The program also serves as advocates for neighboring counties that now include Roane.

    “We were getting a lot of calls from clients in this area,” said Rachel Bruning, Avalon executive director.