Local News

  • Police catch up to carjacking suspect

    The man suspected in a Tuesday morning carjacking was taken into custody late that afternoon.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said authorities arrested Joshua Redford at the Food City in Oak Ridge around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday.

    “He was probably high all day long,” Stockton said. “It appears that he was. He had drug paraphernalia and stuff with him when we captured him. He had his syringes and all that stuff.”

  • WWII veteran celebrates turning 101

    At 101 years old, Webster “Bud” Chapman” remembers clearly the day in November 1942 when his U.S. Army unit under the command of General George Patton landed on the shores of North Africa.

    The beach at Casablanca was defended by French and German troops. A German patrol boat captured his small unit shortly thereafter, but within three days the French and Germans had surrendered and he was released.

    “The Germans tried to make the French fight, but they didn’t want to fight,” he said.

  • Sign vandals strike at park

    Someone defaced a Hillary Clinton sign on the hill outside of Roane County Park.

    The man who put the sign there, Democrat and Clinton supporter Bob Cowan, said he has no plans to remove it, despite the black paint that was sprayed on both sides of the sign.

    Cowan said the way he sees it, the ones who don’t like Clinton may be less inclined to steal the sign with it defaced.

  • Woman dies in pickup accident

    A Harriman woman was killed in a single-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon. The accident happened in the southern part of the county on River Road.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol identified the deceased as Chalcy Hepp. She was 41.

    According to the report, she was traveling south on River Road in a 1998 Dodge pickup truck.

    “It left the roadway on the right side,” the report said. “Driver 1 (Hepp) then overcorrected, re-entered the roadway and while entering the roadway again, vehicle 1 (the pickup truck) started to spin.”

  • Police catch up to fleeing suspect

    An afternoon foot pursuit on Sept. 8 resulted in the arrest of a man reportedly wanted by authorities. Robert Homer Moore is charged with failure to appear, violation of probation and resisting arrest.

    According to the report, police received information that Moore was at 103 Kingwood St. and he had active warrants.

    “Upon arrival, officers made contact with Mr. Moore,” the report said.

    “Officers asked Mr. Moore to stop and he began to run from officers.

  • TVA holds annual Sept. 11 service

    TVA employees, local firefighters police officers, and many others gathered Monday to reflect and remember nearly 3,000 victims of the 9/11/2001 massacre.

    Monday’s event was held at the memorial location of the World Trade Center steel beam near the south entrance of the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant.

    Guest speaker Richard Garza, TVA Veterans Chapter president, outlined the tragedy for the crowd, revisiting the day 19 “militant Al Qaeda terrorists infiltrated our country.”


    The Roane County Commission took a step back in time Monday night, meeting in the historic old courthouse for the first time in more than 40 years.

    “Welcome to this great place that served the county for so many years,” Commission chairman Ron Berry announced to the slightly larger than usual number of visitors in the gallery.

  • Suspect wrecks, carjacks vehicle

    Police were looking for a carjacking suspect on Pickard Hollow Road Tuesday afternoon.

    The suspect, who was not identified or reported captured by press time, is believed to be the driver of a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am that was involved in a single-vehicle wreck on Old Harriman Highway.

    The crash was investigated by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. According to Trooper Gary Snow, there were three people in the vehicle when it wrecked around 7:45 a.m. Tuesday.  

  • Flattered customer drives off with Rocky Top nozzle

    Some people forget to close the door to their fuel tank after getting gas.

    On Tuesday morning, not only did Rose Collins forget to close the door, she also forgot to remove the gas pump nozzle.

    She pulled out of the Rocky Top Market on North Kentucky Street with the nozzle still in her fuel tank. She was stopped at a red light about to get on Interstate 40 when the motorist in the vehicle behind her alerted her to the situation. She then drove back to the Rocky Top to return the nozzle, which still had the hose attached to it.    

  • ‘Menace to society’ will remain in jail

    A man who claims he’s been victimized by Larry Matthew Adkisson doesn’t want to see him back on the street.

    “I sleep better when he’s in jail,” Daniel Pipes said.

    Jail is where Adkisson could be staying for a while. Ninth Judicial District Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks revoked his bond during a hearing in Loudon County last week.

    “He was already in custody, but with the revoked bond will remain in custody until trial,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.