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  • Interceptors to phase out Dodges in sheriff’s fleet

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office patrol cars are changing.

    The Dodge Chargers that deputies drive now are being phased out in favor of the Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles.

    “Hopefully they’ll hit the road in the next few weeks,” Sheriff Jack Stockton said about the Fords.

    “We’ve got all of our equipment ordered for them and everything.”

    The sheriff’s office has six of the new Fords, so some of the Chargers will remain on the road until more Fords are acquired to replace them.

  • Shooting death investigation underway in Harriman

    Harriman Police are investigating a shooting at 225 Harding Street that happened this morning, Saturday, Dec. 30.

    At this time Harriman Police Chief Derek Pacifico is not releasing the name of the victim until the next of kin is notified.

    "We have one decedent, a white male approximately 30 years old, who was shot at least one time with an unknown caliber weapon and who obviously died from those injuries," Pacifico said.

  • Best pleads guilty to robbing Knox bank

    Christopher Wayne Best, a 30-year-old Harriman man, pleaded guilty earlier this month to one count of bank robbery.

    The maximum punishment for the conviction is 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

    Best is scheduled to be sentenced on April 12 by Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan.

    The robbery took place on Oct. 23 at the Regions Bank at 7320 Chapman Hwy., Knoxville. Best signed a plea agreement that explains what happened.

  • Think it’s cold now?

    It was a blustery, cold Christmas weekend, and it looks like colder-than-normal temperatures will continue into the New Year.

    Saturday in particular, with its moderate winds, made the chill factor seem stronger.

    A sign at Pinnacle Pointe shopping center in Midtown came free during the gusts, which may have reached as high as 45 mph Saturday.

    “I definitely think based on some of the observations we saw in the area that gusts up to 45 mph seem reasonable,” said meteorologist Jeremy Buckles of the National Weather Service in Morristown.

  • OS Academy full STEAM ahead

    The first steps in making Oliver Springs a STEAM academy are starting to take shape after alumni and community members stepped up and raised $120,000 for new virtual reality technology for the school.

    Oliver Springs High School teachers will start lessons on how the technology works before school returns next semester.

  • Man accused of using social media to lure teen girl

    A Kingston man is accused of using Facebook Messenger to solicit sex from someone he thought was a 13-year-old girl.

    Jack L. Morton, 46, of 1200 Mobile Drive was arrested last month for solicitation of a minor and soliciting sexual exploitation of a minor by electronic means. He’s scheduled to appear in Roane County General Sessions Court on Feb. 6.

    The 13-year-old girl Morton thought he was interacting with was actually an adult working a sting for the 9th Judicial District Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force.

  • Rockwood police use Narcan to revive woman

    Rockwood police used Narcan to revive a suspected overdose victim earlier this month. The incident happened at 411 W. Rockwood St., on Dec. 15.

    “I observed a female unconscious on the living room floor with no pulse and not breathing,” Rockwood officer Blake Norman’s report said. “The female was turning blue.”

    Norman said he spoke with another woman in the apartment, who told him she thought the victim had consumed heroin or fentanyl.

  • Kingston Engine 3 in service
  • Is your volunteer a Star?

    Volunteer East Tennessee is looking for outstanding adult and youth volunteer nominations in Roane County as part of the 2018 Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards.

    The organization is coordinating nominations for Roane, Anderson, Blount, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe and Sevier counties.

    Nominations are due by Jan. 11 and can be submitted online by going to www.volunteeretn.org/VolunteerAwards.