Local News

  • Woman found guilty of purse theft at church on Easter Sunday

    A woman was convicted of felony theft in Roane County Criminal Court on Thursday.

    Assistant District Attorney General Bob Edwards said the jury took less than an hour to find Cortney Armour guilty.

    She’s scheduled to be sentenced later this year.

    “We got a conviction for what we charged, so that’s always good,” Edwards said.

    The incident happened on Easter Sunday 2014 at Emory Heights Baptist Church in Harriman.

    Edwards said the victim, Shirley Bullard, had her purse stolen by Armour.

  • Smoot attorney files notice for expert witness

    Assistant District Attorney General Tiffany Smith accused defense attorney Bob Jolley of trying to delay his client’s upcoming murder trial without actually asking for one.

    Jolley, who represents Shawn Smoot, filed a notice of intent to use an expert witness. Smith said her office didn’t receive the notice until late Thursday.

    “They’ve known for a year — over a year — that they may be using this person, and they wait until now to file the notice,” Smith told Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks on Friday.

  • Pair charged in crash

    An Oak Ridge driver and his passenger were arrested following a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 40 on July 4. It happened at the 352 mile marker.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 32-year-old Artaveus D. Dawson was behind the wheel of a 2005 Mercedes-Benz that wrecked shortly before midnight.

  • Rockwood bridge completed, to open soon

    The Manufacturers Road bridge to the Roane County Animal Shelter appears complete, and it should be open again soon.

    “We are going to try to have a ribbon cutting one day next week, if possible,” said Rockwood City Recorder Becky Ruppe.

    “Even though it is done, the concrete has to cure a few more days,” she added.

    The intersection of Manufacturers Road has been closed since this spring, when the replacement of the bridge began.

  • Officially retired from Oliver Springs

    Gary Samples never had a chance to build a tree house for his sons.

    But he’s more than making up for it with his great-nephew, Daniel.

    Samples recently completed construction on a stunning treehouse behind his home on Buck Creek Road near Kingston.

    “I’ve got two boys, and I never did it for them,” Samples said. “I did everything I could for them — but they played sports a lot, and that kept us busy.”

  • Felon blows 2nd chance, gets 17 years

    A Rockwood man didn’t take advantage of his break, and now he’s facing years in prison.

    According to the District Attorney General’s Office, Alex Shane Watts was convicted in May on seven counts of felony burglary, five counts of felony theft, one count of felony vandalism and several misdemeanors.

  • No one exempt from rate increase

    Rockwood water customers will likely see at least a 2-percent rate increase this summer.

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas Manager Kim Ramsey said she plans to recommend a rate increase between 2 and 2 1/2 percent to the board.

    “The board will have to consider it, and then it will go to City Council for two readings,” Ramsey explained. “They have to pass it by ordinance.”

  • Armes killer denied parole

    Frank McCall, the man convicted and sentenced to life in prison for killing Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Dennis Armes during a traffic stop on Hwy. 58 in 1983, will spend at least four more years behind bars.

    A state parole board has denied McCall’s request for parole, citing the severity of the crime, said Christina Armes Zerod, daughter of the slain deputy.

  • Roane man in court on firearms charges

    A Harriman man is scheduled to appear before a federal magistrate today – Wednesday – on firearms charges.

    Jesse Lee Duncan, 33, is charged with two counts of knowingly possessing a rifle with a barrel less than 16 inches in length not registered to him.

    He also faces one count of knowingly possessing a silencer not registered to him.

    A federal grand jury indicted Duncan on the charges on June 7. His initial appearance and arraignment at the federal courthouse in Knoxville is set for 1:30 p.m.