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  • Suspect slugs officer

    Rockwood Police Officer Charles Haubrich was reportedly hit in the head while attempting to make an arrest last Friday morning.

    The incident started in the 200 block of Bates Street just after 2 a.m.

    “I saw a white male walking down the street toward me,” Haubrich said in his report. “I stopped and got out with the subject, who identified himself as Steven Bailey.”

    Haubrich said he was familiar with Bailey because he’s arrested him before on theft and drug charges.

  • Harriman man jailed on felony meth charge

    From staff reports

    A Harriman man was arrested on a charge of manufacture/delivery/sale or possession of methamphetamine in the early morning hours of May 1.

    In addition to that felony charge, Anthony Eugene Davis, 212 Morning Drive, was also charged with simple possession or casual exchange and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    At around 3 a.m. Harriman Officer Tommy Lynn Capps reported observing a Chevrolet van traveling south on Roane Street with no functioning tag lights, which netted a written warning.

  • Thieves burn stolen vehicle

    A Rockwood woman’s car was found burned in Cumberland County last month.

    Amanda Thurman reported her 2011 Toyota was stolen from her yard around 1:15 a.m. on April 19.

    Rockwood Police Officer Jared Hall responded to investigate.

    “She said it was last seen about 12:30 a.m. this morning,” Hall’s report said. “The car had kids clothing, a car seat, work clothes and a Garmin GPS.”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Rockwood High School score: girls 12, boys 1!

    Gentle Reader, last week’s column was written as a result of a letter from Mr. Paul Kamikawa defending Rockwood High School from our criticism of their poor performance in the most recent ACT test results.

    After a lengthy commentary concerning this situation we brought out another disturbing performance as described in the following paragraph, which we quote as it was published:

  • Grand ladies honored at Courthouse Gala

    History buffs and elected officials gathered in Kingston last weekend to help the Roane County Heritage Commission celebrate the 14th annual Gala for the historic Roane County Courthouse.

    The primary goal of the evening event was to raise funds to keep the old courthouse — one of only a half dozen pre-Civil War courthouses left in the state — open to the public.

    “It takes a lot of hard work keeping this building standing,” said Master of Ceremonies Bruce Cantrell.

  • Fugitive leads authorities on three-county chase

    An alleged fugitive from Knox County led officers on a three-county chase Monday, which ended when the suspect’s car overturned on Hwy. 62.

    Oliver Springs police were alerted Monday about an alleged kidnapping and domestic assault, which had been reported at the Marathon Station.

    There, an unidentified female reportedly told employees that she was being kidnapped.

    The suspect, James Hendon, 50, no address available, attempted to “get at” the female, according to a report given to Oliver Springs Police Chief Kenneth Morgan.

  • Consolidation back on, OS and Midway to stay open

    Harriman High School, Roane County High School and Rockwood High School would close under a scenario approved by the Roane County Board of Education on Wednesday.

    By an 8-1 vote, the board approved a plan to build a new consolidated high school for those students. Midway High School and Oliver Springs High School will remain open under the plan.

  • Consolidation back on, OS and Midway to stay open

    Harriman High School, Roane County High School and Rockwood High School would close under a scenario approved by the Roane County Board of Education on Wednesday.

    By an 8-1 vote, the board approved a plan to build a new consolidated high school for those students. Midway High School and Oliver Springs High School will remain open under the plan.

  • Two hurt in Rockwood shooting

    Rockwood police were investigating a shooting Tuesday morning.

    “We have two subjects who were injured,” said Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett.

    The identities of the two white males involved were not known at press time Tuesday.

    The police chief said one suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen while the other had either a gunshot or knife wound to the hand.

    Both were taken by ambulance to an area hospital.

  • 18-year-old charged with sex crime on school bus

    The Rockwood teen accused of sexually assaulting another student on a Roane County school bus was arrested on Friday.

    Guy William Hart, 18, is charged with sexual battery. The alleged crime occurred on April 19.

    A report filed in the case said the alleged victim had to sit beside Hart on the school bus because it was full.

    Hart is accused of touching her inappropriately multiple times during the ride.