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  • Inmate breaks out of Morgan prison

    An inmate at the Morgan County Correctional Complex was able to break out of the secure part of the facility.

    The incident happened earlier this month, but Tennessee Department of Correction officials didn’t issue a press release about it until Friday.

    The inmate was identified as Robert Fusco.

  • Police say man kidnapped wife

    A man is facing charges for allegedly kidnapping a Rockwood woman last week.

    According to the report, Don Wyrick contacted authorities Wednesday morning because his niece, Kimberly Webb, didn’t show up for work.

    “Mr. Wyrick said he was afraid that her husband Thaddeus Webb had kidnapped her due to his behavior in the past couple of months,” Rockwood Police Officer Blake Norman said in his report.

  • DUI gets teacher a school warning

    Special education teacher Michael P. Neal received a warning from school officials following his New Year’s Eve arrest.

    “On Jan. 3, 2018, Roane County School System received a complaint regarding your recent charges of leaving the scene, driving under the influence and immediate notice of accident,” Roane County Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins wrote in a Jan. 3 letter to Neal.


    A colorful cast of Rockwood’s more fascinating characters will come alive in March at a celebration marking the city’s first 150 years.

    “This area became Rockwood on March 11, 1868. So the weekend of March 10-11, we have an event planned for the whole weekend,” said Leanne Malicoat, assistant principal at Rockwood High School.

    “So if you want to know how we got our name and how March 11 is our birthday, you need to come, because it is a really interesting story,” she added.

  • Hiding behind mattress no foil for deputies

    A Harriman man who reportedly tried to hide behind a mattress was unsuccessful in avoiding capture on Monday.

    Deputies found Jamie Lamar Reno and charged him with resisting arrest and criminal trespass. The report also said Reno, 39, was wanted for failure to appear.

    A 21-year-old woman with a Grandview address, Alisha Nicole Ledford, was also arrested.

    According to the report, deputies with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office responded to 119 Allison Cove Drive to investigate a report about people trespassing in a vacant home.

  • TN Together takes aim at opioid crisis

    Joined by leadership from the House and Senate and Chief Justice Jeff Bivins, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam on Monday announced an aggressive and comprehensive plan to end the opioid epidemic in Tennessee.

    TN Together, a multi-faceted initiative, will focus on prevention, treatment and law enforcement in addressing the issue of opioid addiction through legislation, proposed funding in the governor’s 2018-19 budget and executive actions.

  • Armes gets 366 days for duping gov’t

    The scheme Joseph Armes II orchestrated to defraud the federal government has garnered him 366 days in prison.

    U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Phillips sentenced the Morgan County businessman on Monday at the federal courthouse in Knoxville.

  • 30 die from overdoses in 2017

    The drug overdose problem plaguing Roane County showed little signs of slowing down in 2017.

    “I think it’s always surprising, even if you expect it,” said Sarah Harrison, executive director of the Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition.

    According to figures provided by Roane County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Boduch, there were 31 drug overdose deaths in Roane County in 2016.

    Last year, there were 30.

  • Emory Golf manager pitches driving range

    A driving range has potential to draw more golfers to the Emory Golf Course if golf course manager Jacob Bennett’s proposal to lease a portion of the golf course comes to fruition.