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  • 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.

  • OS fire chief dies three days after retiring

    Oliver Springs Fire Chief Terry Phillips died Sunday — only three days after stepping down from his position.

    Phillips, 60, had been fire chief since 1994, following his father, Carlis, who had held the same position since the 1970s.

    “He had been a member of the department since 1974, ever since he responded to a fire with his dad,” said Assistant Chief Justin Bailey, who is serving as interim chief.

    Phillips had been “in and out of illness” for some time, Bailey confirmed.

  • The power of partnerships between state and Roane
  • Kingston has a blast on the Fourth
  • Fourth Fun
  • Premier Sharp aids Historical Society

    A usually somber Premier Sharp Funeral Home turned festive recently after opening its doors to history enthusiasts with a fundraiser for the Oliver Springs Historical Society.

    “They just did it for us to help get the theater part finished in our museum. We are just thrilled to death. They did an outstanding job,” said society member Pat Crowe.

    “Sharp Funeral Home has really went above and beyond,” she added.

  • 58 Landing pavilion ready for Fourth crowd

    Kingston’s 58 Landing pavilion was completed Thursday – just in time for the July Fourth activities. 

    It has a roomy overhang, and also features restrooms for both men and women.