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  • 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.

  • EYES on the BALL
  • McCarroll killer at large a year later

    More than a year later, authorities are still searching for answers in the killing of Harriman native Jerry Lynn “Pete” McCarroll.

    “Tips have come in,” Ninth Judicial District Attorney General Russell Johnson said Monday. “We still care about finding the missing pieces of the puzzle. We have met with the family [several times] to update them, but have not found any one suspect.”

    McCarroll, 72, lived in neighboring Coalfield with his wife, Erma, up until his April 18, 2016, killing.

  • Brown determined to break cycle

    The latest Roane County Recovery Court graduate is continuing his work to stay sober after graduation.

    Dillon Brown graduated late last month, and he’s now off to True Purpose in Indiana to continue treatment.

    “Honestly at first I wasn’t going to try it (drug court.) My grand scheme was to skip the state. I had never tried to get sober all my life. I felt I ought to try it at least,” said Brown.

    One of his biggest advocates was his attorney Will Wooten.

  • Harriman police burglary sting nabs seven

    Harriman Police Department netted seven arrests in an operation to find suspects behind a rash of burglaries between March 23-April 3.

    “We realized it was serial burglaries and it was connected to several parts of our town,” said Detective Sgt. Kent Warren about the operation, which police dubbed “Cash Me Outside.”

    “They were targeting outbuildings and vehicles on residential property, and they stole tools, personal property in storage and lawn and garden equipment.”

  • Gunfire called ‘act of intimidation’

    The terrifying sound of gunfire startled residents near Roberts Street in Harriman Saturday night, but fortunately no one was hurt.

    Harriman Police Department are investigating the incident, which happened around the 200 block of Roberts Street.

    “It was some sort of argument. According to witnesses, the shots were all fired up into the air,” said Detective Kasey Mynatt.

    No shots were fired by police, who were responding to a “shots fired” call.