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  • Rockwood mayor: ‘Nobody any more fair than we are’

    Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller wants citizens to know that he and City Council members are “more than fair.”

    He was responding to allegations made by Rockwood resident Roberta Dennis at last week’s regular monthly council meeting when he said that “there is nobody any more fair than we are.”

  • Meeting the new police chief


    CINDY SIMPSON/Roane Newspapers
    New Harriman Police Chief Derek Pacifico, left, meets with Harriman City Councilman Chris Ahler during last week’s meeting. It was Pacifico’s first meeting with officials since City Manager Kevin Helms selected him to lead the department. Pacifico officially starts on Oct. 17.

  • Suit: Judge hopeful posed as lawyer

    One of the candidates for Harriman city judge has been accused in a federal lawsuit of posing as an attorney and pretending to represent a murder suspect on his pending case.

    James Patrick Henry was formerly employed as a detective with Monroe County. A malicious prosecution lawsuit filed in 2013 by John Edward Dawson Jr. alleges Henry and others pretended to represent him, fabricated evidence, coerced witnesses and submitted perjured evidence in the case involving the 2006 homicide of Troy Green, whose body was found in Roane County.


    Monday was a big day for Carmichael Park in Oliver Springs, as it was a day that a new United States flag was presented and the park also received a Civil War marker in memory of Moses Naff.

    “It’s a real nice occasion,” said Julia Daniel, president of the Mayme Carmichael School Organization. “It’s beautiful everything that has taken place.”

    Carmichael Park sits on property that was once the home of the Oliver Springs Colored School. The Park is named after the school’s beloved teacher, Mayme Carmichael.

  • Explosives found at Poplar Creek; resident charged

    Explosive devices were reportedly discovered at a home on Poplar Creek Road Tuesday night.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said the devices along with a shotgun were found during the execution of a search warrant.

    “We had to call the Knox County Bomb Squad to come down,” he said.

    Phillips said Lewis Travis Seeber, 29, is facing charges in the incident. He was booked into the Roane County Jail just before midnight.

    His charges include unlawful possession of a firearm and simple possession.

  • Suiting up as clown? Be prepared to stop

    People out in public dressed up as clowns are subject to being stopped and questioned by police.

    “If you look at somebody who is dressed as a clown and they’re of adult height or teenage, then we’re probably going to talk to them and check them,” Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright said.

    Clown sightings have prompted multiple calls to Roane County E-911 lately.

    Wright said he responded to one on North Patton Avenue Wednesday afternoon.

  • Police looking into damage to Clinton sign

    The Rockwood Police Department is investigating the defacement of a Hillary Clinton presidential campaign sign posted on North Gateway Avenue.

    Bob Cowan, chairman of the Roane County Democratic Party, surveyed the damaged sign on Tuesday.

    “Looks like some of the deplorables got out,” he said.

    The sign was spray-painted with white and red paint with messages reading “Killery” and the word “Hell.”

  • New chief no stranger to Harriman

    A retired San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office sergeant has been offered the job of Harriman Police Chief.

    Derek Pacifico retired from the California agency after 22 years of service. He now lives in Knoxville with his wife and two college-aged children.

    “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to serve the people of Harriman and Roane County,” Pacifico said Monday.

  • Clown costume trouble for man

    Clowning around didn’t end well for a Morgan County man last week.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office incident report, 28-year-old Jonathan Edward Hanson was dressed in a clown costume when deputies made contact with him on Emory Heights Road.

    They checked his identification and discovered he had a bench warrant out of Morgan County. Hanson was arrested and taken to the Roane County Jail.

  • Gone, but not FORGOTTEN

    Last week’s Candlelight Service at the Roane County Jail was sobering in more ways than one.

    It was both a celebration for those in recovery from substance abuse, as well as a commemoration for others who lost the battle, and was appropriately held in September, which is national recovery month.

    More than a dozen jail ministry volunteers met in the inmate yard area of the Jail on Friday evening, and participated in a series of somber yet encouraging ceremonies that included almost every inmate housed at the center.