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  • Where the sauce is BOSS

    A crowd of barbecue enthusiasts converged on Roane County Park to support a good cause at last weekend’s Family Promise of Roane County BBQ Cook-off.

    An estimated $4,000 was raised to begin to house homeless families in Roane County through partnering with churches.

    “This is a worthy cause. Family Promise is a good thing, and it is a way to take care of people,” said Jeff Paris.

  • Sleeping man had shotgun, drugs

    A man found asleep behind the wheel of a car is facing felony charges after drugs and a sawed off shotgun were allegedly found in his possession.

    Peyton R. Jenkins, 20, is charged with manufacture, delivery, sale or possession of methamphetamine, prohibited weapons and possession of a weapon during a dangerous felony. All are felony charges.

    Jenkins also faces two misdemeanor counts of simple possession or casual exchange in the Aug. 15 incident.

  • $15,400 in cash, pills found in stop

    Harriman Police confiscated $15,400, and numerous pills of oxycodone and oxymorphone pills during a stop on Friday, Aug. 18.

    Around 4 p.m. that Friday, reporting officer Lt. Jarrod Whitson said he witnessed Clarence Cook beside a red Dodge truck and central dispatch confirmed Cook’s license was revoked. Cook was parked in the driveway of a residence on Oakdale Highway where police had received information Cook was trading methamphetamine or prescription pills for stolen items.

  • Harriman man nabbed on indictment for sex crimes

    Daniel Lee Goins, a 34-year-old Harriman man, is in trouble with the law for alleged sex crimes involving a minor.

    According to Roane County Criminal Court records, he’s charged with two counts of exploitation of a minor by electronic means. The alleged crimes occurred on June 1, 2016.

    The Roane County grand jury indicted Goins on June 19 of this year, and he was arrested on Aug. 9.

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  • Chairman campaign coming

    Roane County Commission Chairman Ron Berry may have competition if he seeks the post again next month.

    Commissioner James Brummett has announced he wants the position.

    “I believe we need a little more show of unity,” Brummett said. “We’ve got some real good people on County Commission. The potential is there. We just need to unify a little bit, I think.”

    Brummett served as chairman from 2010-15.

  • Pemberton remembered for serving spirit

    Purple Heart recipient and former Rockwood High School football coach Tom Pemberton passed away on Sunday. He was 93.

    “I can talk about him all day,” longtime friend J. Polk Cooley said. “He was a great person.”

    Pemberton and Cooley both graduated from Rockwood High School in 1943.

    “The day we walked up to get our diplomas, he was on a train headed to the Marine training base in San Diego, California, so his mother came up and got his diploma,” Cooley recalled.