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Today's News

  • CONTROVERSIAL PLAQUES PLACED AT COURTHOUSE

    The exterior “In God We Trust” plaques the Roane County Commission approved last year have been installed at the courthouse.

    One is over the parking lot entrance. The other is over the doors on the Race Street side of the courthouse.

    The plaques were installed last weekend.

    The commission approved the “In God We Trust” plaques last July. It wasn’t without controversy, however.

    Commissioner Randy Ellis was accused of playing politics by some of his fellow commissioners.

  • Shot violation of policy, not law

    The District Attorney General’s Office has determined Kingston Police Department Investigator Keith Kile didn’t do anything to warrant prosecution when he fired a warning shot into the ground during a foot pursuit on March 13.

    However, he did run afoul of the rules of the department.

  • Thefts empty Roane accounts

    Many Roane County residents have suffered a recent financial shock.

    Many have noticed fraudulant purchases, often in large or multiple amounts, on credit or debit accounts.

    “I told Sgt. (Kelly) Pittman this morning it is someone walking around with a skimmer,” theorized Rockwood Animal Control Officer Mark Neeley, who lost $847 from his account just a day after pay day.

    Skimmers are devices that can steal personal information from cards.

  • Police pick up roaming tot

    A toddler was found wandering in the middle of the road on Vera Street in Kingston Thursday morning.

    According to a report on the incident, Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam was driving on Vera Street when he saw the toddler.

    She was wearing only a T-shirt and diaper.

    Washam summoned Assistant Chief Gary Nelson to the scene. Nelson said he recognized the child.

    “I had seen her before at 248 Vera St., so we headed to that address,” the report said.

  • Retired but not gone
  • House fire makes run up Walden Ridge

    When Harriman Fire Department responded to a Tuesday structure fire on Bazel Road, firefighters also had to tackle a brush fire that spread into the surrounding woods on Walden Ridge.

    Fueled by dried kudzu growing in the area, those flames soon spread over a large area of the ridge.

    “It was definitely over a hundred acres,” said Jason O’Shell with the Tennessee Division of Forestry, who was at the scene of the brush fire.

    “I reported it to my supervisor as 150.”

  • THE $50-MILLION QUESTION: Who bought the winning Powerball ticket in Harriman?

    Roane County’s biggest game changer has nothing to do with brackets, college basketball or March Madness.

    The mystery, however, does involve a ball. And it holds the power to be a life changer.

    Who bought the winning $50 million Powerball ticket in Harriman?

    As of Tuesday morning, the winner had yet to come forward to claim what Tennessee Lottery officials say is the third-largest prize in the state’s lottery history.

    The business that sold the ticket, however, is a mystery no more.

  • Ex-wife on mend; former cop held

    Dispatchers could hear a woman screaming and what sounded like gunshots on the other end of a Saturday 911 call that led to an hours-long standoff with police.

    Jeremy Alexander Gambrell, 41, 321 Dyllis Road, has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault after an incident in which he is accused of shooting his ex-wife multiple times in the chest outside her home at 142 Bridges Drive.

    Gambrell, a former Lenoir City and TVA law-enforcement officer, was still listed in custody at the Roane County Jail as of Tuesday morning.

  • Bazel Road house fire out; brush fire up to 500 acres

    Firefighters from throughout Roane County have worked most of Tuesday afternoon to extinguish a brush fire that's affecting up to 500 acres and spread into neighboring Morgan County.

    Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss confirmed late Tuesday afternoon that a related house fire in the city's Bazel Road area has been extinguished.

    Goss said the fire, which spread up around Ridgewood in Morgan County, is now believed to be contained. Firefighters from Kingston left at around 5 p.m.

    Personnel from Harriman remained on the scene into the evening.

  • Longtime assistant now town manager in OS

    Oliver Springs officials selected one of their own as town manager last week.

    Becky Campbell, a town employee of 17 years this May, was appointed to the job on Thursday by the Oliver Springs Mayor and Board of Aldermen.

    Campbell has been an administrative assistant to a number of mayors. She has served as interim manager more than once, including since Nov. 4 when former manager Tina Treece resigned.

    “I want to keep our town up and going and running,” she said. “I’d like to see our town grow and prosper.”