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Today's News

  • Alleged assault part of Smoot’s ‘bad acts’ tally

    Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks is pondering what to do about the alleged bad acts prosecutors want to introduce during Shawn Smoot’s upcoming murder trial.

    Wicks didn’t make a decision following two days of hearings in Loudon County earlier this month.

    Smoot is accused of killing Brooke Nicole Morris in Roane County on Oct. 15, 2011.

    Her body was found at the intersection of Blair Road and Old Blair Road. Police said she was shot to death.

  • Digging Up CEMETERY Records

    Tammi Barger is helping the town of Oliver Springs solve hundreds of mysteries.

    She is singlehandedly working to identify cemetery inhabitants in Oliver Springs Cemetery by taking pictures of each plot and tombstone — more than 500 at last estimate.

    Records have been lost over the years, and there is little knowledge of many who are buried in the town-owned cemetery. It is at least 100 years old, but it’s not clear its exact age.

  • Big Kingston water bill gets big forgiveness

    Roane County Commissioner David Bell’s water bill just decreased exponentially.

    Bell received a $73,000 bill earlier this year on a property where he is building a new home.

    He  appealed in April to the Kingston City Council, which also serves as the Kingston Water Board, asking for relief from the bill.

  • Rockwood police teaching violence prevention classes

    With instances of violence — both in and out of the workplace — increasingly in the news the Rockwood Police Department is helping citizens prepare for the worst.

    Following a plan first developed in Texas, Rockwood police were trained by the FBI and the Department of Justice to teach violence prevention workshops primarily for the workplace.

    They have been held at Rockwood City Hall or on-site.

    The workshops include lectures, PowerPoint presentations and examinations of what has — and has not — worked in similar scenarios.

  • Ex-Kingston worker files suit against city

    A former Kingston City employee has filed a lawsuit over his dismissal.

    While many of the initial charges filed by Jimmy L. Goodman have already been dismissed, the case is still ongoing.

    Goodman filed a complaint Feb. 24 in Roane County Circuit Court, alleging he was a longtime city employee who was unlawfully dismissed from his street department job while on medical leave.

    Goodman’s lawsuit alleges he was let go despite having medical documentation supporting his injury claims.

  • Haunted Hospital clown cleared of all charges

    Prosecutors have now dropped both charges against the man accused in a groping incident during last October’s Haunted Hospital in Harriman.

    The first and most serious charge against Larry Davis, sexual battery, was dismissed on April 25 because the primary accuser gave testimony during a preliminary hearing that was critically inconsistent with her prior statements.  

  • New Hope fire sends two to the hospital

    West Roane County firefighter Matt Covington suffered heat exhaustion and dehydration and was being checked for other possible injuries after an early morning fire destroyed a home Friday.

    “He’s doing OK,” said Chief Charlie Redwine of West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department.

    “He’s still at the hospital with the IVs,” the chief added. “They were doing x-rays for a possible hernia.”

  • Two Rockwood officers back on duty after leave

    Rockwood Patrolman Rick Thomas has been back on duty since he was temporarily put on administrative leave without pay for a few weeks this winter after allegations around a traffic stop when a four-wheeler ran into the back of his patrol care in September 2015.

    Video shows the patrolman handcuffing one of the suspects, who is lying on the ground, and kneeing the suspect.

    The officer is also seen stepping on the suspect’s sunglasses afterward.

  • Woman hurt in motorcycle crash on I-40

    A Hermitage woman was injured when the motorcycle she was riding on crashed on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 40 last Tuesday.

    According to Tennessee Highway Patrol reports, Rose M. Mc-Keithen, 55, was “thrown from the vehicle and rolled multiple times before coming to a final rest” next to one vehicle.

    The reports indicate the motorcycle’s driver, James A. Mc-Keithen, 60, also of Hermitage, struck a second vehicle in the rear.

  • More than $5,000 raised for Lily and family