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Today's News

  • Wicks up for criminal court judge appointment

    Jeff Wicks has been a general sessions court judge in Roane County since 2006.

    He hopes to continue serving as a judge, just in a different position.

    Wicks has applied for the 9th Judicial District criminal court judge seat that’s being vacated by E. Eugene Eblen.

    “I feel it’s time for me to step up and go from general sessions court judge to criminal court judge,” Wicks said Tuesday.

    “I enjoy criminal law and I believe that my background and experience has prepared me for this position.”

  • Crabtree in as Rockwood fire chief

    Rockwood Fire Department’s Matt Crabtree served as interim fire chief since Mike Wertz retired earlier this year.

    He’s no longer interim — Rockwood City Council made it official by appointing him to the position on Monday.

    “I want to thank the mayor and the Council for the opportunity,” Crabtree said.

    “We’ll try to do the best job we can. Chief Wertz was very supportive while he was still here,” he added.

  • Roane animal shelter dealing with parvo cases

    A GoFundMe account was started earlier this summer to provide parvo shots for animals at the Roane County Animal Shelter.

    “Due to the number of incoming animals, we’re primarily trying to give the shots to the puppies,” Animal Control Director John Griffin said at the Aug. 20 Animal Control Advisory Committee meeting. “We’re not really trying to vaccinate the adult dogs so that we can save as many puppies as we can.”

    Parvo is a contagious viral disease that can be fatal for dogs.

  • New digs, new agent for Extension service

    The Roane County University of Tennessee Extension Office in Midtown held an open house last Thursday afternoon to show off its newly renovated building — and to welcome new county extension agent Jessica Wilkins to the area.

    “Our open house today is a way to show off our facility and to thank Roane County for giving us this facility, and for supporting our programs,” said Justin Thomas, Roane County UT Extension Service director.

    “Today also allows people to meet our new Extension agent, Jessica Wilkinson.”

  • Rural counties vulnerable to companies looking for big payout in grants, loans

    In 2006, Ron Woody was invited to a groundbreaking in Morgan County for a new biodiesel manufacturing facility.

    Woody, a University of Tennessee County Technical Assistance consultant at the time, remembers being skeptical about the project from the start.

    “I made the statement that day that it would never produce a gallon,” recalled Woody, who is now Roane County executive.

  • Two more arts grants for Roane

    Roane County Arts Council and Roane Choral Society were recently chosen as recipients of Tennessee Arts Build Communities grants for art projects from non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations.

    The Arts Council received funding for the 2015 Roane County Student Writers Anthology.

    Roane Choral Society will use its grant for “Chronicles of Blue and Gray: A Patriotic Tribute.”

  • Rescued: ‘Awesome’ sheriff’s captain saves man from drowning in Poplar Creek

    Shannon Rasco used one word to describe Roane County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Tim Hawn on Friday:

    “Awesome,” she said, holding back tears.

    Rasco and her boyfriend, Todd Mann, had stopped on the side of Blair Road to rest when Mann fell down a steep embankment and into Poplar Creek Friday afternoon.

    Hawn was in the area when he saw a report about the accident come across the Computer Aided Dispatch system in his patrol car.

    He rushed to the scene, made his way down the embankment and pulled Mann out of the water.

  • Harriman downtown demolition starting up

    The first steps are beginning in physically removing the remaining buildings surrounding the site of the former Miller & Brewer Department Store.

    The removal started last week with abatement activities and preconstruction activities, according to a schedule from Roane County.

    County Executive Ron Woody said he hopes to eventually return the property back to private use and on the tax rolls.

    “The county government sees no government benefit for county use,” he said.

  • Houston headed back to E. Tenn.

    Leon Houston could soon be back in East Tennessee.

    On July 9, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned his federal conviction for threatening to kill his former attorney via interstate commerce.

    The court remanded the case back to U.S. District Court for further proceedings.

    Houston remained an inmate at the Federal Medical Center in Lexington, Ky., after the ruling.

    That may change soon.

  • Man accused of wielding machete at ex, new suitor

    A Rockwood man is accused of threatening his ex-girlfriend and her new beau with a machete.

    Toby L. Elliott, 38, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault and vandalism in the Aug. 13 incident.

    Deputies were dispatched to 860 Winton Chapel Road, where they spoke with Pamela Vandan and her boyfriend, Kristopher Havlik.