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Today's News

  • Salt supplies holding up in Roane

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Salt to keep Roane County’s roads safe shouldn’t be a concern.

    Roane County Highway Department Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said he’s got plenty of it, including some left from the original 500 tons he ordered last spring.

    “I have another 300 tons on its way,” said Ferguson, who had a contract to buy it in emergency situations. “This will get us through.”

  • No charges against deputy in I-40 shooting

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    A Roane County sheriff’s deputy will not face charges in a Feb. 9 officer-involved shooting. The Roane County grand jury heard testimony and watched video of the incident on Monday, and determined John Mayes acted appropriately when he shot Christopher Lee Powers.

  • ROCKWOOD: Further investigation asked for on visitor center

    A probe of Rockwood Revitalization Inc. will continue.

    An investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury found the organization did not comply with the terms of a grant it received for a visitors center.

    The Roane County grand jury reviewed the comptroller’s report on Monday.

    “The grand jury found that additional investigation should be required,” an addendum to the grand jury report said.

  • Ice-storm sleepover at RMC

    Roane Medical Center beds were a little more full over the past 10 days, but not necessarily with patients.

    Many of them were filled with employees who stayed over during the worst of the ice and snow to make sure patients got the care they needed.

    Jason Pilant, vice president and CEO of the hospital, said a dedicated staff and emergency planning drills helped the facility take the difficult weather in stride.

    “From a staffing perspective, we’re really fortunate,” Pilant said.

  • Sex offenders charged with breaking into home

    Two registered sex offenders are accused of breaking into a home on Blue Springs Road. Daniel Nunley and Terry Kincannon are charged with aggravated burglary in the Jan. 8 incident.

    Kincannon was arrested on Jan. 11. Nunley was arrested on Feb. 15.

  • 911 no matter what

    The recent freezing death of a Roane County man reminded Mike Hooks, E-911 director and County Commissioner, of a fact some may not realize:
    Even when a cellphone is out of minutes, it can call 911.
    Hooks said he’d heard reports that Tony Dean Stanley, a 44-year-old Roane County man who died of hypothermia last week, did not have minutes on his phone.
    “Those phones can still call 911,” said Hooks.
    Hooks said as long as a cellphone has a charge, it can be used to call the emergency number.

  • Winter continues its torment

    A man was found unresponsive on the side of Interstate 40 Monday afternoon. Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton responded and called for an ambulance when he arrived at the scene.

    “I don’t know if he was suffering from frost bite, hypothermia or having a medical issue,” Stockton said. “It was hard to tell.”

    Stockton said they were eventually able to get the unresponsive man moving.

    “He may have been a transient,” Stockton said. “I’m not sure.”

  • Grand jury clears deputy Mayes in shooting

    The Roane County grand jury declined to indict Sheriff’s Deputy John Mayes in the Feb. 9 shooting of Christopher Lee Powers.

    After more than an hour of video presentation, testimony and discussion about the shooting, the grand jury determined Mayes’ actions were appropriate and may have even prevented others from harm.

    The shooting happened at the Airport Road Exit ramp off Interstate 40. District Attorney General Russell Johnson asked the TBI to investigate the incident.

  • Sheriff busy conducting safety checks

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said he’s not sure how many welfare checks his office has conducted since last week’s bad weather hit, but “dozens and dozens” is a good estimate.

    “Luckily the rescue squad and OES and the road department have been helping us tremendously,” he said.

    On Feb. 19, the sheriff’s office posted a message on its Facebook page letting the public know deputies would be happy to do a welfare check on anyone who was without power or at risk due to the cold weather.

  • Man beaten with tree clippers

    A Harriman man was taken to University of Tennessee Medical Center earlier this month with a fractured skull he suffered in an alleged assault.

    Kingston police charged Joshua Morgan, 23, with aggravated assault and aggravated burglary in the incident. Morgan allegedly used “a pair of long-handled tree clippers” to beat Matthew Honeycutt.

    The incident happened at 814 S. Kentucky St. in Kingston.

    Honeycutt was found laying in the front yard bleeding when police arrived.