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Today's News

  • Woman gets dose of pepper spray

    Rockwood police used pepper spray on a woman on Dec. 18 for not complying with orders, according to a report.

    Jena Lynn Davidson, 30, was charged with DUI, violation of implied consent law, resisting arrest and evading arrest. The report said she also had an outstanding warrant for violation of probation.

    The report said Davidson was hiding in some woods when she was ordered to show her hands.

  • Alleged huffer nabbed after leading chase

    A Knoxville man who reportedly led Rockwood police on a chase on Dec. 21 is facing several charges.

    Taylor Lee Helton, of 1651 Chenoweth Road, Knoxville, was charged with evading arrest, DUI, reckless endangerment, driving on a revoked license, aggravated assault on a police officer and inhaling aerosol.

    Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett said the officers involved in the pursuit were OK.

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    Rockwood police said they had to use a TASER to get a 24-year-old man to comply with commands on Dec. 19.

  • Scam artists claim to be utility workers

    If someone approaches your home proposing to do in-home energy evaluations for a price don’t necessarily believe it’s a good deal.

    Officials from Volunteer Energy Cooperative recently received information from a
    neighboring utility that its customers had been visited by scam artists claiming to be evaluators.

    “The victims have reported that two men have been going door-to-door asking to conduct energy audits and promising to save the residents money on their utility bills. Victims report the scammers are very per-

  • Yager opposed to changes in Sunshine Law

    The move to weaken the state’s open meetings law does not have the backing of state Sen. Ken Yager. The Harriman Republican announced his opposition to the movement on Thursday.

    “Citizens need to understand how government decisions are made,” Yager said in a news release. “Lack of transparency prevents the public from actively participating in government and from raising questions or expressing their opinions.”

  • May all your Christmases be bright
  • Roane lands 19 on All-District 3-A team

    The 2011 football season was another good one for Roane County, and now the postseason awards are starting to roll in.

  • Basketball galore starting Wednesday at Harriman, Midway

    Fans of high school basketball wishing to see a lot of games this week need to go no farther than Harriman High School or Midway High School as both schools will be holding holiday basketball action.

  • Arrests

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Dec. 11 — Johnny Ray Bass, 47, 514 Highpoint Circle, Kingston: public intoxication. Bond $850; court date March 5, 2012.

    • Jason Wayne Masengil, 34, 167 Paint Rock Trail, Philadelphia: no charge listed. No bond or court date listed.

  • Cherokee’s Mornings in Motion gets kids moving

    Mornings in Motion, an initiative designed to increase awareness of the importance of health and wellness by student participation in a workout program prior to each school day, recently kicked off at Kingston’s Cherokee Middle School.

    The before-school fitness program was brought to Cherokee by Assistant Principal Tim Thompson. Since it began in November, the program has averaged more than 50 students each morning.

  • Fourth-graders score tops in public speaking contest

    Three Roane County elementary schools are represented by the fourth-grade winners of this year’s Roane County 4-H Public Speaking Contest.

    The winners, declared after the contest earlier this month, are Henry Coen, first place, Kingston Elementary; Faith Riggs, second place, Midway Elementary; and Anna Smith, third place, Oliver Springs Elementary.

    Henry will join other county first-place winners in representing Roane County during the 4-H subregional contest on Feb. 6 in Campbell County.