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  • Baby Sophia defies odds to reach first birthday

    Sophia Crabtree is an energetic and smiling little girl — one who rarely meets a stranger — recently celebrated her first birthday.

    She loves gravy, peas, and sweet potatoes.

    On the surface, that doesn’t seem so different from many children her age, but rest assured, Sophia is a very special little girl.

    Sophia is a miracle.

  • Woman charged in fatal car crash

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated a deadly crash on Airport Road on Saturday.

    The crash happened on the Morgan County side, but the person killed was from Rockwood.

    It happened around 3 p.m.

    According to the report, Amber Manis of Oakdale was traveling south on Airport Road in a 2005 Chrysler minivan.

    She crossed the center line and crashed head-on into a 1998 Mazda Protege driven by Joseph Jones of Rockwood.

    Jones, 40, was killed.

  • Humphrey: new court and new job

    By Richard Evans

    The misdemeanor assault case against former Harriman Chief of Police Kenneth Humphrey was delayed last month but remains on the docket.

    The case was reset for 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in Anderson County General Sessions Court in Oak Ridge.

    Although he is no longer with the police department, Humphrey still works for the city in the capacity of administrative assistant.

  • Doctor no concern for Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition

    Dr. Timothy Bell’s move to East Race Street in downtown Kingston doesn’t appear to have drawn the ire of the Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition.

    “We haven’t had any problems at all,” Anti-Drug Coalition Executive Director Sarah Harrison said Monday.

    “I think he’s still running the same practice that he has for years, just in a different location.”

    Bell’s office is next door to the Anti-Drug Coalition.

    He moved into the space earlier this year.

  • Man charged in case of missing Rockwood teen

    By Richard Evans

    The subject of a statewide AMBER Alert was found safe Saturday in Henry County, Ga.

    Haley Nicole Brandenburg, 17, of Rockwood, was missing several days after the alert was issued last Wednesday.

    Robert Andrew Garren, 31, has been charged with aggravated statutory rape in connection to the case.

    The matter remains under investigation and additional charges could be pending.

    On Friday, the vehicle the pair was last spotted in — a 2006 Honda Odyssey van — was recovered at a parking lot in Chattanooga.

  • Teen pilfered from Pemberton’s alcohol cabinet

    A man was arrested last week at a home owned by Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton.

    Christopher Todd Dyer is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and reckless endangerment.

    According to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office report, a woman spotted Dyer’s nephew slumped over on the side of the road and called 911.

    When deputies arrived, they found the nephew laying in a ditch alongside Peninsula Road.

    It was just after midnight on Nov. 7.

  • Kingston amphitheater may be ready by spring 2019

    The Amphitheater at Southwest Point could be ready for use by Memorial Day.

    The Kingston City Council was presented with preliminary plans for the 1,000-seat amphitheater at a workshop Monday, Nov. 5.

    Representatives of Spectra Tech, the Oak Ridge company managing the project, assured the council the project is moving ahead as planned.

    “It’s a straightforward project,” said Mike Shannon of Spectra Tech.

    The plan, which is being paid for using a $500,000 state grant, should also be on budget, he said.

  • Officials say TVA lied about fly ash

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody isn’t usually critical of TVA. However, his opinion of the agency’s handling of the ash spill appears to have changed following last week’s verdict in the cleanup workers trial.

    “Apparently we may have been misled on the toxicity of the ash,” Woody said Friday. “We’ve been told one thing from TVA, and there has been a jury that has found something out opposite of that.”