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  • Rockwood police in search of copper thieves

    A copper theft left a Rockwood home with a reported $1,500 worth of damage.

    The home is at 604 N. Chamberlain Ave. Rockwood Police Officer Jared Hall responded there on Tuesday.

    “I spoke with James Scott Branson, who told me that some person or persons stole copper electrical wire from the basement and attic of his mother’s house in the last month,” the report said. “Mr. Branson’s mother passed away sometime back and no one has been staying in the house.”

  • The Spot for paranormal activity?

    A local paranormal group is searching for proof of the supernatural. Their explorations recently brought them to two Harriman up and coming businesses owned by the Kirkland brothers.

    East Valley Paranormal Society didn’t have much luck at the former The Spot restaurant, but they heard what they believe to be some interesting electronic voice phenomenon at the building Travis Kirkland is turning into The Living Room Arcade Event Center in the 500 block of Roane Street.

  • CLEANUP in downtown Rockwood
  • Massive pill ring uncovered

    From staff reports

    Authorities busted up a large scale pill operation on Monday.

    According to the District Attorney General’s Office, more than 10,000 pills, 49 guns, tactical body armor, illegal steroids, more than $38,000 in cash and a cash-counting machine were seized at a residence on Lake Drive, which is South of the River.

  • FINAL FLING
  • A View From Lick Skillet: A Multitudinous Miscellany, Assortment, & Mix

    Gentle reader, most of the time we have one or two themes for these weekly sermons, but occasionally there will have been a whole slew of occurrences of which we wish to take note that are totally unrelated.

    This is one of those occasions, so this week’s column is made up of several unrelated items, some this, some that, or a general assortment.

  • OS man charged in fatal 2016 crash

    A man is facing charges from a deadly crash that occurred in 2016.

    Jeffrey D. Walters, 33, was booked into the Roane County Jail on Monday on charges of vehicular homicide by intoxication, vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and reckless endangerment.

    The crash occurred on May 8, 2016. The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated.

  • Roads still rough

    More than nine months have gone by since the Roane County Commission voted to accept portions of the roads in Pioneer Village Subdivision. Nothing has changed about their rough state, however.

    “We’ve had to do a lot of legal stuff,” County Commissioner and Road Committee Chairman Junior Hendrickson said.

    Pioneer Village is located south of Rockwood. For years, residents complained about the bad condition of the roads. County officials said they were unable to help the situation because the roads were private.

  • Rockwood green lights signal replacement

    The cities of Harriman and Rockwood have agreed to work together to repair the traffic light where their city limits meet on Hwy. 27 and Patton Lane.

    Rockwood City Council approved a request Monday from the city of Harriman to share expenses on replacing the signals.

    “They would like us to split the cost with them on the traffic light and go to an LED,” Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller explained.

    Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms provided a $22,000 quote from Progression Electric LLC. Each city would pay $11,100.

  • Retailer’s sign falls atop car

    The sign at a Rockwood video game store fell onto a woman’s car.

    The incident happened on Friday around 7 p.m. No injuries were reported.

    “I was dispatched to GameStop located at 1136 N. Gateway Ave., in Rockwood on a business sign that had fallen and hit a vehicle parked in the parking lot,” Officer Kendall Mitchell wrote in his report.

    “Once on scene I spoke to Ms. Morgan Rich, who stated she had parked her vehicle in front of the GameStop store and went into Cato next door.”