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  • $377 taken in pry-and-grab

    Walmart was the victim of a pry-and-grab theft last week.

    According to a Rockwood Police Department report, a black male and female entered the store through the garden side and headed straight to the sporting goods section.

    “Once there, the male took a short pry bar and pried open a cash drawer at the register,” the report said. “He took about $377.38 in cash and left.”

    The suspects were spotted getting into a silver car parked near the garden center.

  • 14-year-old and friend, 13, take turns driving mom’s car

    A 14-year-old boy reportedly took his mother’s car and he and his 13-year-old friend took turns driving it around Rockwood.

    According to the May 8 report, Police Officer Daniel Jeffries was on his way to 430 W. Tedder St. to investigate a prowler call around 1:20 a.m. when he spotted a gold Buick LeSabre.

    “As the vehicle approached me, it drove off the road into the green at the church at 821 N. Front St.,” the report said. “I made a U-turn and before I could get turned around, the vehicle turned left on W. Dunn St.”

  • Construction closing Rockwood City Hall offices on Friday

    Rockwood City Hall will be closed to the public on Friday due to construction.

    Offices closed will be city clerks; water, gas and sewer clerks; and the building inspector.

    Call City Hall from Monday through Thursday at 354-0611 for more information.

  • Tennessee MEDIEVAL FAIRE

    The fourth annual Tennessee Medieval Faire kicks off this weekend in Harriman.

    “We’re taking visitors back to the age of chivalry,” said Faire organizer Barrie Paulson.

    The interactive-themed outdoor festival will begin on Saturday and will run for three weekends — including Memorial Day — at the site at 550 Fiske Road.

    The theme for this year’s fair is scripted around the popular tales of Robin Hood and his Merry Men.

  • Kingston man killed in crash

    An elderly Kingston man was killed in a single-vehicle car crash on Sunday, May 6.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated.

    According to the report, John Michael Drake was traveling west on Smalley Lane in a 2000 Ford F250 pickup truck around 9 p.m.

    The truck left the roadway, struck an embankment and a large tree.

    “Vehicle 1 (the truck) rolled and came to an uncontrolled rest on the vehicle’s right side blocking both lanes of traffic,” the report said.

  • From Roane State to living the dream
  • Emails reveal mayor lost confidence in ex-chief

    Harriman Mayor Wayne Best told Harriman City Council members he’d lost confidence in police chief Derek Pacifico a month before Pacifico resigned on April 22.

    In an email dated March 23, Best details his issues with Pacifico.


    Harriman officials this week joined officials with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and others to kick off the cleanup of the Harriman papermill site.

    The papermill was put on the National Priorities List in 2012 and removal and remedial action cleanup activities are starting this week to remove structures at the 30-plus acres. The city hopes to use the property someday for recreational purposes.

    “We are looking forward to having this completed in the next 90 days,” said Scott Miller, remedial project manager for the EPA.

  • Deputy stuck by needle while searching suspect

    An officer with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office sought medical treatment after being pricked with a needle on Monday.

    The needle stick happened when he was searching a suspect.

    “He’s OK,” Sheriff Jack Stockton said about Cpl. Kyle Canup.

    According to the report, Canup was on patrol when he noticed a vehicle with a broken taillight on Hwy. 27.

  • Pair in D.C. for Police Week

    Detective Bryan Walker and Corrections Officer Robert Sparkes are representing the Roane County Sheriff’s Office in Washington, D.C., for National Police Week.

    “National Police Week is where they honor all the fallen officers that have died in the line of duty,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said. “They do it every year. Officers from around the world come there.”

    Stockton said he sends someone to the event each year.