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  • Hwy. 27 detour for bridge repair

    From staff reports

    Travelers with a wide load will need to avoid Hwy. 27 southbound for a bridge repair project.

    Detour signs are posted at Midtown Interstate 40 exit 350 for wide load drivers to take the alternate route rather than southbound U.S. 27.

    “The wide loads on I-40 intending to go southbound on U.S. 27 must follow the detour route by exiting at the Midtown Exit 350 and following the detour route,” said Mark Nagi, a spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

  • Murrays’ suit over shooting dismissed

    A federal lawsuit filed over a Roane County shooting case was dismissed last week by Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan.

    Joshua Brown was shot on July 21, 2014 on Old Elverton Road.

    Bobby Murray and Jacob Murray were indicted for attempted second-degree murder and aggravated assault.

    Bobby Murray, Jacob Murray and Loretta Murray filed a federal lawsuit against District Attorney General Russell Johnson, Assistant District Attorney General Lauren Bennett and Roane County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Art Wolff.


    A registered sex offender wanted by authorities was arrested in Rockwood.

    Matthew Ryan Humfleet, 27, is facing eight counts of violation of the sex offender registry.

    The District Attorney General’s Office emailed a press release about Humfleet at 4:19 p.m. on Tuesday.

    “Matthew Ryan Humfleet is wanted on outstanding warrants out of Roane and Morgan counties,” the release said.

    Humfleet surrendered to Rockwood police about two hours later at the intersection of Black Hollow Road and Cardiff Valley Road.

  • Rockwood man killed in Riggs Chapel crash

    A single-vehicle wreck on Riggs Chapel Road claimed the life of a Rockwood man on Tuesday.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated.

    According to the report, 27-year-old Anthony Taylor was traveling north in a Geo Tracker around 4 p.m. His vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree near 1672 Riggs Chapel.

    Timothy Taylor, the passenger in the Tracker, was killed. He was 48.

    Anthony Taylor suffered injuries in the crash and was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.

  • Sales tax vote off ballot in Harriman

    Harriman officials think now is not the time to sway voters to approve a sales tax increase.

    Harriman City Council approved first reading of an ordinance Tuesday to remove the sales tax referendum off the November ballot. The referendum, if approved, would have raised the local option sales tax from 2.5 percent to 2.75 percent and the expected $200,000 to $400,000 in additional revenue would have been earmarked for infrastructure such as paving and storm drains.

  • I-40 vandals bashing vehicles

    Someone throwing rocks off area Interstate 40 overpasses damaged at least 15 vehicles, including a Tennessee Highway Patrol cruiser, on July 19.

    THP spokesman Lt. Don Boshears said they started receiving calls around 10:30 that night that rocks were being thrown off overpasses at mile markers 362 and 366.

    “Some of that damage was very minor” with no report taken, Boshears said.

    “Some was pretty significant where the vehicle had to be towed,” he added.

  • Hooks to serve another term on Tennessee board

    Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed Roane County E-911 Director Mike Hooks to another term on the Tennessee Emergency Communications Board.

    “I’ve really enjoyed the past four years and look forward to the next term,” Hooks said. “I can’t thank Gov. Haslam enough for putting that trust in me.”

    Hooks also thanked Deputy to the Governor Jim Henry, state Sen. Ken Yager and state Reps. Kent Calfee and Ron Travis.

  • Cemetery vandal, thief back in jail

    The man who vandalized and stole property from the Swan Pond Baptist Church cemetery is back in trouble.

    Kevin Limburg pleaded guilty to theft of property and vandalism in the cemetery case on March 8, 2017.

    He was placed on community corrections, which is an alternative to prison, for 10 years.

    He was arrested in Knox County on June 1 for unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession or casual exchange and theft.

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  • Rockwood shelter likely to stay closed

    The Rockwood Animal Shelter remains closed — and it doesn’t appear it will be opening any time soon.

    In fact, Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller proposes closing the shelter and splitting the codes enforcement and animal control position into two part-time positions.

    “It seems like we hire someone and the two jobs just overload them,” Miller said. “So I would like to have a half-time codes enforcement and half-time animal control.”