Local News

  • Hole in wall makes sheriff’s point

    The holding rooms for inmates at the Roane County Courthouse continue to cause headaches for sheriff’s officials.

    On Monday, a deputy reported finding a fist-sized hole in the wall between the men and women’s restrooms.

    “I was informed of it a couple of hours after everything had happened,” Sheriff Jack Stockton said Thursday. “Anytime you have that number of inmates coming over and one officer trying to watch all of them, it’s impossible to keep your eye on every one of them.”

  • Gunmaker’s request approved

    The Roane County Board of Zoning Appeals approved a special-use permit that will allow Donald Welch to assemble and ship firearms from his property on Upper Jones Road, which is in the eastern part of the county near Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

    Welch told the board Wednesday the permit is one of the requirements to get his Type 7 federal firearms license.

    He plans to operate a business assembling and shipping firearms from his property. He said the business will have a low profile.

  • Alleged rapist indicted

    The case against registered sex offender Matthew Brandon Hall will continue in Roane County Criminal Court.

    General Sessions Court Judge Jeff Wicks sent his case to the grand jury on two counts of rape and one count of aggravated assault following a preliminary hearing in April.

    The grand jury reviewed the case this week and indicted Hall on the charges. He’s scheduled to be arraigned in criminal court next week.

    Hall has a 2008 conviction for sexual battery by an authority figure.

  • Powers indicted from car chase

    The Roane County grand jury indicted Christopher Lee Powers on charges related to his Feb. 9 car chase.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy John Mayes shot Powers multiple times at the end of the chase after Powers rammed his police cruiser at the Airport Road exit ramp.

    Before he was out of the hospital, authorities had charged Powers with multiple crimes related to the incident, including aggravated assault, evading arrest, reckless endangerment, driving on a revoked license, DUI and speeding.

  • Former officer Gambrell indicted

    A former police officer accused of shooting his estranged wife on March 21 is now indicted on attempted second degree murder.

    A Roane County grand jury also returned a true bill on two counts of aggravated assault (weapon involved) on Jeremy A.Gambrell, 41, 142 Bridges Drive.

    According to the true bill, Jeremy Gambrell attempted to kill Jenny Gambrell and assaulted her “by use or display of a deadly weapon.” Gambrell is also charged with assaulting Brice R. Dick, who was at the home with Jenny Gambrell at the time.

  • Grants help with homes in need

    Rockwood is getting a help with its cleanup efforts, with $250,000 from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency to help fix up homes.

    “That is really a good thing,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

    The program helps selected low-income homeowners with rehabilitation projects.

    “Anyone interested can contact myself or (building inspector) Harold Ishman. However, we won’t have the applications available until the process starts,” said city recorder Becky Ruppe.

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  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Who knew the power of the old Battle Flag?

    Dear Hearts and Gentle Readers: The old curmudgeon must confess that for lo, all these past years, nigh onto eighty of them, he has been troubled by the racist outlook and attitude of so many of his friends and neighbors.

  • Oliver Springs anticipates hike in tax rate

    Oliver Springs officials approved a 30-cent property tax-rate increase at the Board of Aldermen meeting last week.

    Part of the hike is in anticipation of drops in property value.

    City Manager Becky Campbell said property values in the area are expected to decline because of property reappraisals, “so in order for us to come out equal, we need to do 15 cents.”

    The hike is what officials estimate the certified tax rate will increase to for the town to pull in the same revenue it did last year.