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  • Bazel Road house fire out; brush fire up to 500 acres

    Firefighters from throughout Roane County have worked most of Tuesday afternoon to extinguish a brush fire that's affecting up to 500 acres and spread into neighboring Morgan County.

    Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss confirmed late Tuesday afternoon that a related house fire in the city's Bazel Road area has been extinguished.

    Goss said the fire, which spread up around Ridgewood in Morgan County, is now believed to be contained. Firefighters from Kingston left at around 5 p.m.

    Personnel from Harriman remained on the scene into the evening.

  • Former cop in standoff, ex-wife shot

    Roane County law enforcement were in a standoff several hours on Saturday with a suspect accused of shooting his ex-wife at 142 Bridges Drive.

    “We had a shooting incident here, and there was a female shot several times in the chest,” Sheriff Jack Stockton confirmed early Saturday evening. “She was flown out to a trauma center.”

    The sheriff said Jenny Gambrill was in stable condition from what he had heard from a surgical nurse at the hospital.

  • Exec’s state talk irks assessor

    Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan is still sore about the comments Roane County Executive Ron Woody made during last month’s State Board of Equalization meeting in Nashville.

    “We would like for you all to come in and assist us in rebuilding confidence,” Woody said.

    Those were the last comments the board heard before voting unanimously to allow the Division of Property Assessments to take over Roane County’s reappraisal.

  • 83 spot change forms sent in

    T.H. Brown, chairman of the Roane County Board of Equalization, sent a letter to Roane County Executive Ron Woody expressing concerns about value changes on multiple parcels.

    “There appears to be a pattern of judgment and spot reappraising on improvement values, as well as significant reductions in land,” Brown said in the letter dated March 16.

    “I find this pattern excessive and questionable.”

    Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan said he was unaware of the letter until shown a copy Thursday night.

  • Lawyer wants Jacobs lawsuit back in Roane

    Knoxville attorney John Dupree wants the lawsuit he filed on behalf of an ash spill cleanup worker back in Roane County Circuit Court.

    Dupree’s client, Corryton resident Bill Rose, is accusing Jacobs Engineering Group of causing him to contract leukemia by lying about the safety of fly ash at the TVA ash spill cleanup site in Roane County.

    The lawsuit, in which Rose is seeking $10 million, was filed in Roane County Circuit Court on Dec. 12.

    Jacobs had it moved to U.S. District Court in Knoxville last month.

  • Powerball ticket worth $50 million sold in Harriman

    The state’s newest millionaire could come from Roane County. According to the Tennessee Lottery, the winning ticket for Saturday’s $50 million Powerball jackpot was sold in Harriman.

    Tennessee Lottery spokeswoman Kym Gerlock said the cash value of the winning ticket is approximately $33.5 million, meaning that’s how much the winner would receive if they take the prize in one lump sum.

    The winning ticket matched all six numbers drawn. 

  • UPDATE: Suspect, victim identified in shooting, standoff

    A shooting and hours-long standoff with law-enforcement officials on Saturday ended early in the evening without further incident.

    Roane County sheriff's deputies have taken Alex Gambrill, a former Lenoir City and TVA police officer, into custody.

    Gambrill is accused of shooting his former wife, Jenny Gambrill, during the incident that began at 142 Bridges Drive between Harriman and Oliver Springs.

    Jenny Gambrill was rushed to a trauma center and was reportedly in stable condition Saturday night, Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

  • State House ‘pre-meetings’ in secret, grow commonplace

    By ERIK SCHELZIG and LUCAS L. JOHNSON II • Associated Press

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee House committees are increasingly gathering in cramped, tucked-away conference rooms in the legislative office complex to hold secret “pre-meetings” to discuss pending legislation.

    The public isn’t informed or invited.

    No public notice is given for the time or location of the meetings held at odd hours by at least 10 of the 15 standing committees in the House.

  • Unidentified Kingston officer fires shot

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has been alerted to an incident in which an unidentified Kingston police officer fired his weapon while in pursuit of a man wanted in Florida.

    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam is conducting an internal investigation into the March 13 incident, a release from the District Attorney General’s Office said.

    According to the District Attorney General’s Office, Chad Stallard was a passenger in a car that was stopped for speeding.

  • Mom enters guilty plea in death of 5-year-old

    A Spring City woman pled guilty to the facilitation of first degree felony murder in the August 2013 death of her son, 5-year-old Landon Robbins.

    Jessica Robbins also pled guilty to aggravated child abuse.

    She entered her pleas on March

    17.

    The mother was originally charged in September 2013 with felony first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse after her son was found unresponsive in the home, according to reports.