Local News

  • Meth gets Jenkins 20 years in prison

    Christopher Ryan Jenkins, a 28-year-old Rockwood man, is heading to federal prison for 20 years.

    The stiff sentence was handed down last week by U.S. District Judge Pamela Reeves.

    Jenkins was one of 17 people indicted in a meth conspiracy last July.

    He pleaded guilty in September to conspiracy to manufacture 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine precursors.

  • Ruritan Road widening on schedule

    Work continues on Harriman’s Ruritan Road widening project.

    Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesman Mark Nagi reports the project is on track for its May 31, 2016, completion date.

    The completed road will have four through lanes and a center turning lane, and county and city officials hope it will increase the area’s commercial appeal and help with traffic congestion.

  • NAACP looking to film documentary on Roane during civil rights movement

    The local chapter of the NAACP wants to know what it was like for African-Americans in Roane County during the civil rights movement.

    The organization is requesting that anyone with a story to share contact them for a documentary it hopes to put together.

    “Young people today have no idea what it was like to live in a segregated society, so we’re looking to interview people who were alive at that time and will share their memories with us,” said Mary Ellen Blencoe, a member of the Roane County NAACP’s executive board.

  • Pawning guns gets man time in federal prison

    A federal prison cell awaits a Rockwood man, who pleaded guilty last year to illegally possessing firearms.

    Timothy Wayne Sanders was set to stand trial on Nov. 4.

    After the judge denied one of his motions prior to jury questioning on the day of the trial, Sanders decided to plead guilty to the indictment that charged him with two counts of being a convicted felon in possession of firearms.

    Prior to his arrest in the federal case, Sanders was living with his aunt and uncle on Douglas Avenue in Rockwood.

  • Rockwood program gets slap

    State officials found Rockwood Revitalization did not complete its downtown visitors center within the time frame required for a state grant, but its president signed documents stating the group had.

    The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office release a report about that and the organization’s finances.

    The Roane County News previously reported Rockwood Revitalization was under the state comptroller’s radar after being contacted by a concerned citizen about the lagging completion of the visitors’ center and public restrooms.

  • Stealing from Mom?

    Holly M. Wilkins, a 31-year-old Kingston woman, was accused of stealing from her mother on Wednesday.

    Police were alerted about the alleged crime by an observant bank teller.

    Wilkins drove her mother, Rema Metcalf, to the First Tennessee Bank on North Kentucky Street in Kingston.

    Metcalf, according to the report, wanted to make a deposit at the drive-through window.

  • Could budget issues impact school’s start in fall?

    If the Roane County Board of Education sticks with its convictions, there’s no telling when the 2015-16 school year might start.

    “This year, I don’t think we need to start school until we have a budget set,” Sam Cox said at Wednesday’s budget work session.

    The current school year started on Aug. 6, but the Roane County Commission didn’t approve the county’s budget until Sept. 8. The budget didn’t include $1.017 million of additional revenue that the board had requested.

  • Roane County robotics team breaking gender barriers

    Roane County High School’s robotics team is kicking into high gear, busier than ever before in its third year of competiton.

    This year, the team is building two robots instead of one.

    “The game is very competitive this year and very hectic, so we aren’t sure which will work best,” said team captain Cothran Theiss, a junior. “We are going to see which one performs better once we have it built.”

    It’s a totally different game this season, according to Theiss.

    Each competition has been different.

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  • UT hat robber strikes again

    On the five-year anniversary of his last bank robbery, Bryan Scott Samples was allegedly at it again.

    According to the FBI, Samples robbed a Y-12 Federal Credit Union in Knoxville on Jan. 23.

    On that day in 2010, he robbed an ORNL Federal Credit Union in Knoxville.

    The FBI identified Samples, 43, as a Kingston resident.

    He wore a hat with a University of Tennessee “Power T” on it in the ORNL robbery. He is also alleged to have worn a “Power T” hat in last week’s robbery of the Y-12 branch at 6640 Clinton Hwy.