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  • Utility hopes to save Peterman facade

    From staff reports

    Rockwood’s former Booth Funeral Home building is now history.

    The building was recently demolished as work toward construction of a new Rockwood Electric Utility administrative building continues to move forward.

    “The radio station building is in the process of being taken down,” said manager Kendall Bear recently.

    “I think they are about half finished.”

  • Could doing the time be clogging up probation process?

    One of the things officials could have difficulty addressing about Roane County’s probation situation is people who are choosing jail time over probations.

    As odd as it may sound, it’s a real issue, according to court officials.

  • Slow down near schools

    Motorists may need to slow down even more in areas around Rockwood High and Middle schools.

    Rockwood City Council on Monday approved first reading of ordinances to reduce the speed limit for portions of Hewitt Avenue and West Strang Street from 30 mph to 25 mph.

    “I think it is a great idea ...” said Councilman Jason Jolly.

    Originally, the City Council had considered making the area a school zone with a flashing sign. However, that would require much more work to accomplish.

  • Police shooting investigation continues

    The TBI identified the man shot by a Rockwood police officer last week as 35-year-old Josh Scarlett.

    “The last address of record we have for him indicates he lives in Roane County,” TBI spokesman Josh DeVine said Tuesday.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson asked the TBI to investigate after officer Brandon Smith shot Scarlett during an incident on Christmas Eve.

    “The investigation remains ongoing,” TBI spokeswoman Susan Niland said Monday.

    The shooting occurred outside the city limits of Rockwood.


    Rockwood Electric Utility intends to borrow $4.1 million for its new administrative office building instead of using reserves.

    The loan, however, is intended to have no impact on what customers pay each month, REU Manager Kendall Bear told Rockwood City Council on Monday.

    “Our plans are to not have any rate increases or things like that,” he noted.

    Bear said the reason utility officials decided to finance the project rather than use cash reserves is to ensure that rates can be kept where they need to be for customers.

  • THP "No Refusal" checkpoints in Knox during holiday; Roane sobriety checkpoint on New Year's Eve

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct a “No Refusal” traffic safety enforcement campaign in Knox County during the 2015 New Year’s Eve holiday period.

    The period begins at 12:01 a.m. Dec. 31 and ends at 11:59 p.m. Jan. 4.

    The state statute regarding “No Refusal” allows law enforcement officials to seek search warrants for blood samples in cases involving suspected impaired drivers.

  • The hunt is on for veterans

    The quiet of a cool, shadowy woods and the companionship of a new friend helps a number of area veterans escape from their heavy thoughts during a special hunting trip each year.

    The Bill Inman Wounded Veterans Guided Deer Hunt of Roane County is in its fourth year, with 18 veteran hunters and their guides taking to the woods to bag some game.

    “It is nice to have people that care — care enough to do something like this,” said J.J. Sheldon, a Marine from 2001-05.

  • Jewelry Recovered
  • Harriman pair facing charges in drive-by shooting

    Two Harriman men were arrested on Dec. 16 in connection with an alleged drive-by shooting that took place on White Road.

    Austin Kimshea Whitehead and Derek A. Brackett are charged with reckless endangerment involving a weapon, two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of vandalism in the incident. Both were still in custody at the Roane County Jail on Friday.

    According to the warrants, a sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to 213 White Road around 5:40 p.m. on a report of shots fired. He spoke with Stacey and Mae Thompson when he arrived.

  • ARRESTS Dec. 11-21, 2015

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Dec. 11 — Brian Keith Bunch, 48, 224 Pickard Hollow Road, Harriman: driving on revoked/suspended license.

    • Karen Rena West, 44, 182 Morgan Road, Lancing: court hold only.

    • Daniel Ray Gallogly, 21, 8404 Richlands Hwy., Richlands, N.C.: filing false report.

    • Franklin Adelbert Godsey Jr., 31, 329 Washington Drive, Harriman: driving on revoked/suspended license.