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  • Elementary students spend day learning about life on the farm

    Hundreds of Roane County third graders had the opportunity last week to learn more about the natural world around them.

    Farm Bureau Insurance of Tennessee and the University of Tennessee Agriculture Extension sponsored the Farm Day at Roane State Community College for more than 400 students.

    “It’s a chance to educate kids, parents and teachers and to introduce them to the agricultural community,” said Jessica Wilkinson with UT.

  • Child sexual exploitation charges filed against Oliver Springs resident

    An Oliver Springs man who allegedly sent sexually explicit images of children to an undercover FBI agent was arrested last week.

    The suspect, 24-year-old David Tyler Wilson, is charged with aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor in Roane County General Sessions Court.

    The warrant charging him was filed by Roane County Sheriff’s Office Detective Emily Ciaravino.

    According to Ciaravino’s warrant, the FBI got a search warrant for Wilson’s residence at 194 Shady Road.

  • Burglary suspect wants to recuse judge

    Larry Adkisson’s latest legal maneuver could delay his remaining cases in Roane County Criminal Court.

    He filed a motion to recuse Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks.

    The motion was addressed during a hearing on Sept. 26.

    “Judge Wicks denied the motion, and Larry notified the court he was going to appeal the denial,” Assistant District Attorney General Bob Edwards said.

    “Now we’re going to wait for the Court of (Criminal) Appeals.”

  • John Little conviction is upheld

    John Paul Little’s conviction on sex crimes will stand.

    A Roane County jury convicted him on four counts of child rape in 2016.

    Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks later sentenced him to 120 years in prison. Little appealed his conviction, arguing that the evidence against him was insufficient.

    The Court of Criminal Appeals disagreed and upheld the conviction.



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    Students at Midway Elementary School are amazed while watching the skytrim brought there by Brewster Services Group. The huge tool can cut back trees and brush up to 90 feet in the air. Midway Elementary School held their first career connection day on Friday on the heels of their STEM school designation earlier this year. The day was centered on service oriented careers. Students were able to meet the representatives of each company and ask questions about the variety of jobs on display.

  • Rockwood man threatens, spits on Rockwood officer

    By Richard Evans
    A Rockwood man was arrested Tuesday on charges of disorderly conduct, resisting stop, frisk, halt arrest (no weapon), obstructing service of a process, and assault (involving law enforcement officer).
    Officer Daniel Jeffries responded to a domestic call and found a woman standing on the front porch.
    She informed the officer that James Scott Riano was inside the house and that he was drunk and being very aggressive.
    The officer said he tried to speak with him, but Riano was very loud and disrespectful.

  • Optimist Club celebrates 50th year of service

    The Kingston Optimist Club has worked for a half century to further a positive vision that will help children and others in need.

    The organization was recognized by a proclamation from the city of Kingston acknowledging 50 years of service to the Kingston community. The proclamation  encourages the organization to continue its good work.

    “The members of the Optimist Club of Kingston, Tennessee and their youth have been a constant in the lives of the people of Kingston since September 9, 1968,” the proclamation reads.

  • International president visits Civitan

    The Rockwood Civitan Club entertained a special guest at a recent meeting.

    International Civitan President Kendyl Massey attended the meeting held at the Rockwood Community Center to preside over the installation of new Rockwood Civitan president Nathan Howard.

    A resident of Maryville, Massey said she enjoys travelling around the world and the country visiting other Civitan groups.

  • Woman runs from police in Walmart

    A woman who allegedly ran from a police officer inside Walmart last month was charged with criminal trespassing.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Chris Kennedy was dispatched to the business on Thursday, Sept. 27, about a suspicious person.

    “The caller told dispatch a female who was wearing a camo hat and shirt was in the cosmetic section who appeared to be high,” the report said.

    “The caller also told dispatch the female subject was asking people if the police were here.”