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  • Fire damages Chuck's Deli

    A fire damaged Chuck's Deli on Unaka Street in Harriman late Friday, Dec. 28. Preliminary reports indicate two elderly individuals were treated for smoke inhalation.

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  • Trio jailed after meth, heroin seen

    Three people were arrested last week after meth and heroin were allegedly found in a vehicle they were in.

    The suspects, identified as Jacob Michael Goretski, Justin Dean Sexton and Melinda Sue Eaton, were each charged with methamphetamine – manufacture, delivery, sell or possess; schedule I controlled substances and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Chris Marney responded to the Rocky Top gas station about a possible drunk driver in a white car.

  • Trio jailed after meth, heroin seen

    Three people were arrested last week after meth and heroin were allegedly found in a vehicle they were in.

    The suspects, identified as Jacob Michael Goretski, Justin Dean Sexton and Melinda Sue Eaton, were each charged with methamphetamine – manufacture, delivery, sell or possess; schedule I controlled substances and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Chris Marney responded to the Rocky Top gas station about a possible drunk driver in a white car.

  • Truck more than just a Christmas gift

    By Richard Evans
    revans@roanecounty.com
    When Renae Smith woke up last Saturday morning she had no idea of the Christmas gift waiting for her.

    The year 2018 was tough for the Smith family. Her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and her 17-year old son Ethaniel was diagnosed with brain cancer. To make matters worse, they spent the summer without air conditioning in their home and a leaky roof.

  • NEED FOR SPEED

    Speed doesn’t intimidate 15-year-old Baylee Mize.

    It thrills her.

    “If I could race every day I definitely would. I gave up everything for this, all school sports,” Baylee said.

    She doesn’t just have a need for speed — she excels at it.

    Baylee was the 13-17 year old Jr. Dragster Champion at the NHRA Open National at Music City Raceway in Nashville this year. She finished out the year with a race in Mooresville, N.C. to end the season leading the points for 13+ Jr Dragsters in the NHRA Southeast Division.

  • Child predator arraigned by feds

    David Tyler Wilson made his first appearance in federal court on Dec. 20.

    The 24-year-old Oliver Springs man is facing two counts of production of child pornography, distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography.

    Wilson was arraigned and a federal defender was appointed to represent him during the court appearance. His trial was tentatively scheduled for Feb. 27.

  • Puckett sentencing again rescheduled in pill mill case

    The sentencing hearing for a Roane County woman who pled guilty in a federal pill conspiracy has been rescheduled again.

    Stephanie Puckett was scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 13, but the hearing was reset for June 3, 2019.

    Puckett pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone in 2015.

    According to court records, she worked at several pain clinics from mid-2012 to March 2015.

  • Roane adding four buses with seatbelts

    The four new 84-passenger buses Roane County Schools is planning to add to its fleet will have seat belts.

    “This is funded by a grant, so yes,” business manager Eric Harbin said about the seat belts. “The four new buses will have seat belts.”

    The cost of the buses are $110,493 each.

    “That’s just for the bus,” Harbin said. “That’s not for seat belts and extended warranty. That’s just for the bus.”

  • School director search process approved

    The Roane County Board of Education approved a tentative timeline and process for its search for a new director of schools.

    The matter was approved unanimously at the Dec. 13 board meeting.

    According to the tentative schedule, the board plans to advertise the position from Jan. 18 to Feb. 8.

    “Letters of intent and current resume will be sent and/or collected to Roane County Board office to attention of Danita White,” a piece of paper with the search information on it said.