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  • Iowa fugitive nabbed, teen runaway found

    Roane County sheriff’s deputies apprehended an Iowa fugitive and discovered an underage runaway in his company on Thursday.

    The fugitive, 25-year-old William Theodore Nicely Jr. of Batavia, Iowa, and the 15-year-old girl were found at a trailer at 132 Eblen Cave Road.

    Nicely was wanted for sexual assault in the third degree with full extradition, according to sheriff reports.

    “We don’t know why they came to Roane County,” Roane County Sheriff’s Capt. Tim Hawn said.

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  • Gallaher manslaughter trial postponed

    Eric Gallaher’s voluntary manslaughter trial scheduled for Tuesday in Roane County Criminal Court has been postponed.

    “He’s a little disappointed,” defense attorney Donice Butler said. “He wants it over with.”

    The state recently secured the services of an expert witness in the case, and the parties said that’s the reason for the delay.

  • Sheriff’s office preparing for spring citizens academy

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is planning a citizens academy this spring.

    The group will meet from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. each Thursday from April 17-May 29. The final meeting will include a graduation ceremony.

    “The academy is a community-oriented policing program promoting a better relationship between the sheriff’s office and the community it serves,” the sheriff’s office said in a press release.

    There is no cost to attend.

  • Wicks taking on state with mastery of world geography

    Sam Wicks knows his way around a map.

    The Cherokee Middle School seventh-grader is a semi-finalist eligible to compete in the 2014 Tennessee State Geographic Bee on April 4.

    It is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now its 26th year.

    “I just hope I know some of the stuff,” Sam said.

    He said he works hard studying geography and enjoys it.

    “I just thought it was interesting,” he said.

    His parents couldn’t be more proud, if a little surprised.

  • Family takes electronics breaks in tech-driven society

    Teens and preteens dive into technology today.

    For parents, it can be a fine line for how much their children partake, and concerns about how young people navigate online is also a concern.

    The Shillings and Hardin family have taken a tougher approach than others. Though dedicated to seeing their children enjoy technology, they also want them to come up for air and be active.

    “I just think it is cautious,” Mae Ann Shillings said. “It is trying to teach them to be careful and try to be responsible.”

  • Air Force Band visits RCHS

    The United States Air Force Band of Mid-America Midwest Winds Woodwind Quintet were guest performers at Roane County High School earlier this month.
    "We want to encourage them to continue their education," Master Sergeant Robert Jordan, bassoonist, said.
    Students from Cherokee Middle School were also invited to join in on the performance.
    Zack Williamson, RCHS band director, said it is always great to have professionals come in an play for our students.

  • Rocky Houston appeals federal verdict

    A week.

    That's how long it took Rocky Houston to contest the guilty verdict returned in his federal firearms case.

    Defense attorney Michael McGovern filed a renewed motion for an acquittal on Wednesday, contending the evidence in the case was insufficient to sustain a conviction.

    The jury who heard the case felt differently.

    After deliberating for less than two hours on March 19, they found Houston guilty of being a convicted felon in possession of firearms.

  • Harriman man helps find plane

    From staff reports

    A Harriman man was part of a Tennessee Wing Civil Air Patrol team that helped locate an aircraft that went missing Monday on its way to Indiana.

    The plane was located in the Cherokee National Forest in Monroe County, Tenn., by three crew members, including 2nd Lt. Thomas Frye of Harriman, as well as pilot, Maj. Tommy Jones, Kodak, and Capt. Clarence Juneau of Oak Ridge.

  • School board members get copies of ‘Sharia Law’ books

    It's not unusual for people to hand out things at school board meetings.

    That doesn't mean board members aren't surprised sometimes at the things they get.

    Val McNabb, chairman of the Roane County Tea Party, passed out books on Sharia Law at this month's board meeting.

    “I wasn't expecting that,” school board Chairman Everett Massengill said.

    The book – “Sharia Law for Non-Muslims” – was published by the Center for the Study of Political Islam.