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  • You say tomato, I say ...

    Rockwood police gave a teenager a warning last week after a marijuana plant was reportedly found sitting by his window.

    The teen told the police he thought it was a tomato plant.

    The incident happened on June 21. According to the report, Terry Steelman told Officer Patrick Richard that his neighbor was “growing marijuana in the window.”

    Police Chief Bill Stinnett, Capt. Kelly Pittman and Richard responded to 305 W. Dunn St., to investigate Steelman’s claim.

  • Sex crime indictments handed down

    A Rockwood man turned himself in at the Roane County Jail last week following his indictment on alleged sex crimes.

    Daniel Kerns, 23, is charged with three counts of aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of sexual exploitation of a minor.

    According to the indictment, he knowingly distributed material that included a minor engaged in sexual activity.

    Court records listed Kerns’ address as 917 Bayless St., Rockwood. He showed up at the jail Friday morning to turn himself in.

  • Scuffling woman’s wound initially resembled gunshot

    Harriman police responded to an altercation between a man and woman near the Quilt Shop on South Roane Street in the early morning hours Sunday.

    Initially law enforcement thought the injured woman may be suffering from a gunshot wound, but Harriman Chief Kenny Humphrey said it’s possible the intoxicated woman was struck in the arm by something on a passing train based on the injuries to her right arm.

    “They did get in a bit of a scuffle but it was not him shooting her like we originally thought,” Humphrey said.

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  • Trio running for governor in Roane Thurs.

    Three major gubernatorial candidates will be in Roane County on Thursday.

    Democrat Karl Dean and Republican Bill Lee have confirmed they’ll be at the Roane County Road Department’s annual community picnic, said Road Supervisor Dennis Ferguson.

    The picnic, which will also host U.S. Senate Democratic candidate Phil Bredesen, will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Roane County Park, Midtown.

    Lee will kick off his day with a “meet-and-greet” reception at 11 a.m. at the Roane Alliance office at 1209 N. Kentucky St., Kingston.

  • Rockwood police find stolen gun during traffic stop

    Rockwood police reported finding pills, drug paraphernalia and a stolen firearm during a traffic stop last week.

    A 25-year-old man with a Maryville address is facing charges in the incident.

    According to the report, Rockwood officer Chris Kennedy spotted a BMW speeding at 11:49 p.m. on Thursday.

    Kennedy stopped the BMW in the 1300 block of North Gateway Avenue.

  • Watkins names OSMS principal

    Oliver Springs Middle School will have a new principal for the 2018-19 school year.

    Roane County Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said Paige Wright has been hired as principal to succeed Nancy Wilson.

    “Ms. Wright’s going to do an amazing job at Oliver Springs Middle School to serve those students and continue the legacy that Nancy has begun,” Watkins said.

    Wright has been in education for 15 years.

  • Police find suspected heroin on fugitive

    A woman wanted in Virginia on drug charges was found in Rockwood with suspected heroin on June 18.

    Nikki Nicole Patterson, 30, was charged with being a fugitive from justice and possession of heroin.

    According to the report, Rockwood police went to Meadows Apartments to investigate a report of suspicious people in a car.

    “We saw the car in question and a female sitting behind the steering wheel and a male standing outside the passenger side,” the report said. “When the male saw police cars he quickly got into the car.”

  • Board sets contract for Aytes as director

    Interim Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes now has a contract.

    The Board of Education approved it 9-0 during Thursday’s meeting.

    According to the terms, the contract is for 180 “working days” starting on July 9.

    “It’s not 180 calendar days, it’s 180 working days,” Board Chairman Rob Jago explained after the meeting. “We pay him by working day.”

    According to the contract, Aytes will be paid $461.54 per day.

  • Dothard giving Rockwood swimming pool a boost

    One of the biggest advocates for the Rockwood City pool is now an employee.

    Teacher Cassandra Dothard is now a part-time manager at the Rockwood Community Center pool.

    City administrator Becky Ruppe explained that Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller asked her to try and build up the pool participation.

    “It’s worked. I think the kids (attending) have doubled,” said Ruppe.

    Ruppe said Dothard is also helping to document attendance, water use and other figures.