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  • Kingston cuts to avoid water rate hike

    Kingston City Council members are sticking to their decision to cut the Water and Sewer Department budget rather than vote for a rate increase.

    Council voted unanimously at a special-called meeting Tuesday to pass the 2018-19 budget with no rate increase for customers.

    Council had reviewed the Sewer and Water budget last week. Rather than asking ratepayers for a 5-percent increase, they asked City Manager David Bolling to cut 5 percent from the budget.

    Bolling presented a new budget with about $215,962 in proposed cuts.

  • Alleged burglars held at gunpoint

    A homeowner held two burglary suspects at gunpoint on Wednesday. The incident happened at 176 Honeysuckle Road, Harriman.

    Deputies with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office responded to investigate.

    “Upon arrival, I made contact with the homeowner who was standing in the doorway leading out to the garage and he was holding the subjects at gunpoint,” the report said. “I went into the garage and secured both subjects.”

    The suspects were identified as 28-year-old Tawny Michelle Inman and 30-year-old Robert Andrew Monroe.

  • Bus ride groping teenager indicted

    The Rockwood teen who allegedly sexually assaulted another student on a school bus was indicted by the Roane County grand jury last week.

    Guy William Hart, 19, is charged with sexual battery.

    The alleged assault occurred on April 19, 2017. Hart was a student at Rockwood High School at the time. According to a report filed in the case, the alleged victim had to sit beside him on the school bus because it was full.

    Hart is accused of touching her inappropriately multiple times during the ride.

  • Roane Academy escapee wanted by authorities

    Despite having a new owner, Roane Academy is dealing with the same problems.

    Three teens, two 17-year-olds and one 16-year-old, escaped from the facility on Monday around 1:30 a.m.

    One of the escapees, Kedontez Murray, was being sought by the Cookeville Police Department.

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  • New plate dedicated to suicide prevention

    The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network is reserving orders for the official Tennessee specialty license plate promoting suicide prevention.

    Authorized by the Tennessee General Assembly, the plate is in coordination with the Jason Foundation, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and other advocacy groups.

    “If Tennessee is able to have this license plate for suicide prevention, we will be taking another step forward towards saving lives in Tennessee,” said TSPN Executive Director Scott Ridgway.

  • 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.