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  • Suspect in 2017 home invasion, other crimes enters guilty plea

    Jordan Taylor Crabtree decided not to fight the cases he has pending in Roane County Criminal Court.

    The 20-year-old appeared before Judge Jeff Wicks on Tuesday and pleaded guilty in three of them.

    “Is there anything about this agreement that you don’t understand?” Wicks asked.

    “No, sir,” Crabtree responded.

    One of the cases involved a home invasion and robbery from 2017, in which a woman was reportedly struck with a baseball bat and suffered a broken arm.

  • Kingston joins others in legal action on TVA

    The Kingston City Council Tuesday voted unanimously to authorize the engagement of counsel to pursue legal action related to the 2008 ash spill.

    The resolution authorizes legal counsel to file suit as needed against TVA, Jacobs Engineering and or any other responsible party for the damages to the city of Kingston and its citizens.

    Council retired to executive session for more than a half hour of discussion with the city attorney before returning to approve the resolution.

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  • County delays discussion on Roane Academy

    The Roane County Commission deferred two resolutions on Roane Academy during Monday’s regular meeting at the courthouse.

    “I’m doing this to encourage state officials to come in here because really they’re ultimately the ones who regulate this,” Commissioner Darryl Meadows said.

    Meadows made the motion to defer the resolutions for 60 days. It passed unanimously.

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  • Jacobs asking for new trial

    Erroneous. That’s how attorneys for Jacobs Engineering Group describe the verdict a federal jury returned against the company last month.

    “The verdict form proposed by plaintiffs and adopted by the court in the Phase I trial in this bifurcated action is legally defective,” Jacobs said in a motion for a new trial.

  • Harriman addresses Evergreen Drive safety issues

    By Richard Evans

    The Harriman City Council was presented with several options toward addressing concerns about speeding on Evergreen Drive last Tuesday.

    At the Nov. 20 Harriman City Council meeting, a resident complained about speeding vehicles on the street and the presence of children in the area.

    He requested that speed bumps be installed to slow traffic on the street.

    Mayor Wayne Best promised that the city would look at how best to remedy the problem.

  • Buckingham enters plea in plot to kill her child’s father

    The state got what it wanted in the Laura Buckingham murder-for-hire case without having to go to trial.

    The ex-Marine turned baker pleaded guilty as charged in Roane County Criminal Court on Tuesday.

    “You realize by pleading guilty here today you will not have a trial in this case,” Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks asked.

    “Yes, your honor,” she responded.

    Buckingham, 32, was charged with solicitation to commit first-degree murder in 2016.

  • County to take action on Roane Academy

    The Roane County Commission paved the way for Roane Academy to locate in the Roane County Industrial Park in 2014.

    “It’s not only providing jobs, but these kids are in need,” then Commissioner Chris Johnson said at the time.

    “What a great opportunity for our county to step up.”

    The County’s position on Roane Academy has changed significantly since then. So much so that there are two resolutions on the agenda for today’s County Commission meeting that could create problems for the facility.

  • RWSG to start work on offices

    By Richard Evans

    Rockwood residents will soon see the fruits of the investment in downtown made by Rockwood Water Sewer and Gas.

    Through the city government, RWSG purchased three lots at the corner of Front Street and West Rockwood Street for the purpose of constructing an office building for their billing, administrative and mapping staff, according to Kim Ramsey, general manager of RWSG.

    She said they have contracted with an architect who is currently designing the site for construction.