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Missing man was last seen leaving Rockwood bank on Monday

(WBIR-ROCKWOOD) The Rockwood Police Department is asking for help to find a missing man.

According to a post on their Facebook page, Johnny Bass was last seen leaving the Regions Bank in Rockwood on December 1.  He didn't make it back to work in the Industrial Park and has not returned to his home in Harriman.

Elderly woman trapped in crashed car for a day

(WBIR-ROANE COUNTY)  A Roane County deputy and mail carrier are being credited with spotting a car that crashed down an embankment the day before. Trapped inside the car was an 80-year-old woman who'd been unable to free herself.

According to the Roane County Sheriff's Office's Facebook page, Kathy Payne was on her route on Joiner Hollow Road Monday when she noticed where the car left the road. She called 911, and Capt. Tim Hawn went out to investigate.

Road closed for months by massive Harriman fire to reopen


(WBIR-HARRIMAN) A street closed for months in downtown Harriman is expected to reopen Thursday.

Crews closed Hwy. 27 (Roane Street) after a massive fire in January caused the old Miller and Brewer building to collapse


Kingston man charged with child rape

(WBIR-KINGSTON) A Roane County man is facing child rape charges.
A Roane County grand jury indicted Matthew Fonza Smith, 28, of Kingston, last week.
He faces three counts of child rape and one could of aggravated sexually battery.

According to court documents, Smith is accused of sexually assaulting a young girl over the course of two years.


Harriman fire chief on leave during investigation

(WBIR-HARRIMAN) Harriman's fire chief is on leave while city officials investigate several complaints filed against him.

According to Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms, Chief Brad Goss was placed on administrative leave on Tuesday. Helms would not go into details about the complaints against Goss, but said his office was looking into them.

He hopes to have the matter resolved soon, but that will depend on when he is able to speak with those involved.

Teacher OK after being bitten by bat at school

(WBIR-KINGSTON)  School officials think recent flooding is to blame for a bat that bit a teacher.

​Gary Aytes, Director of Roane County Schools, says the teacher was bitten when she reached for what she thought was dust in a wreath hanging in her classroom. Instead, it was a small bat that bit her on the thumb.

The bat did not have rabies, and the teacher is okay.

Roane County Captain saves man from drowning