Federal Authorities Raid Roane County Property


Roane County (WVLT) - Federal agents in Roane County swarmed a small apartment property Friday, and the FBI is still being very tight lipped about the search.

However, they have told us this is an investigation into the theft of supplies from East Tennessee Technology Park in Oak Ridge, that's the DOE run facility that used to be K25.

Volunteer TV's Allison Hunt spoke with residents in the area who were shocked to see the FBI there Friday.

Although little is known about the investigation, residents there saw a scene they usually do not in the small town. FBI agents, THP troopers and others covering a small apartment property. Although shocked to see the feds, relieved to know they are safe.

"It's always been a quiet community," nearby residents say

But a buzz was created after FBI agents searched this rental property on Old Highway 70 between Midtown and Harriman.

"This is like a really small community and for somebody, for them, the FBI to be around here you think it's something like really, really bad," resident Bridgett Woodward said.

Serious, but not harmful. The FBI says there is no danger to the public.
They also say the search was an investigation into the theft of government property, namely supplies from East Tennessee Technology Park in Oak Ridge.

"Thank God it was really nothing major. It's better than a meth lab or something like that that could be really harmful to the community," resident Geen Gordan said.

Although people on the Jayro Properties grounds told us they could not talk, just down the road at the Tri-cities Bowling Alley, residents couldn't stop talking about it.

"I didn't know what was going on so it was kind of freaky because whenever you don't know what's going on, you don't know what to expect," Woodward said.

Angie Jones drove by the commotion Friday afternoon.

"There was several white trucks, several state troopers blocking the whole apartment place," Jones said.

And to Bridgett Woodward's surprise, an unusual number of officers.

"I just seen a bunch of FBI agents out there. They were pretty much just driving around and looking around," Woodward said.

Although strange to the small community of Midtown, the protection is appreciated.

"It makes you feel very comfortable that they're here and trying to protect us and see what's going on," Woodward said.

So far there have been no arrests and no suspects, at least that is what police are willing to tell us. Again, they are saying there is no danger to the public. We'll of course continue to follow this story and have new developments as they become available.


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