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  • Court secrecy ruling chilling

    By ERIK SCHELZIG
    The Associated Press
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Transparency advocates are warning about the ramifications of a recent Tennessee appeals court ruling that “high government officials” can keep documents secret if they deem them part of their decision-making process.

  • Rockwood sports complex vandalized

    Bathrooms at Rockwood’s Mike “Brillo” Miller Sports Complex were vandalized this weekend.

    City Recorder Becky Ruppe said three handles were torn from sinks, and soap dispensers were ripped off the walls. Park and recreation director Jody Mioduski said the sink damage was in the women’s bathroom next to the press box, while the soap dispensers were broken in both men and women’s rooms.

    “It is really sad,” Mioduski said.

    He estimated the damage around $200.

  • Special guest at firing range
  • Real bananas, no monkey business

    Some in Rockwood might think they are in the tropics with the unusual vegetation that has sprouted on Abels Valley Road.

    Ray and Raylene Myers have eight bananas trees growing in their yard.

    The oldest tree has been growing for 12 years, and this is the first year it has produced any fruit.

    “Never thought we’d ever see a banana,” Ray said.  

    Their son Edward gave his mother her first banana plant.

    “My wife just took off with it,” Ray said.

  • Loose change rejected by HUB

    It’s hard for Wendy Jackson to keep her lights on.

    She felt helpless when she went to Harriman Utility Board last week after her most recent outage and brought money she’d begged from family and friends — some of it in change jars.

    It was shortly before closing, and the clerks initially denied her the coins before changing their minds.

    “I had $281,” Jackson said. “They (originally) refused to take my change because it wasn’t rolled.”

  • More to come on greenway

    The gates are open and the ribbons are cut.

    So what’s next for the Ladd Greenway?

    We’ll know soon, after Kingston City Manager David Bolling gets word back from Tennessee Department of Transportation.

    But there are plans aplenty, for both the short term and the long haul, as local officials seek to make the greenway a fully realized, full-service park.

  • County hopes to sweeten Plateau deal

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody got unanimous approval on a resolution that calls for renegotiation of the Plateau Partnership Park deal.

    “I think everybody is aware we didn’t get a fair shake on that deal,” Commissioner Steve Kelley said. “Roane County definitely ended up holding the short end of the stick.”

    Plateau Partnership Park is a joint industrial park venture between Roane, Cumberland and Morgan counties.

    All of the land is in Cumberland and Morgan counties.

  • Gallaher attorney negotiating plea in Grill & Pub death

    Eric Gallaher may never face a jury in his manslaughter case. His attorney, Donice Butler, said they’ve had discussions with the District Attorney General’s Office about a possible plea deal that would resolve the case without having to go to trial.

    Butler said Gallaher might enter a plea if they can “negotiate one that he could live with.”

    “I wouldn’t want to release the details of that plea unless and until we’re ready to enter it,” she said.

  • Racers feel at home in Roane event

    Cyclists saw the beauty of Roane County firsthand this weekend.

    Cyclists and their bikes filled the roadways for the Roane County Omnium, a cycling event that included a timed race in Harriman, races in Rockwood’s historic downtown area and a road race in Kingston that culminated in the South of the River area.

    “It was beautiful,” said Johnny Hayes of the Village Volkswagen team.

    “I absolutely loved the course. It was one of the better courses I’ve raced on in a long time.”

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