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  • Building’s owners, past and present, rallied for Academy

    The multiple incidents that have occurred at Roane Academy this summer haven’t swayed businessman Steve Kirkham’s opinion about the facility.

    “I would like to see the community embrace them and give them an opportunity,” he said this week.

    Kirkham owns the property at 503 Cardiff Valley Road, which is where Roane Academy is located.

    “All I am is the landlord there,” he said.

    The facility is operated by Omni Visions.

  • Houston keeping attorney for retrial

    Leon Houston is tentatively facing a Sept. 29 retrial date in federal court.

    Houston, found guilty in November 2013 of making a threat via interstate commerce, had his conviction overturned in July, when the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals determined Houston’s jury was improperly instructed.

    Houston appeared Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Pamela Reeves and U.S. Magistrate Judge C. Clifford Shirley Jr. at the federal courthouse in Knoxville.

    It was the first court appearance since the conviction was overturned.

  • Rockwood gets $250,000 for home repairs

    Rockwood formally kicked off the process for a $250,000 HOME grant it received.

    The grant will enable the city to help several homeowners renovate their homes in disrepair.

    Rockwood is also hoping to make a bigger impact if they are awarded a neighborhood stabilization grant through the Community Development Block Grant program.

    “If we get our CDBG in the next few weeks ― and we think we will ― then that will be about 10 more houses we can fix because it will be $500,000,” said City Administrator Becky Ruppe.

  • Three apply for criminal court judge

    Porsche Lyn Shantz and Walter B. Johnson joined Roane County General Sessions Court Judge Jeff Wicks as applicants for the criminal court judge vacancy in the 9th Judicial District.

    Johnson is an assistant public defender and Shantz is a staff attorney for the Tennessee Court of Appeals.

    E. Eugene Eblen, the district’s current criminal court judge, is retiring at the end of the year.

    The deadline to submit applications for the seat was originally set for Sept. 1.

  • Time for businesses off tax rolls to pay up

    Roane County will try to collect some of the property tax revenue that was forgone due to new construction not being picked up by the assessor’s office.

    Trustee Wilma Eblen said Property Assessor David Morgan recently provided her office with information that allowed it to bill the property owners for the 2014 tax year.

    “They have 60 days to pay without penalty,” Eblen said.

    Eblen said her office has received calls from some of the property owners that bills have been sent to.

  • 6-year-old burn victim airlifted
  • 4-wheeler frenzy ends with ATV ramming cruiser

    Rockwood police pursued a man on a four-wheeler Saturday evening that ended when the four wheeler hit the back of a patrol car.

    Two police cruisers hemmed in a four-wheeler when the front vehicle, driven by Officer Rick Thomas, slowed down for oncoming traffic.

    The four-wheeler then rear-ended Thomas’ vehicle, police reports said.

    The passengers on the four-wheeler, Joshua E. Britton and Dustin L. Norton, were treated at the scene for scrapes and bruises.

  • TCI recertifies Roane County Jail

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton enjoyed his trip back from Nashville on Sept. 2.

    He attended the Tennessee Corrections Institute Board of Control meeting, where its members recertified the Roane County Jail.

    “That will secure our certification for another year,” Stockton said. “I’m very grateful they were lenient with us.”

    If the jail continues to have problems with overcrowding year after year, Stockton said he’s not sure if the leniency will last.

  • Miller & Brewer block demolition delayed a bit

    The buildings in Harriman’s Miller & Brewer block of Roane Street will be soon coming down.

    A timeline for the project showed demolition of the remaining structures was supposed to start this week, or immediately after Labor Day, with completion estimated to be Oct. 31.

    “The last update I received indicated that it would begin on Monday,” Sept. 14, Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms said.