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  • Dog rescue mixes family, community

    “Welcome to chaos,” Stephanie House, 64, said upon entering her and her husband John’s Dogwood Animal Rescue Monday afternoon.

    The House family has operated their rescue facility, a licensed foster program through Boston Terrier Rescue of East Tennessee, from their home on Dogwood Road in Rockwood’s Ozone community for the past two years.

  • Ohio exotic animal mess gets Roane attention

    Emergency officials in one Ohio town had their hands full earlier this week after dozens of wild animals, including lions, tigers and bears, were let loose from a sanctuary.

    “These animals were on the move,” Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz said during a press conference Wednesday. “They were showing aggressive behavior. Once the nightfall hit, our biggest concern was having these animals roaming.”

    Reports said the owner of the sanctuary let the animals out of their cages before shooting himself.

  • Man charged in fatal car accident

    Dylan Seth Headrick, 20, was arrested Wednesday on charges of vehicular homicide.

    On June 20, Headrick, who was 19 at the time, was traveling north on Gateway Avenue near Jerry’s Bait Shop in Rockwood when he collided head-on with Rockwood resident Nancy Hill.

    LifeStar confirmed Hill dead while preparing to transfer her to medical facilities in Knoxville.

    Headrick was transported via LifeStar for a puncture wound.

  • Handling of bike fatality case draws praise from widow

    The widow of an Oak Ridge man who was killed while riding his bicycle was appreciative of how the District Attorney General’s Office handled the case.

    On Aug. 25, 2009, John Daugherty was riding his bicycle on Gallaher Road when he was struck by a Toyota Tacoma driven by Anthony Justin Patterson of Molino, Fla. Daugherty died at the scene.

    Patterson was later indicted for criminal negligent homicide and a bicycle protection charge.

  • Farmer, Ruppe pitch to Rockwood

    Three candidates well versed in local government rounded out the interviews for the city administrator position in Rockwood.
    The final interviews involved former Roane County Executive Mike Farmer, former Morgan County Executive Becky Ruppe and former Crossville administrator Jack Miller.
    Rockwood City Council will meet at 3:30 p.m. Thursday to select a candidate from the seven interviewed.

  • LOC vote is tabled

    A resolution to dissolve the Oak Ridge Reservation Local Oversight Committee has been tabled.
    The decision, made by the watchdog committee’s board of directors last week, may have come down to a simple matter of math. 
    “Mayor Tom Beehan of Oak Ridge was instructed not to vote to dissolve the LOC,” Board Chairwoman Ellen Smith said. “I think they (supporters of dissolution) were counting around the room and realized they didn’t have enough votes.”

  • Tidwell leaving a legacy of success

    After years of helping Harriman navigate bureaucratic red tape, Harriman City Coordinator Bob Tidwell will be retiring at the end of December.

    “I’m tired,” Tidwell said. “It’s not anything to do with anybody or anything.

    Tidwell has snowy hair, but with his exuberance and friendly penchant for talking, he hardly looks his age.

    Tidwell spent years in the government sector including in public works at Rockwood and at the Harriman City School System.

  • Insurance agent 'person of interest' in homicide investigation

    A Knoxville insurance agent is a “person of interest” in the homicide investigation of a 23-year-old woman found dead in Roane County.
    Brooke Morris’ body was found at Blair Road and Old Blair Road on Saturday around 8 p.m. Shortly afterward, authorities issued a “be-on-the-lookout” alert for a suspect, identified in dispatch records as Shawn Smoot of Knoxville.
    “We know he has had associations with her in the past,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.
    The sheriff said Smoot was questioned over the weekend and released.
    “He is a person of interest,” Stockton said.

  • ‘Major’ industry eyeing Roane site

    According to a resolution on Roane County Commission’s tentative agenda, a major industry is finalizing plans to construct a distribution facility in the Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody, who submitted the resolution, would not disclose the identity of the industry.

    The county commission meets today – Monday – at the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston at 7 p.m.

    The resolution is to apply for an industrial access road grant to service the unnamed industry.

  • Land value to stand for assessor’s ex-husband

    An administrative judge has denied Steve Kirkham’s request to have his 2010 property appraisals thrown out.

    Kirkham, a local convenience store magnate, was once married to Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham. The two went through a heated divorce that his lawyer said included “great animus coupled with animosity and rancor.”