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  • Donice Butler case may be settled sans hearing

    Harriman attorney Donice Butler might not have to face her accusers at a disciplinary hearing next month.
    This no-go could have nothing to do with a continuance in the case, either.
    On Wednesday, Butler said she is in the process of working to resolve the matter with the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility.
    If negotiations go well, she said the hearing won’t be necessary and the case would be over.
    Some former clients have accused Butler of wrongdoing.

  • Bounty hunters at wrong house, lawsuit contends

    A Harriman family is seeking $525,000 in damages from an Alabama bail bond company and two bounty hunters.
    Attorney Scott McCluen filed the lawsuit in Roane County Circuit Court on Monday against Ruben Brown, Michael Anthony Henderson Jr. and Learnest Wilson.
    They are accused of assault, aggravated assault, aggravated criminal trespass, false imprisonment and reckless endangerment.
    Brown owns Affordable Bail Bonds of Montgomery, Ala. According to the lawsuit, he posted a $1,000 bond for a Kayla Inman in Montgomery Municipal Court in August 2012.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Hope is that bum knee can be fixed, not replaced

    A couple of years ago, my doctor made one of those scrunched-up faces he gets when talking about my left knee.
    It’s a face that says, indirectly, I’m looking at a bionic knee or two down the road.
    Those of you who have followed me for the past 11 years or so know I’m no stranger to surgery. At least one of them saved my life.
    But this is one surgery I don’t want to have.
    Not now.
    Not ever.
    After last year’s talk with my doc, I backed down on my hiking. I quit trying to run. I put away my tennis racquet.

  • Harriman Garden Club decks Riverfront display for fall

     

    Jamie Russell, left, Harriman Garden club vice president, and Bridget Stricker add the finishing touches to the fall garden display at Riverfront Park in Harriman. “Everyone just loved it so much that we decided to do it bigger this year,” said Pat Ramsey, president. Club members said this year they are planning on decorating for the winter holidays as well. Harriman Garden Club celebrated its 55-year anniversary last week with a picnic drawing almost 30 people.
     

  • Rockwood man stabbed in Wartburg

    One man was in intensive care and another facing charges following a stabbing incident in Wartburg.

    Wartburg Police were called to Roane Medical Center around 5 a.m. Sunday to investigate a report of a stabbing that had allegedly occurred near the intersection of Hwys. 27 and 62 in Wartburg.

    According to authorities, Harold Gene Raby, 39, 207 Elm Grove St. in Loudon, and his wife, Janice Bramblett, gave Warren Dyer, 27, Rockwood, a ride from Kroger in Midtown to Wartburg.

  • New HHA director can relate

    Amy Hall, Harriman Housing Authority’s new director, isn’t just experienced in working in public housing.
    She knows what it is like to live there.
    “It was a lonely life,” she said.

    Hall said she was raised by a single mother and lived at the housing project at Fiske Heights for 14 years.
    “We moved in when I was 4 years old and moved out when I was 18.”

  • FURLOUGHED: EPA ash spill cleanup chief must sit it out

    Federal government shutdowns have sidelined a key figure in the ash spill cleanup at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant.
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is overseeing cleanup of the TVA ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant.
    Craig Zeller, project manager for the EPA, said he has been furloughed because of the government shutdown.
    He said oversight of the cleanup project is not being impacted, however.

  • Two arrested in Bluff Road holdup

    Two people were arrested on Monday in connection with an alleged armed robbery over the weekend.
    According to a press release from the Roane County Sheriff’s Office, a man walked into the Rocky Top Market on Bluff Road, pointed a handgun at clerks and demanded money.
    The press release listed Mark Andrew Randolph, 35, and Rufena Jean Bunch as suspects.
    Randolph is charged with aggravated armed robbery and possession of drugs.
    Bunch, 26, is charged with possession of drugs.

  • Truck-part maker fined by TDEC

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation fined DAYCAB Co. Inc. $2,825 last month. The Rockwood company makes commercial truck parts.
    The fine was for failure to apply for proper environmental permits and for damages TDEC incurred during its investigation.
    TDEC officials  conducted an inspection in October 2012. They said spray booths, a lamination area, grinding and other equipment were operating without construction and operating permits.

  • McCarroll vote still up in air

    If convicted sex offender Richard Keith McCarroll is allowed to vote, Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said his office can’t make McCarroll mail in his ballot.
    “If he wants to vote personally, he’ll be able to vote personally,” Holiway said.
    Kingston attorney Chris Cawood is representing McCarroll in his effort to regain the right to vote. Cawood sees no reason why McCarroll should have to mail in his ballot, even though some voters take their children to the polls.