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  • Mayfield may get diversion

    Michael Mayfield is seeking judicial diversion in his tire-stem cutting case against staff of his father’s political opponent.

    Judicial diversion allows a defendant to enter a plea of guilty and later have it removed from his record provided he follows certain conditions.

    Mayfield, 33, is the son of Mayfield Dairy Farms president Scottie Mayfield.

  • The old heave-ho

     

    With a crew to help him line up things, Ronnie Beard operates a backhoe at a drainage project just above Ladd Landing in Kingston. The men were working at the scene last week.

  • Firefighter’s 30-years’ service celebrated

    Harry “Junior” Henderson made a career out of firefighting for the Rockwood Fire Department.

    After almost 28 years of full-time firefighting, not counting the years he volunteered for the department, he’s decided to put down the hose and head to the house.

    “Brother, I’m going to miss you, and I salute you for your service,” said Chief Mike Wertz during a proclamation for Henderson at a recent Rockwood City Council meeting.

  • County to seek park director

    Roane County is looking for a new parks and recreation director.
    County Executive Ron Woody said Tony Brown informed him recently that he was leaving the position to go work for the road department, which will be under new leadership on Sept. 1 when Brown’s friend Dennis Ferguson takes over.
    “I did not get a resignation letter from him, but he did come in and we had a discussion,” Woody said. “He’s going with Dennis Ferguson.”

  • Harriman acts quickly on greens

    There is no play at the Emory Golf Course in Harriman right now, and Harriman officials decided to move quickly to fix it.
    “The greens are basically circles of sand,” said Councilman Kenyon Mee, who sits on the golf board.
    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said he had spoken to city attorney Harold Balcom and said they could make an emergency purchase of new grass, a more sturdy variety that can weather the dry, hot summers of the future, before the city’s next council meeting.

  • Artifact inspires Civil War story

    A Civil War artifact found decades ago on an East Roane County farm is the inspiration of a book by newly published author Shirley McCracken.
    The Breastplate is a 264-page historical novel about families whose lives were torn apart by the war and the courage of one woman as she struggled to keep her family intact.
    “It’s not so much about the war as it is about the effects of the war on the people involved,” McCracken said.

  • United Way touches lives of all Roane Countians

    Most Roane Countians likely don’t realize it, but every day they count on services funded by their local United Way.
    Whether it’s volunteer firemen responding to a house fire, the rescue squad rushing to the scene of a traffic accident or a student getting financial assistance to pay for college classes, funding from the Roane County United Way helped provide the resources.
    “Every Roane County citizen is served by the United Way,” said Terry Futrell, vice chairman of the board.

  • Roofer’s legal woes not over, charges pending

    Problems continue to mount for roofer Joshua Lee Miles. He has criminal charges pending against him in Roane County General Sessions Court for theft and passing a bad check.
    A civil action was also brought against Miles, 39, in sessions court for an unrelated matter. The plaintiff in the civil case – Jearl Borum – received a judgement of $5,350 against him for a roofing job.
    Miles was unavailable for comment, according to his mother, Vivian Miles.

  • Plaintiffs beat TVA

    A federal judge has ruled in favor of the plaintiffs and against TVA in litigation over the ash spill that occurred at the Kingston Fossil Plant.
    “Specific nondiscretionary conduct on the part of TVA caused the failure of the coal ash containment dike at TVA’s KIF (Kingston Fossil Plant) on Dec. 22, 2008, and that, but for the nondiscretionary conduct described above, the dike failure would not have occurred,” U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan determined.

  • New city hall a dream come true

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    Several onlookers remarked that it was “a good day for the city.”
    Longtime City Councilman Don White called it “all my dreams come true, right here,” adding that “we’ve got everything we need in place now.”
    And Mayor Troy Beets grandly pronounced it “a very historic day in Kingston.”
    They were all referring to the Aug. 21 closing on the Kingston Medical Plaza in Ladd Landing, soon to be transformed into Kingston’s new City Hall.