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  • Fire destroys home of riverboat head

    Emergency responders from multiple departments tackled a fully engulfed Ten Mile home Thursday night.

    Francie Harkenrider, manager of the former Watts Bar Belle riverboat at Kingston, lost her home at 360 Half Moon Shores Drive in a roaring blaze that was reported to authorities around 8:30 p.m.

    “It’s a million-dollar-home gone. Gone,” said Harkenrider’s son Nick.

    “We’ve lost half of our family pets ... my mom has lost everything. All her valuables — everything.”

  • Cumberland County jury decides Houstons must pay

    Tuesday’s court victory was bittersweet for Pat Brown.

    A Cumberland County jury found brothers Rocky and Leon Houston should pay more than $5 million because they are responsible for the May 2006 shooting death of her son.

    The decision wasn’t enough to take away the pain she’s felt for nearly six years. 

    “No amount of money can touch the hole in my heart,” she said. “Money can’t do that.”

  • Mistake complicates road project

    The opinion Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland gave the Roane County Commission earlier this month about the sale of land in front of Bowers Elementary School differed from the one attorney Charles Cagle gave the Board of Education.
    Cagle, who represents the board, said in February the board has the power to sell any property to which it holds title.
    “He was not wrong in his opinion,” McFarland said. “His opinion says hey, if you have title as a school board you can sell the property. Where the problem was they didn’t have title.”

  • Theater’s date card filling fast

    The Princess Theatre has a steady gig renting the facility on Sundays for the next six months.
    Harriman Courts of Praise Church is building a new sanctuary next to the existing church and will be renting the Princess starting Sunday, April 22. All are welcome for services starting at 11 a.m.
    Pastor Nick Hill is excited about the opportunity to bring his congregation to the theater for his upbeat services.
    “I always wanted to come here when I heard they were doing it,” Hill said.

  • Look-alike contests on again

    Start gathering your family photos for this year’s Roane County News mother-daughter and father-son look-alike contests.
    Once again, Roane County News will be giving out $100 worth of gift  cards for each contest.
    The winning look-alike mother and daughter will each receive a $50 gift card.
    The same goes for the winning father and son.
    Entrants can submit pictures that show the family similarities at any age. Photos might be infant shots of the mother and daughter, or current shots of the adult and child — together or separate.

  • Looseleaf Laureate by Terri Likens: One way to write your own creation story

    My boyfriend Derek’s parents live on a golf course in Western Kentucky, where they maintain a lovely landscape.
    Reid, Derek’s father, was trying to establish a flowering vine at the base of an accent boulder near the property line.
    An industrious man, Reid was at the big rock regularly, watering, fertilizing, weeding and working to get the vine to grow — but with little success.

  • Overall crime down, according TBI report

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on Thursday released the “Crime in Tennessee 2011” report which showed a 1.7% decrease in overall crimes reported in Tennessee in 2011 compared with 2010. This is third year in a row that reported offenses decreased when compared with the previous year.

  • ORNL research on glycine blurs boundaries

    The boundary between electronics and biology is blurring with the first detection by researchers at Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory of ferroelectric properties in an amino acid called glycine.
    A multi-institutional research team led by Andrei Kholkin of the University of Aveiro, Portugal, used a combination of experiments and modeling to identify and explain the presence of ferroelectricity, a property where materials switch their polarization when an electric field is applied, in the simplest known amino acid—glycine.

  • Remembering fallen officers

    The Fallen Officers Memorial at the Roane County Sheriff’s Office was dedicated earlier this month. Pictured from left are FOP president Shane Trew, Lynda Carter, Sheriff Jack Stockton, Tim Hawny and Daryl Cook.

  • Credit report errors

    While credit reports typically provide a complete and accurate look at credit history and tell a potential creditor how likely someone is to repay them, errors on credit reports can cost consumers.

    Misreported late payments and accounts that aren’t yours can affect the interest rate you pay when borrowing money and can, in some cases, prevent you from getting credit.