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  • Appeals court stands behind decision to dismiss Houston suit

    Senior Judge Walter Kurtz’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Leon Houston will stand.

    The Tennessee Court of Appeals filed an opinion last month affirming the ruling.

    Houston had sued the state of Tennessee, two judges, Roane County and members of the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office.

    Kurtz dismissed his lawsuit in 2010. He ruled that the judges had judicial immunity and the state had sovereign immunity.

    Houston claimed the clerk’s office did not properly process his subpoenas.

  • New complex stigma undeserved, management says

    Apartment complexes like Deer Run Apartments don’t deserve the stigma often associated with them.

    That’s the opinion of Jesse Bowman, project analyst with DPKY Development Co. LLC, the entity responsible for Deer Run and the proposed neighboring project Heritage Hills.

    While both Heritage Hills and Deer Run are part of the program Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program, Bowman believes the term “affordable housing” is more adequate.

  • School officials sort out contracts

    The Roane County Education Association wants to engage in collaborative conferencing with the Board of Education.

    Director of Schools Toni McGriff informed the board about the association’s desire last month.  

    “We’ll be moving forward on that,” she said. “It’s not anything that’s been forgotten. It’s just that it takes a while to get into this new mode of doing it.”

  • I-40 mtg. set for Monday

    Rockwood’s committee focused on getting an Interstate 40 interchange and connector road at Hwy. 299 into the city will have its first meeting Monday, Feb. 6, at 1 p.m.

    Rockwood officials talked about the possibility of getting the interchange on the highway, which crosses I-40, and the connector road would replace the old Airport Road.

    The new road would come down the mountain into Rockwood Street.

  • Crowded field no bother for property assessor

    The more is often the merrier for a political incumbent.
    “I think that’s probably the reason the existing property assessor is pretty excited that there’s so many running,” J.T. Woods said.
    Woods is one of five people in the race for Roane County property assessor.
    Incumbent Teresa Kirkham acknowledged that the crowded field works in her favor.
    “That will split up the vote,” she said.
    David Morgan, Cheryl L. Laxton and Steven Robinette are the other candidates in the race.

  • Opponent once was Kirkham's employee

    Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham said she knows why J.T. Woods is running for her job.
    “Because I fired him,” she said.
    Woods is looking to unseat Kirkham in the August election. He’s not alone.
    Other candidates in the race for property assessor include David Morgan, Cheryl L. Laxton and Steven Robinette.
    According to county records, Woods worked in the property assessor’s office from Sept. 21, 2008, to Nov. 15, 2010.
    He said Kirkham is not telling the truth when she says she fired him. 

  • Valentines married 68 years

    For 68 years, Nadine and Glen Kinser have kept their marriage strong.
    “It seems like such a short time,” said Nadine, 87. “We’ve always got along good.”
    “He’s a loving, kind man. I don’t believe I could have found a better one if I could have looked the whole world over. He was born in Nebraska, and I was born in Kentucky. So he had to come all the way from Nebraska to find me. That has always been our saying,” she said.

  • Valentines married 68 years

    For 68 years, Nadine and Glen Kinser have kept their marriage strong.
    “It seems like such a short time,” said Nadine, 87. “We’ve always got along good.”
    “He’s a loving, kind man. I don’t believe I could have found a better one if I could have looked the whole world over. He was born in Nebraska, and I was born in Kentucky. So he had to come all the way from Nebraska to find me. That has always been our saying,” she said.

  • Roane State has book sale in Oak Ridge

    Roane State Community College’s Oak Ridge campus will host the 12th annual “Love Your Library” used book sale Feb. 14-15 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Available items will include paperbacks, textbooks, cookbooks, computer software books, children’s books and more.
    Items will be on sale in the atrium in front of the library.
    Proceeds support the campus’s Coffey Library.
    Checks should be written to the Roane State Foundation.
    To donate items for the book sale, bring them to the Coffey Library.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Butting heads — and finding common ground

    For years — many years — I have ducked my head in humiliation when it comes to the University of Tennessee-University of Kentucky rivalry.
    As a Kentucky native who was born in Lexington while my dad attended engineering school at UK, it has been easy to root for the Wildcats. Even so, I sometimes find the fan obsession there a bit much.
    Basketball generally was Kentucky’s sport, while football was the one we grudgingly conceded to Tennessee.
    Then came the Bruce Pearl years, and Tennessee was beating us at roundball, too.