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  • Prison scammer case continued

    A continuance was granted last week in the case of Rickey Kenneth Hubbard.
    He’s charged with 20 counts of criminal impersonation for a prison scam he allegedly perpetrated in Roane County in 2011.
    According to court records, Hubbard duped people into believing the Tennessee Department of Correction had contracted with Yates Construction Co. to build a prison in Swan Pond.
    Kingston police said people were interviewed, hired and believed work on the prison would start on Aug. 15, 2011.

  • Principal, a Boys Club alum, excited to kick off program

    Harriman Middle School Principal David Stevens is excited about the possibilities for his young charges as his school prepares to host the initial location of the Roane County Boys and Girls Club.
    “There is a dire need for middle school and high school for a program, an after-school program in which these kids can go to a safe place and they can learn from folks that have been involved with boys and girls many years that is not a school setting,” Stevens said.

  • Heroes for Harriman instill Lady Blue Devil pride

    Harriman High School’s girls basketball team will be in new digs this season.
    Harriman Lowe’s, along with others donating time and supplies, redid the locker space and other aspects of the Lady Blue Devils’ locker rooms last week.
    “The benefit for us here is reaching out in the community more locally,” said Harriman Lowe's manager Patrick McConnell of the Lowe's Heroes program.
    McConnell praised the program, which he said has been around as long as he can remember.

  • Need a decongestant? Got a prescription?

    A member of the over-the-counter drug industry called the prescription-only pseudoephedrine effort in Tennessee puzzling.

  • Humphrey, Wicks seek to hold onto judgeships

    Roane County General Sessions Court judges Dennis Humphrey and Jeff Wicks said they plan to seek re-election in 2014.
    A general sessions judge’s term last eight years.
    In 2006, Wicks, a former Secret Service agent, defeated Brenda Hall McDonald in the general sessions Part 1 race.
    Humphrey ran unopposed for general sessions judge Part 2.
    General sessions judges hear civil and criminal cases.

  • Sliding Airport Road worsening

    A shortcut into Rockwood known as Airport Road continues to be closed; officials believe the hillside the road sits on is sliding.

    State officials have been in to assess the situation, said Tony Brown, assistant to Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson.
    “They have done their preliminary study,” Brown said. “The state seems to think it is like an upside-down ice cream cone. It is not just the road that is sliding.”

  • One GINORMOUS band event

    Roane County High School fans will get more than a high school band performance at Friday’s football game against Grace Christian.
    Austin Peay State University, which is playing against the University of Tennessee Volunteers in Knoxville on Saturday,  will be performing at the Kingston school’s half-time show Friday.
    The two bands will join on a couple of songs, including “America the Beautiful.”

  • Deadly shooting lawsuit dismissed

    A lawsuit filed over a deadly police shooting in Swan Pond was dismissed in U.S. District Court.
    Quarry Road resident David Dickey was killed at his home by Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Dustin Hensley on June 6, 2009. Dickey’s mother, Martha Davis, filed a $7.95 million lawsuit against Roane County, Hensley, Sheriff Jack Stockton, Chief Deputy Tim Phillips, investigator Bryan Walker and former county executive Mike Farmer.

  • Job Fair set for 10 VW worker jobs

    Roane State Community College and staffing agency Aerotek will host a job fair on Wednesday, Sept. 4 for 10 warehouse worker positions at the Volkswagen Distribution Center.
    The job fair will be from 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. in Room 0-101 in the O’Brien Humanities Building.

  • Should Rocky Houston charges be tossed?

    The feds filed charges against Rocky Houston while his appeal of a felony conviction was still pending in state court.
    His lawyer contends that was a big mistake and the federal charges should be thrown out.
    “In this case, the government both figuratively and literally jumped the gun,” attorney Michael P. McGovern said in a motion that requests dismissal of the federal indictment.
    Houston faces 14 counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He faces up to 140 years in prison if convicted.