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  • Enthusiastic Eaton top lawman for 2011

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office top brass picked a familiar recipient for its 2011 officer of the year award.

    The honor went to Larry Eaton, who also received the award in 2009.

    “I was very appreciative of it,” he said, “but at the same time, I want to share it with the other deputies because we’re all fellow officers and we all get out here and do the job.”

  • Top teacher understated, worthy

    Bowers Elementary School first-grade teacher Christy Ruskey was understated when she spoke at this month’s Roane County Board of Education meeting.
    That didn’t fool some people.
    Educators who know Ruskey said she does stand out and deserves recognition. She received her National Board Certification last year, and was honored for it at the meeting.  
    “That’s because of her own feelings of ‘I’m not great, I’m not one that gets recognition,’” Director of Schools Toni McGriff said.

  • Rockwood moves ahead on its Interstate 40 mission

    Rockwood City Council approved a committee to begin working with the state for approval for an interchange and connector road to Rockwood Street from state Hwy. 299.
    The route would replace the old Airport Road, the present roadway down the mountain from Interstate 40’s Exit 340, which has been unstable due to mining activity in the region.
    While officials are supportive, they are also wary of getting too optimistic.
    “I certainly have my doubts it will happen. I certainly would hope we could get it,” said Council member Pete Wright.

  • Ethics charges against Peggy Evans dismissed

    The ethics complaint filed against Rockwood Vice Mayor Peggy Evans has been dismissed.
    Both outgoing recorder Jim Hines, who filed the complaint, and Evans say it was a technicality that led to the dismissal by Oliver Springs Judge Joe Van Hook.
    “It never even got to the deposition stage, and the rightness or wrongness of the charges was not even considered,” Hines said.
    Van Hook said he felt the city council didn’t comply with the code of ethics.

  • Roane gets TDEC grant for used oil

    STAFF REPORTS
    The state is giving out $189,550 in used motor oil collection grants.
    Of the 15 counties set to benefit from the funds, Roane County is receiving the second highest allotment at $24,600.
    According to a press release from the Tennesssee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennesseans who change their own motor oil produce more than 1 million gallons of used oil every year.
    If not properly disposed, the oil can have a negative impact on the environment. 

  • Duck, duck, goose
  • Parking lot slaying suspect gets lawyer

    Eric Glenn Gallaher has retained high-profile Knoxville attorney Bruce Poston in his reckless homicide case.
    Gallaher is accused of killing David Lee Harvey, 46, outside the Grill & Pub last July. He allegedly punched Harvey after a minor fender bender in the parking lot.
    “There is probable cause to believe ... Gallaher’s deliberate act of punching Harvey did cause his death,” court records state.

  • Loudon body not from Roane

    Human remains found in Loudon County last week are not connected to a Roane County cold case.
    Sheriff Jack Stockton was hopeful the remains belonged to Karen Beard, who hasn’t been seen since 1991.
    “It’s very disappointing,” he said. “I was hoping that would put an end to the case.”
    Stockton said authorities were able to determine the remains were not Beard’s through forensics.
    “The DNA didn’t match, and dental records didn’t match,” he said.   

  • Kingston tours city halls

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    Kingston is a justifiably proud city: It is eminently livable, soundly managed and blessed with a seemingly matchless combination of natural beauty and natural resources.
    But there’s one area where Kingston runs a distant second to many of its small-town counterparts — that is, when it comes to its aging, space-deficient city hall.

  • Ellis won’t run for state rep

    STAFF REPORTS
    Harriman resident and Roane County Commissioner Randy Ellis said Tuesday he toyed with a run for state representative, but it won’t be happening.
    Ellis was prodded to run after redistricting split Roane into two state representative districts.
    “Although it was very tempting to run for the Tennessee House of Representative for the 32nd District,” Ellis said, “after much prayer and consultation with my family I have decided I will not be running.”