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  • Coats for Cold collection begins

    The cooler temperatures of the last few days are a sure sign that fall is here.

    That means Dennis Ferguson is worrying about how to keep folks warm, and he plans start collecting outerwear this week for the 17th annual Coats for the Cold campaign.

  • Bar death case postponed until Jan.

    The court case for the man accused of killing another man outside the Grill & Pub on Hwy. 61 was continued on Monday.

     The case against Eric Gallaher, 31, of Harriman, has been reset for Jan. 23, 2012, in Roane County General Sessions Court. Galllaher is accused of reckless homicide in the July 23 death of David Harvey.

    District Attorney Russell Johnson said Gallaher’s hearing was continued because he didn’t have an attorney and because officials are still awaiting the final autopsy.

  • Is Brushy Mountain the answer to jail overcrowding?

    Can an old state prison be the solution to jail overcrowding for some East Tennessee counties?

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said he explored the idea with other sheriffs.

    “We went to the old Brushy Mountain site at the request of Morgan County Sheriff (Glen) Freytag to look at the facility to see if it could be utilized in the future for possible overcrowding issues for Scott, Roane and Morgan,” Stockton said. “We went through the whole penitentiary and looked at the pros and cons.”

  • TVA lawyer grills expert in trial

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    A TVA attorney worked doggedly to undermine the credibility of the other side’s expert witness during a grueling all-day cross examination Monday.

    The results of his efforts were  mixed on Monday at the TVA ash spill trial.
    TVA lawyer Mark Anstoetter grilled civil engineer Dan Marks for the entire session.

  • Firefighters sport pink for good cause

    Harriman firefighters face life-threatening situations regularly.
    They certainly aren’t afraid of a little pink.

    The city’s fire department now has candy-pink T-shirts sporting the message “firefighters for a cure.”

    October is breast cancer awareness month.

  • See, hear the shows at Roane’s band festival

  • The Dirty Dozen: Roane State’s first leaders get kudos at college’s 40th anniversary kickoff

    When state and local leaders founded Roane State Community College 40 years ago, no one could have predicted that it would grow as it has.

    The school celebrated its past and its achievements last week at a reception following a documentary of the college’s early years.

    The college kicked off the anniversary observance Friday morning with the premiere of “40 Years of Class,” by award-winning filmmaker Keith McDaniel, a Roane State alumnus.

  • Presidential hopeful Cain heading here

    Presidential candidate Herman Cain is taking his growing popularity on the road — and one of his scheduled stops is in Roane County.

    The Roane County Tea Party is hosting the Republican at Roane State Community College student lounge, where Cain will be speaking on Saturday, Oct. 15. A buffet lunch begins at 11:30 a.m.

  • Yager: Roane should be in 1 House district

    State Sen. Ken Yager is of the opinion that Roane County should remain a single House district.

    However, the Harriman Republican indicates he’s powerless to do anything about it.   

    “Redistricting House districts is within the prerogative of that body, and I would refer you to my colleague, Rep. Julia Hurley,” Yager wrote in a letter to county officials.

    New district lines are drawn every 10 years.

  • Reporter's Notebook: Some TVA plaintiffs also contesting property values

    Some of the plaintiffs suing TVA over the ash spill are also in a legal fight with the Roane County Property Assessor’s Office.

    At issue is the value of 79 properties, which the plaintiffs contend is zero because of the disaster.

    They have appealed to the Tennessee Board of Equalization. A pre-hearing conference was held on the matter earlier this year.   

    “We’re contesting it (the properties) as valueless,” attorney Matt Conn said.