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  • This time, Darnell gets to play

    When Darnell Hamilton took the field with Roane County High School’s marching band last Friday, he knew just what to do.

    From his wheelchair, he easily kept time with the band’s drum corps, even showing a bit of flair at the end of the pre-game performance.

    “He loves the band,” said his mother, Shirley.  “That is all he does is love music,”

    She said her special-needs son, who graduated from Roane County High in 2004, suffers from Crohn’s disease, and complications have wrecked his liver.

  • Roane sponsors NAACP event

    The Tennessee State Conference National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s 67th annual state convention and Civil Rights Advocacy Conference is coming to Oak Ridge, and Roane County’s unit is the host.
    The convention begins Thursday, and continues through Sept. 28.
    The conference will include leadership and motivational training, including the NAACP Game Changer Initiatives for the 21st Century at the convention workshops and forums.

  • Will we restrict stove fuel, too?

    Coleman fuel isn’t just popular among campers; tt’s also a favorite among meth-makers.
    “It’s a base,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy John Mayes explained.
    Pseudoephedrine, a decongestant in cold and allergy medicines, is the main precursor used in meth production, according to law enforcement officials. However, other legal products are used to make meth.
    Police reports often list Coleman fuel, coffee filters, Drano, plastic bottles, lithium batteries, tubing and aluminum foil.

  • Ellis rejoins county commission budget committee

    Randy Ellis has rejoined the Roane County Budget Committee.

    The District 2 commissioner served on the committee in 2010-11 before upsetting County Executive Ron Woody over some postings on Facebook.  

    Woody is the chairman of the budget committee. He didn’t seek to reappoint Ellis to the committee at the September 2011 commission meeting.

  • Hunters take aim at logging

    Hunters are taking aim at state officials over extensive logging on Mount Roosevelt and Catoosa wildlife management areas.
    Barry Brown of Rockwood said what’s happening is sportsmen in the area are running out of public land to hunt on.
    “There’s no place to go hunting unless you know somebody or have a lease,” he said, disgustedly looking over a recently logged section of land on Airport Road near Interstate 40.

  • Prostitution sting targets Roane spa

    A Roane County spa was searched Friday as part of an ongoing investigation into organized prostitution and human trafficking.
    Kristin Helm with Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirmed that a Rockwood spa on Old Patton Lane was one of the locations targeted.
    Sheriff Jack Stockton said the Roane County Sheriff Office helped execute the search warrant at Interstate Spa.
    “No one was arrested that night,” Stockton said.
    District Attorney Russell Johnson said no one has been charged.

  • Jacobs Engineering gets attorney

    Nashville attorney Kenneth S. Schrupp is representing Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. against a lawsuit filed last month.

    Jacobs is the project manager/construction manager for the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant ash spill cleanup.

    “They are still providing management and technical services for the recovery project,” TVA spokesman Scott Brooks said.

    Knoxville attorney Jim Scott filed the lawsuit on behalf of cleanup workers and their spouses.

  • Can Facebook revive closed bar?

    Roma Christopher has turned to social media to help fight her battle against county officials.
    She started a Facebook page for people who want to see the Grill & Pub reopened.
    Support has been minimal initially.
    The page — Bar Rescue Harriman — had just 12 likes as of last week.
    Meanwhile, a page started several months ago by bar opponent Vickie Davis — Help Me Stop the Grill and Pub in Harriman from Reopening — had 845 likes.

  • Legalities could snag cities’ ban on cold pills

    City governments will be ignoring the advice of the Municipal Technical Advisory Service if they try to institute prescription-only requirements for ephedrine and pseudoephedrine.  

    Under current state and federal law, a prescription is not required to purchase products containing those substances.