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  • Vehicular homicide trial underway

    By DAMON LAWRENCE
    dlawrence@roanecounty.com
    Update: Nicole Lawson was found guilty of vehicular homicide reckless conduct on Tuesday in the 2009 death of Gary Pugh. The jury returned the verdict at 4:14 p.m. Lawson’s sentencing hearing was scheduled for Nov. 19.

    Previous version:  Testimony got underway Tuesday in the vehicular homicide trial of Nicole Lawson.
    She’s charged in the May 29, 2009 fatal wreck that left Gary Pugh of Crossville dead. The wreck occurred on Hwy. 70 in Roane County.

  • Back-to-School Rally set Saturday

    One hundred free school bags will be distributed Aug. 10 during the fifth annual Back-to-School Rally and Fun Day at F.R. Davis Park (formerly Triangle Park) on Unaka Street, Harriman.

    The event will be from noon to 4 p.m..

    Bags will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, and children must be present to receive them.

    Other attractions of the Triangle Park Association Inc. and Harriman American Legion Post 232 event are games, inflatables, door prizes and free hot dogs, chips and drinks.

  • Committee to take look at school budget

    Roane County Board of Education’s plan to fix its financial problems for the 2013-14 school year is not a done deal.
    The Roane County Commission, the funding body for the school system, still needs to approve the plan. That’s not simply a formality.
    “There have been amendments in the past year that have not been approved,” Board Member Wade McCullough pointed out at the July school board meeting.
    The budget committee, which includes four of the 15 commissioners, will discuss the plan on Wednesday.

  • Pit bull rescues on attack

    Two East Tennessee pit bull rescue groups are at odds with each other.
    Harriman-based East Tennessee Pit Bull Rescue Inc. and Break The Chain Pit Bull Rescue, which operates from Lenoir City, sued each other in Roane County General Sessions Court last year. Both suits were dismissed without prejudice in March.

    Months before the dismissal, a judge put a mutual restraining order in place that was supposed to prohibit the parties from making disparaging remarks on Facebook or talking and texting each other.

  • THE COOL CLUB

    Peeking under leaves and digging in the dirt are all part of a day of fun for Evans Heights youth in Rockwood.

    The Roane County Master Gardeners help the community’s children tend a thriving garden filled with a variety of produce from tomatoes and peppers to zucchini, pumpkins, Swiss chard, potatoes and chives.

    The group, which recently built birdhouses during one session, is fondly called the Kids Garden Club.

  • 200,000 pain pills believed obtained in conspiracy

    John Wesley Goss ran an elaborate oxycodone operation between September 2010 and June 2012.

    The method he used to obtain pills is described in the federal plea agreement he signed on May 1.

    According to the document, Goss managed a group of addicts who frequented pain clinics and pharmacies to obtain what is believed to be more than 200,000 pills of prescription pain medication.

  • Leon Houston’s federal firearms trial postponed

    Leon Houston’s federal trial on a firearms charge, scheduled to start this week, has been postponed.

    He filed a motion for a continuance on July 25.

    According to court records, the government didn’t object, and the motion was granted by U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr.

    Houston, who is in custody at the Blount County Jail in Maryville, is charged in federal court with possessing a firearm while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance and threatening to kill attorney James Logan via telephone.

  • Drug store holdup gets man 8 years

    Claude Damon Ladd pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery for holding up the Kinser Drugs in Kingston.

    He received eight years in prison.

    Prosecutor Bill Reedy said Ladd, 48, must serve the entire sentence.

    “Eight years at 100 percent,” Reedy said. “It’s not a 30-percent crime. It’s a 100-percent crime, day for day for eight years.”

    One of the unusual things about the Ladd case is how quickly it moved through the court system.

  • Committee to take look at school budget

    Roane County Board of Education’s plan to fix its financial problems for the 2013-14 school year is not a done deal.

    The Roane County Commission, the funding body for the school system, still needs to approve the plan. That’s not simply a formality.

    “There have been amendments in the past year that have not been approved,” Board Member Wade McCullough pointed out at the July school board meeting.

    The budget committee, which includes four of the 15 commissioners, will discuss the plan on Wednesday.

  • Correction to Aug. 2 edition

    The city of Rockwood hasn’t yet made any steps to impose a fee on yard sales, as was stated in the Aug. 2 issue of the Roane County News.
    Rockwood City Council approved returning the matter to the Rockwood Planning Commission for review.
    It was also said in the same issue that an amendment to Rockwood’s tattoo ordinance failed.
    Officials said the amendment did pass to remove the business hours limitation in the ordinance before the ordinance failed second reading in its entirety.