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  • Kirkham: Recording backs firing claim

    Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham produced an audio recording on Friday of a conversation she said she had with J.T. Woods.

    Kirkham said the recording is proof that she fired Woods.

    “This backs it up,” she said.

    Woods is one of four people running against Kirkham in the August election. He worked in the property assessor’s office from Sept. 21, 2008, to Nov. 15, 2010.

  • TVA disputing inspector agents’ interview records

    The TVA Office of the Inspector General has no plans to change its methods of conducting interviews.

    Those methods, which include not recording interviews, came under attack by TVA attorneys during last year’s civil trial over the ash spill.

    “A record of interview is hearsay,” TVA attorney Edwin Small told the federal judge presiding over the case. “It’s some person’s writing about what some other person said. It’s classic hearsay.”

  • Appeals court stands behind decision to dismiss Houston suit

    Senior Judge Walter Kurtz’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Leon Houston will stand.

    The Tennessee Court of Appeals filed an opinion last month affirming the ruling.

    Houston had sued the state of Tennessee, two judges, Roane County and members of the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office.

    Kurtz dismissed his lawsuit in 2010. He ruled that the judges had judicial immunity and the state had sovereign immunity.

    Houston claimed the clerk’s office did not properly process his subpoenas.

  • New complex stigma undeserved, management says

    Apartment complexes like Deer Run Apartments don’t deserve the stigma often associated with them.

    That’s the opinion of Jesse Bowman, project analyst with DPKY Development Co. LLC, the entity responsible for Deer Run and the proposed neighboring project Heritage Hills.

    While both Heritage Hills and Deer Run are part of the program Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program, Bowman believes the term “affordable housing” is more adequate.

  • School officials sort out contracts

    The Roane County Education Association wants to engage in collaborative conferencing with the Board of Education.

    Director of Schools Toni McGriff informed the board about the association’s desire last month.  

    “We’ll be moving forward on that,” she said. “It’s not anything that’s been forgotten. It’s just that it takes a while to get into this new mode of doing it.”

  • I-40 mtg. set for Monday

    Rockwood’s committee focused on getting an Interstate 40 interchange and connector road at Hwy. 299 into the city will have its first meeting Monday, Feb. 6, at 1 p.m.

    Rockwood officials talked about the possibility of getting the interchange on the highway, which crosses I-40, and the connector road would replace the old Airport Road.

    The new road would come down the mountain into Rockwood Street.

  • Crowded field no bother for property assessor

    The more is often the merrier for a political incumbent.
    “I think that’s probably the reason the existing property assessor is pretty excited that there’s so many running,” J.T. Woods said.
    Woods is one of five people in the race for Roane County property assessor.
    Incumbent Teresa Kirkham acknowledged that the crowded field works in her favor.
    “That will split up the vote,” she said.
    David Morgan, Cheryl L. Laxton and Steven Robinette are the other candidates in the race.