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  • Police roundup: Williams on leave, sex offender jailed

    Leslie Henderson, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance, said Darrell Williams is on unpaid administrative leave after a recent drunk driving charge.

    Williams, vice president of business development for the Alliance, was charged with DUI and violation of implied consent on Sept. 17 following a lunchtime crash.  

  • Missing Obama sign raises Democratic ire

    A large Obama campaign sign that was once in a grassy roadside area at Roane County Park is gone.

    Roane County Democratic Party leaders said they learned the sign was gone lasr Wednesday.

    “Somebody has our Obama sign. I’d like it returned or the value of it replaced,” said Bob Cowan, Roane County Democratic party chairman.

    Democrats believe Republican volunteers may be the culprits.

    “There are volunteers that get carried away,” said Democrat Jack McNew.

  • 3-year-old safe, mother in custody

    The noncustodial mother of a 3-year-old Roane County child is now in custody after a long search.

    Amy Barber-McDonough was found with her son, Frank Williams Qualls, on Saturday, Sept. 29.
    Frank has been returned to his custodial father.

    “She was picked up by Knoxville Police Department. She was in a hotel,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

    Stockton said Detective Bryan Walker got a call from the FBI who had located her somewhere in Knox County.

  • RCHS helping with food drive

    Students at Roane County High School are helping out the Kingston Police Department in its Thanksgiving Food Drive for The Hands of Mercy.

    The drive begins Oct. 1, which coincides with homecoming week at RCHS. 

    Each class will compete against the others in an attempt to gather the most items needed to fill as many food baskets as possible by the Nov. 16 deadline. The goal is to feed 750 needy families.

  • Harriman property owners asked to clean it up

    Overgrown yards, dilapidated and burned homes are all reasons various properties are part of a list of attention-needing properties in Harriman.

    Three of those on the list — a School Street home, one at 318 Byrd Drive and another at 113 Redwood Drive —  are all planned to be demolished.

    It cannot come soon enough for neighbor Juanita Lewis, who lives next to the School Street home, which has slowly decayed. A fire caused further damage a few years ago.

  • DOE moves to terminate WSI contract

    The U.S. Department of Energy has formally requested that WSI Oak Ridge’s protective force contract at Y-12 be terminated.

    “This decision comes after the top leadership of WSI at Y-12 were removed and are no longer welcome at DOE sites, and the officers associated with the incident were fired, demoted or suspended without pay,” the National Nuclear Security Administration said in a prepared statement. “Additionally, three federal officials with security oversight responsibilities were reassigned.”

  • Ash spill plaintiffs want mediation

    As directed, the parties in the TVA ash spill litigation have filed documents with the federal court in Knoxville on how they think the second phase of the trial should proceed.

    TVA is liable for damages to the plaintiffs, provided each one can show they are entitled to relief under claims of negligence, trespass or private nuisance. That determination will be made in a second phase of the trial.

    Plaintiffs, however, want U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan to first order the parties to participate in mediation.

  • Rockwood woman gets chance to meet men who saved her life

    Call it luck, fate or divine intervention, Archie Ann White of Rockwood is alive today because of a miraculous chain of circumstances that occurred when she came to the aid of one of her daughters whose family was involved in a wreck on Interstate 40 in Cumberland County.

    It all began when White arrived at the scene of a single-car accident on May 6 on I-40 East at the 336-mile marker.

  • Schools for sale – cheap?

    The Roane County Board of Education is moving ahead with the auction of two schools, setting minimum bids for Walnut Hill and Dyllis elementary schools.
    Walnut Hill closed after the 2010-11 school year and Dyllis closed last summer.
    The board also plans to auction 2.32 acres of vacant land it owns off Eureka Road near Rockwood.
    The board voted to set the minimum bid for Walnut Hill at $25,000 and the minimum bid for Dyllis at $70,000.
    The minimum bid on the Eureka property was set at $5,000.

  • Lawyer fees not paid for Evans accuser

    Rockwood City Council paid the legal fees of Vice Mayor Peggy Evans after she was accused of ethics violations.
    But when a request was made to pay the fees of the former city employee who accused her, it was no-go.
    No one even made a motion to be voted on in the matter.
    City Attorney Greg Leffew, who had said in May that he would come back with a legal opinion, recommended not making any payments of legal fees for former City Recorder Jim Hines.