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  • Lee recused in appraisal investigation

    Robert Lee, the general counsel for the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury, has recused himself from the Regions Bank building case, according to District Attorney General Russell Johnson.
    Dr. Clary P. Foote bought the building in January. Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan has alleged former assessor Teresa Kirkham lowered the appraisal on the building because she was dating Foote.
    Johnson said he asked Lee to “initiate a review or single parcel audit” of the appraisal.

  • TVA lawsuit to go to mediation

    Despite opposition from TVA, the federal judge overseeing the ash spill litigation has ordered the sides to mediate.
    “Mediation at this time would be in the interest of judicial economy and efficiency, ” Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan said in an order filed last week.
    TVA became a target for lawsuits following the Dec. 22, 2008 ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant. A dike failure released more than 5 million cubic yards of ash into the environment.

  • Commissioners recall Currier, honor memory

    David Currier was remembered by the Roane County Commission last week. Currier, a former commissioner, passed away on Nov. 15 at Park West Medical Center in Knoxville. He was 65.
    Commission Chairman James Brummett called for a moment of silence for Currier at the Nov. 19 commission meeting. Commissioner Ray Cantrell also mentioned Currier in his opening prayer.
    Commissioner Fred Tedder rode with Currier to meetings when the two served together. 

  • Oliver Springs operation leads to 27 indictments for drug sales

    Staff reports
    Oliver Springs Police Department recently ended a four month undercover operation targeting illegal drug sales in the city.
    Indictments were returned on 27 people. Thirteen were indicted in Anderson County while the remaining 14 were indicted in Roane County.
    Most of the people were indicted for the sale and delivery of prescription drugs while three of the subjects were indicted on sale and delivery of marijuana.
    On Nov. 9 and Nov. 10  Oliver Springs police conducted a round up arresting 19 of the individuals.

  • ’Round Rockwood: Nov. 26

    By Josephine McKinney
    A nice young man, T.J. Thomas of Harriman, is going to be working here at Victorian Square for a while as a resident assistant. After a little visit he said he needed to get back to work.
    Visiting Josephine McKinney from Crossville was my daughter Nina Swafford. She came to tell me her daughter, Carrie Dobbs, is doing OK  after having flu-like symptoms for over a week, and is back teaching second grade at Stone Elementary.

  • Harriman Happenings: Nov. 26

    By Louise Warmley
    Kristi and Malachi Jamieson and their three children from Nashville came home to spend Thanksgiving with Kristi’s mother, Julia Harris and sister, Alicia. While here they visited with their Aunt Virginia, Angie, Uncle Curtis Anderson and Louise Warmley.
    The Jamiesons said Thanksgiving was great. Just being at home with their mother made everything complete. They gave God all the praise.

  • Jobless benefits to cease for some

    The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is advising an estimated 39,000 unemployment claimants receiving federally extended unemployment insurance that their benefits will cease the first week of January.
    Emergency Unemployment Compensation is a federally funded program that provides unemployment benefits to individuals who have exhausted the first 26 weeks of state benefits (maximum).
    The federal program was to expire at the end of 2011, but the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 extended the ex-

  • TVA stimulates $5.9 billion in service area

    Tennessee Valley Authority economic development programs — including technical services, research and financial assistance — helped stimulate $5.9 billion in business investments in the TVA service area in fiscal year 2012.
    John Bradley, TVA senior vice president of Economic Development, said TVA’s efforts also helped attract or retain 48,000 jobs, bringing TVA’s economic development contributions to more than 300,000 new or retained jobs and $32 billion
    in business investment since 2005.

  • OUT to LUNCH by Bethel Poston: Tired of turkey and trimmings? Head out to Venice

    After gorging ourselves on turkey, dressing, vegetables, deviled eggs, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie at our Thanksgiving dinner, I wanted to write an “Out to Lunch” article about something with an entirely different taste.
    I have previously arranged our Oak Ridge High School Reunion Committee meetings to coincide with my “Out To Lunch” adventures. This is no exception.
    When former classmate Jan Harlan suggested Venice Pizza & Grill for meeting, I was ready for an Italian/Mediterranean taste.

  • TVA credit union going to Midtown