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  • Humphrey, Wicks seek to hold onto judgeships

    Roane County General Sessions Court judges Dennis Humphrey and Jeff Wicks said they plan to seek re-election in 2014.
    A general sessions judge’s term last eight years.
    In 2006, Wicks, a former Secret Service agent, defeated Brenda Hall McDonald in the general sessions Part 1 race.
    Humphrey ran unopposed for general sessions judge Part 2.
    General sessions judges hear civil and criminal cases.

  • Sliding Airport Road worsening

    A shortcut into Rockwood known as Airport Road continues to be closed; officials believe the hillside the road sits on is sliding.

    State officials have been in to assess the situation, said Tony Brown, assistant to Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson.
    “They have done their preliminary study,” Brown said. “The state seems to think it is like an upside-down ice cream cone. It is not just the road that is sliding.”

  • One GINORMOUS band event

    Roane County High School fans will get more than a high school band performance at Friday’s football game against Grace Christian.
    Austin Peay State University, which is playing against the University of Tennessee Volunteers in Knoxville on Saturday,  will be performing at the Kingston school’s half-time show Friday.
    The two bands will join on a couple of songs, including “America the Beautiful.”

  • Deadly shooting lawsuit dismissed

    A lawsuit filed over a deadly police shooting in Swan Pond was dismissed in U.S. District Court.
    Quarry Road resident David Dickey was killed at his home by Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Dustin Hensley on June 6, 2009. Dickey’s mother, Martha Davis, filed a $7.95 million lawsuit against Roane County, Hensley, Sheriff Jack Stockton, Chief Deputy Tim Phillips, investigator Bryan Walker and former county executive Mike Farmer.

  • Job Fair set for 10 VW worker jobs

    Roane State Community College and staffing agency Aerotek will host a job fair on Wednesday, Sept. 4 for 10 warehouse worker positions at the Volkswagen Distribution Center.
    The job fair will be from 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. in Room 0-101 in the O’Brien Humanities Building.

  • Should Rocky Houston charges be tossed?

    The feds filed charges against Rocky Houston while his appeal of a felony conviction was still pending in state court.
    His lawyer contends that was a big mistake and the federal charges should be thrown out.
    “In this case, the government both figuratively and literally jumped the gun,” attorney Michael P. McGovern said in a motion that requests dismissal of the federal indictment.
    Houston faces 14 counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He faces up to 140 years in prison if convicted.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Summer weather not the only change

    What a strange and moody summer it has been.
    Mild and rainy, then a strong reversal — who knows what’s coming next?
    The same moodiness, I guess, could be applied my emotional summer.

    After several years together, Derek and I called things off a few weeks ago.
    There was no ugliness, no fighting; our heads are just in different places.
    Even with a somewhat amiable split, we’re both still feeling the inescapable pain that comes when two people try to separate closely entangled lives.
    But time will heal.

  • Lane closures stopped for Labor Day traffic

    The Tennessee Department of Transportation will halt all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways for the Labor Day holiday travel period.

    Construction crews will stop all lane closure activity beginning at noon Aug. 30 through 6 a.m. Sept. 3 to provide maximum roadway capacity for traveling holiday motorists.

    While lane closure activity will be stopped, workers will still be on site
    in many construction zones, and drivers are urged to obey posted speed limits.

  • Driver in fatal crash on 6th DUI

    An Aug. 19 wreck that claimed the life of a Rockwood woman wasn’t the first time Johnny R. Foland has been charged with driving under the influence.
    Trooper Mike Beaty noted on the warrant that it was Foland’s sixth DUI offense.

    The fatal crash was on Eagle Furnace Road around 7 p.m. Beaty said when he arrived he saw a Chrysler Sebring that had struck a utility pole and a tree.
    “The vehicle had also overturned and an occupant in the vehicle was found deceased,” the warrant said.

  • Driver in fatal crash on 6th DUI

    An Aug. 19 wreck that claimed the life of a Rockwood woman wasn’t the first time Johnny R. Foland has been charged with driving under the influence.
    Trooper Mike Beaty noted on the warrant that it was Foland’s sixth DUI offense.

    The fatal crash was on Eagle Furnace Road around 7 p.m. Beaty said when he arrived he saw a Chrysler Sebring that had struck a utility pole and a tree.
    “The vehicle had also overturned and an occupant in the vehicle was found deceased,” the warrant said.