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  • Roane, ETHRA accused of probation scheme

    A Morgan County woman is suing East Tennessee Human Resource Agency and Roane County in federal court, alleging the two engaged in a scheme to keep people on probation longer than the law allows in order to continue collecting fees.

    Rachel Dawn Bohanan claims the scheme resulted in her “illegal” arrest on July 15.

  • TVA truck aids in trench rescue

    Mike Stanton, a maintenance supervisor for TVA, was working at the Kingston Fossil Plant on Dec. 12 when he got a call from his incident coordinator.

    “He said that Roane County had a situation down the road where an individual had been trapped in a trench and they believed our vacuum truck could help speed up the process,” Stanton said.

    An employee with Sparta-based Danson Construction got trapped while working on a Roane County sewer project on Moses Lane.

  • Fee plan helps with bldg. inspector

    Rockwood found a new way to recoup some of the costs of having someone on staff as building inspector.

    A new plan-checking fee schedule was passed on first reading this month at the recommendation of building inspector Harold Ishman.

    “This will reimburse the city some for what we pay him,” said Councilman Dudley Evans.

    Officials said they pay Ishman about $30 an hour.

    The fees would apply to anyone bringing in construction plans and blueprints for review.

  • Thunder rolls in East Tennessee again

    A beloved 1971 Dodge Demon that ran successfully in the drag racing circuit — including Harriman’s old drag strip — has been restored.

    The car, known as Tennessee Thunder, was found about three years ago in Florida by Lee Crowder III.

    He was just a child when his grandfather Freeman Crowder Sr., a one-time Harriman mayor who owned the Crowder Chrysler Plymouth dealership in Harriman in the late 1960s and early 1970s, purchased and ran it in the circuit.

  • Chattanooga pain-clinic case has Roane ties

    A woman who federal agents say served as a supplier for a Roane County pill ring is on trial in federal court in Chattanooga.

    Barbara Lang, also known as Barbara Langford and Aunt Bea, was accused in a 2012 indictment of conspiring to illegally distribute oxycodone, methadone, morphine, hydrocodone and alprazolam. Her trial started on Nov. 3 and was recently continued until Jan. 5. A hearing in the case has been set for Dec. 30.


    Roane County Commissioners were notified Tuesday that the Property Assessor’s Office is in noncompliance on the 2015 reappraisal.

    “It’s real disappointing that we’re in the position that we are,” Commissioner Darryl Meadows said after getting the email.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody sent out the email after speaking with Don Osborne, director of assessments and field operations for the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury’s Division of Property Assessments.

  • Clem lands parks spot

    Rockwood’s Chase Clem will start the new year with a new job with the city.

    He was easily approved as the new park and recreation director at Monday’s city council meeting.

    “The sports complex was like a second home to me when I was growing up. I have a lot of great memories there, so it is exciting to tell people that I’m coming home,” Clem said.

    It’s a job he envisioned as a young person working with friends in the recreation department during summers.

  • Exploring other traditions
  • Airport manager raise out for now

    Rockwood Municipal Airport Manager Danny Collins was up for a $4,000 raise at the Rockwood City Council meeting on Monday, but the item was tabled.

    Councilman Dudley Evans made a motion to defer it until the future.

    Councilman Harold Holloway didn’t like the timing of the proposed pay change.

    “I think we need to look at that at budget time instead of giving it now,” Holloway said.

  • Coal-ash regs not embraced

    Environmental groups aren’t doing cartwheels over the nation’s first-ever coal ash regulations.

    “Today’s rule doesn’t prevent more tragic spills like the ones we are still trying to clean up in North Carolina and Tennessee,” Earthjustice attorney Lisa Evans said in a news release Friday. “And it won’t stop the slower moving disaster that is unfolding for communities around the country, as leaky coal ash ponds and dumps poison water.”