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  • Pushing for Bowers
  • Commissioners growl over Hurley's Tiger Haven bill inaction

    Roane County Commissioners passed a motion Monday night that requests Republican state Rep. Julia Hurley to appear before them to explain why she didn’t file a bill on their behalf.

    The commission voted 15-0 in January to request that the Tennessee General Assembly adopt a law to require tracking devices for animals housed at Tiger Haven.

    State Sen. Ken Yager sponsored the bill in the Senate. Hurley did not sponsor it in the House.

  • Adult business regulations adopted

    If someone wants to open an adult business in Roane County, they now have some regulations to follow. The Roane County Commission amended its zoning Monday night to put the rules in place.  

    The county defines an adult-oriented business as one in which at least 30 percent of the floor stock merchandise is oriented toward the adult population and appeals to prurient interests. Such merchandise, the rules state, generally depicts male or female genitalia, breasts and sexual acts.

  • Woman to stand trial in car wreck

    A case against a woman charged with vehicular homicide can proceed, according to the District Attorney General’s Office.

    Nicole Lynne Lawson, 39, of Rockwood, is charged in the May 2009 fatal wreck on Hwy. 70 that left Gary Pugh of Crossville dead.

    The accident happened near Glenn Hill Road.

    The defense wanted to inspect the 1999 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck that Lawson was allegedly driving at the time of the accident.

  • Man accused of murder arrested in Roane County

    A McMinn County murder suspect was arrested in Roane County last week.

    Curtis Jordan III is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his father.

    Curtis Jordan II, 42, was found shot to death at his home in Riceville on Jan. 10, 2010.

    According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation,  Curtis Jordan III was arrested without incident at a Roane County residence on March 9.

    Jordan, 18, was a juvenile at the time of the alleged murder.

  • Harriman changes election schedule

    Harriman City Council approved changing the election date to August of even years to coincide with county elections.
    “If we pass something this summer it won’t take effect on anybody until the 2014 election,” Mayor Chris Mason said.
    That would mean any elected official with a term up in 2013 would have an extended term for 14 months.
    The primary reason to want to change the dates would be the thousands in savings on election costs by doing it the same time as other elections.

  • 3 remain in search for new Rockwood utility director

    Rockwood officials will choose between a civil engineer, a Rockwood High School graduate and a retired wastewater operations manager to fill the Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas general manager’s position.

    The three candidates — Karen Ruffner, Brian Fowler and Norman Bowman — were selected Monday by Rockwood City Council, who sat as the city’s water, sewer and gas board for the interviews involving six applicants.

  • Rockwood High embraces Pi
  • House fire in Blair community
  • Tragic end to search for sex offender

    A Kingston sex offender is believed to be the shooter in the death of a Colorado police officer.
    Limon, Colo., Officer Jay Sheridan, 27, was shot and killed on Wednesday when he and others were serving a fugitive arrest warrant on Dennis M. Hasty, who was living in a trailer park.
    Hasty was found dead inside the trailer, and law enforcement said he took his own life after the standoff.
    Hasty was originally charged with incest in Knox County in 1990. He served prison time before he ended up in Roane County.