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  • Will we restrict stove fuel, too?

    Coleman fuel isn’t just popular among campers; tt’s also a favorite among meth-makers.
    “It’s a base,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy John Mayes explained.
    Pseudoephedrine, a decongestant in cold and allergy medicines, is the main precursor used in meth production, according to law enforcement officials. However, other legal products are used to make meth.
    Police reports often list Coleman fuel, coffee filters, Drano, plastic bottles, lithium batteries, tubing and aluminum foil.

  • Ellis rejoins county commission budget committee

    Randy Ellis has rejoined the Roane County Budget Committee.

    The District 2 commissioner served on the committee in 2010-11 before upsetting County Executive Ron Woody over some postings on Facebook.  

    Woody is the chairman of the budget committee. He didn’t seek to reappoint Ellis to the committee at the September 2011 commission meeting.

  • Hunters take aim at logging

    Hunters are taking aim at state officials over extensive logging on Mount Roosevelt and Catoosa wildlife management areas.
    Barry Brown of Rockwood said what’s happening is sportsmen in the area are running out of public land to hunt on.
    “There’s no place to go hunting unless you know somebody or have a lease,” he said, disgustedly looking over a recently logged section of land on Airport Road near Interstate 40.

  • Prostitution sting targets Roane spa

    A Roane County spa was searched Friday as part of an ongoing investigation into organized prostitution and human trafficking.
    Kristin Helm with Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirmed that a Rockwood spa on Old Patton Lane was one of the locations targeted.
    Sheriff Jack Stockton said the Roane County Sheriff Office helped execute the search warrant at Interstate Spa.
    “No one was arrested that night,” Stockton said.
    District Attorney Russell Johnson said no one has been charged.

  • Jacobs Engineering gets attorney

    Nashville attorney Kenneth S. Schrupp is representing Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. against a lawsuit filed last month.

    Jacobs is the project manager/construction manager for the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant ash spill cleanup.

    “They are still providing management and technical services for the recovery project,” TVA spokesman Scott Brooks said.

    Knoxville attorney Jim Scott filed the lawsuit on behalf of cleanup workers and their spouses.

  • Can Facebook revive closed bar?

    Roma Christopher has turned to social media to help fight her battle against county officials.
    She started a Facebook page for people who want to see the Grill & Pub reopened.
    Support has been minimal initially.
    The page — Bar Rescue Harriman — had just 12 likes as of last week.
    Meanwhile, a page started several months ago by bar opponent Vickie Davis — Help Me Stop the Grill and Pub in Harriman from Reopening — had 845 likes.

  • Legalities could snag cities’ ban on cold pills

    City governments will be ignoring the advice of the Municipal Technical Advisory Service if they try to institute prescription-only requirements for ephedrine and pseudoephedrine.  

    Under current state and federal law, a prescription is not required to purchase products containing those substances.  

  • Different treatment irks beer permit applicant

    Roma Christopher wasn’t on the Roane County Beer Board agenda this month, but she attended the Sept. 10 meeting to see what happened with Joyce Fulsom’s application for a beer permit.

    The board approved it 4-0.

    “There was a big difference in the way they treated her and the way they treated me,” Christopher said. “They were just as friendly as could be with her.”

    Fulsom is operating under the name D&J’s out of the former Claudia’s Bar in Midtown.

  • Convicted sex offender wants to vote

    Kingston attorney Chris Cawood could have a future as a spin doctor when he decides to call it quits on his legal career.

    “Twenty-year veteran denied voting rights,” was the headline on a press release Cawood issued on Thursday regarding Richard Keith McCarroll.

    “This is really a shame,” Cawood is quoted in the press release. “Here’s a person who served his country and us for 20 years to protect all of our rights, and now the local office won’t let him vote.”

  • Fishermen area's biggest catch

    Rockwood’s Tom Fuller Park is often a launch location for fishing tournaments for the scenic Watts Bar Lake.

    Tournaments like the Walmart Bass Fishing League’s Volunteer Division that wrapped up over the weekend draw in fishermen anxious to get on the water and compete for big prizes.

    But for the avid fishermen, Watts Bar Lake is a treasure all on its own.

    “It offers an abundance of different species of fish,” said Rockwood’s James Nuckols, an accomplished tournament fisherman who loves Watts Bar Lake.