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  • Houston finds no judicial sympathy

    Rocky Houston was shrugged off by the latest in his string of attorneys Monday, then chastised by a judge and thrown out of the courthouse by sheriff’s deputies.

    Even so, he seemed undeterred. Houston stood outside under the morning sun, raised a hand to the sky and answered a reporter’s question about his distrust of defense counsel with a preacher’s conviction.

    “I’ve got a good lawyer, and his name is Christ,” Houston said.

  • HUB names Young new chief

    A familiar face will be serving as Harriman Utility Board’s new general manager.

    Assistant Manager Bill Young was unanimously selected as the new manager at a special-called meeting last week.

    On July 1, he will be replacing Chuck Flora, who is retiring after working for the utility 35 years.

  • Storms force TVA rates higher

    TVA officials say ratepayers can blame spring storm damage for the increase they can expect bills after July 1.

    The TVA website said that the total monthly fuel cost will increase from 2.366 cents per kilowatt-hour to 2.689 per kilowatt-hour, an increase in the average wholesale price of 4.5 percent.

    The website said the July fuel cost will increase residential customers bills between $3 and $6 depending on usage.

  • Harriman cleanup gets serious

    By CINDY SIMPSON
    csimpson@roanecounty.com
    Several downtown property owners within the Harriman Center City Redevelopment and Urban Renewal area learned in writing that they met at least one category of blight.
    That means they have to take action to stop proceedings that could cost them their property.
    The blight elements vary from simple debris and vegetative overgrowth to structural damage.
    The owners had until June 6 to respond to the Harriman Redevelopment Advisory Committee.

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  • Major drug dealer gets life in prison

    Ralph O’Neal shouldn’t be causing anxiety for law enforcement anytime soon.
    Last week a federal judge sentenced the former Roane County resident to life in prison for his convictions on drug charges.
    O’Neal was arrested in the summer of 2008.
    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said that brought his office a sigh of relief.
    “We’ve been after O’Neal for 10 years,” Stockton said in 2008. “He’s been dealing for a long time.”

  • Roane Medical Center groundbreaking rescheduled

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    A celebration at the future location of Roane Medical Center in Midtown won't happen this month.

    Roane Medical spokeswoman Jodi Harris said a celebration is tentatively scheduled for later this year to mark the completion of the facility that Covenant Health is having built to replace the original downtown campus.

    Plans were to have the celebration this month but plans have changed.

  • Harriman, OR may see hike in land taxes

    Property owners in Harriman and Oak Ridge are looking at property tax rate increase of 2 cents under the county’s proposed budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year.

    The issue has to do with adjustments made to the debt service funds, Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    “The countywide debt payments need four additional (property tax) pennies,” he explained. “That is a tax increase in debt service to everybody of four pennies.”

  • Hampton gets 15 years in wife's death

    A Rhea County man with Roane County connections was sentenced to 15 years on Friday in the Aug. 18, 2007, shooting death of his wife, Dorothy Hampton.

    Daniel Glenn Hampton, 37, who once lived in the Emory Heights community, entered a guilty plea to the second-degree murder charge on April 27, said assistant district attorney Jim Pope in Rhea County.

    He is already facing at least 20 years of a federal sentence for multiple federal charges involving drugs and firearms.

  • Kingston victorious in Midtown tug-of-war

    The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled that Kingston’s 2008 annexation by election in Midtown is legal.

    The ruling of the state’s highest court overturns an appeals court ruling in favor of Harriman, which also wanted the property.

    Kingston Mayor Troy Beets announced the news at a city workshop Thursday night after he entered the room dancing.

    “I am beyond happy,” Beets said.