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  • After the storm: Homeowners pick up pieces from the lives of those devastated by disaster

    Roane County escaped serious damage from heavy storms that traveled across the Southeast last month.

    Homeowners across the county, however, are finding themselves affected by the devastation in an unexpected manner.

    Tattered and weathered pictures have been found in unlikely places across the county. And many are wondering if the wayward weather has blown these images from parts unknown.

  • State audit praises EMS

    A recent audit by the Tennessee Department of Health detected no deficiencies with Roane County’s ambulance operation.

    “Very good audit,” the report said. “It was pleasure to do the audit at Roane County EMS. All documentation and records were in order with service far exceeding the minimum requirements.”

    The audit also said Roane County’s ambulance service meets the state’s requirements for a Class A service. That’s the highest a service can achieve.

  • Federal meth sentences meted

    Last year’s roundup of meth suspects turned out to be a good haul for law enforcement.

    Eighteen of the 21 defendants have been sentenced in federal court so far.

    The average sentence has been 94 months.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said it’s a plus when local law enforcement can get someone charged federally because the punishments are much stiffer.

  • Kingston holidays get brighter

    Even if it doesn’t snow, Kingston will be able to declare a White Christmas each season for a couple of decades to come.

    That’s because of the efforts of one “bulldog” city councilman and the head of the street department.

    At this week’s city council meeting, Councilman Don White kicked off one of the city’s more colorful presentations with a motion to buy new city Christmas lights for $17,539.

  • Coal ash regs await EPA approval

    Those anxiously awaiting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s final ruling on coal ash regulations will have to endure a little while longer.

    The agency said it is unlikely the rule will be released in 2011.    

  • Crossville man arrested after accident

    A Crossville man was arrested by Oliver Springs Police after an accident with injury at the intersection of Hwys. 61 and 62 on Sunday.

    Police said Cameron C. Moffett, 20, was taken to the Roane County Jail on charges of reckless endangerment, vehicular assault, underage driving while impaired and reckless driving.

    Police said Moffett told them he and his passenger, Shannon Bice, were traveling westbound on Hwy. 61 when they crossed the intersection and collided with another vehicle.

  • Rarity auction could net county back taxes

    The auction of properties in Rarity Ridge subdivision could be a good thing for Roane County.

    The county’s back-tax attorney, Dick Evans, said buyers will be obligated to pay any unpaid property taxes on the property.   

    Those taxes, which together add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars, have gone unpaid for years.

    “The taxes will be paid,” Evans said. “That’s going to happen. I don’t know when, but they will be paid.”

  • Bruner reinstatement official

    The reinstatement of Harriman attorney Spence R. Bruner is now official.

    The Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee officially announced the attorney was reinstated by order of the Tennessee Supreme Court on April 25 in a recent news release.

    His attorney, Chris Cawood, said last month that it took a panel of the Board of Professional Responsibility about five minutes before recommending Bruner be reinstated.

  • Harriman man charged with murder

    A Roane County man is jailed in Sevier County on a first-degree murder charge.
    Gatlinburg police responded to a 911 call at Gatlinburg Town Square around 11:05 p.m. on May 10.
    Derek Ogle was found at the scene stabbed when police arrived.
    Ogle, 27, was transported to LeConte Medical Center in Sevierville, where he was pronounced dead.
    Anthony Richards of Harriman has been charged with Ogle’s murder.
    Police said Richards, 26, was taken into custody at the scene. He is being held at the Sevier County Jail on a $1 million bond.  

  • Mister Ellis goes to Washington

    Roane County Commissioner Randy Ellis spent some time in Washington, D.C., earlier this month to let officials there know his stance on coal ash.    
    “Obviously that issue is pretty close to me and my constituents in the Swan Pond area,” Ellis said.
    The Swan Pond community was impacted by what has been called one of the worst environmental disasters in history.
    On Dec. 22, 2008, a dike failure at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant released more than 5 million cubic yards of ash into the environment.