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  • Cawood wins settlement in courthouse scuffle

    Attorney Chris Cawood won the criminal case that stemmed from his arrest at the Roane County Courthouse.

    Now he’s claiming victory in the civil case.    

    “I signed the settlement papers on our lawsuit (Monday),” he said.

    A jury trial in the case was scheduled for January. Cawood said he received a sum of money in the settlement, but declined to say how much.  

    “They’re not going to let me talk to you about it,” he said.

  • Burglar strikes Rockwood official's home

    Rockwood police said they have nabbed a man suspected for burglarizing a city official’s home.

    Investigator James Perkins said Coty R. Barnwell, 21, was arrested on Nov. 18 and charged with aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000.

    Bill and Patricia Thompson reported the burglary at their Ellen Street home on Halloween.

    Bill Thompson is a Rockwood city councilman.  

    Items reported missing included jewelry, a pair of Nike shoes and checks.  

  • Sewer plant expansion in Midtown

    Roane County is moving forward with plans to expand sewer service in the Midtown area.
    Earlier this month the County Commission voted to move $70,000 out of the wastewater treatment fund and into a capital projects fund for the expansion project.
    “What we’re doing here is just transferring out $70,000 from operations to put it in capital, so we can capture all our capital cost in one place,” County Executive Ron Woody explained.

  • Pilot winging it for more than 50 years

    Legend has it that Dave Stevenson learned to fly around the same time he learned to drive.

    The truth is even more interesting.

    “Actually, I had a student pilot’s license before I had a driver’s license,” he said.

    At 83, that gives Stevenson more than 50 years of piloting experience.

    His longevity in aviation hasn’t gone unnoticed.

  • Dunn Center gets perfect score

    Michael Dunn Center is known for its outstanding service to those in the community who need it most — people with physical and developmental handicaps.

    A state agency’s recent review of the program supports the center’s reputation with a perfect score of 54 points.

    “Getting a perfect score is something we’re truly proud of,” said Wade Creswell, vice president  of Development and Public Relations.

  • Harriman merchants chart course to prosperity

    A group of Harriman businesses wants to take action to ensure the city thrives.

    The Harriman Merchants Association was formed a little over three months ago with the idea of being a resource for the community’s businesses.

    “What can this association do to help your businesses? We talk about utilities, push each other, but we’ve got to have a plan on how to help each other,” said Wayne Best, one of the members. “By the first of the year, we need to have a short- term and long-term goal.”

  • Roane man convicted of sexual battery

    A Roane County man couldn’t convince a jury of his innocence during a two-day trial in criminal court last week.

    Roger A. Beu Jr. was found guilty of sexual battery by an authority figure.

    The jury returned the verdict on Friday.   

    Court documents listed Beu’s address as 211 West Cliff Drive.

    Beu, 50, was indicted by the Roane County grand gury in February 2009.

    The crime he was convicted of occurred in May 2008.

  • Roane man convicted of sexual battery

    A Roane County man couldn’t convince a jury of his innocence during a two-day trial in criminal court last week.

    Roger A. Beu Jr. was found guilty of sexual battery by an authority figure.

    The jury returned the verdict on Friday.   

    Court documents listed Beu’s address as 211 West Cliff Drive.

    Beu, 50, was indicted by the Roane County grand gury in February 2009.

    The crime he was convicted of occurred in May 2008.

  • Houston brothers face civil suit in shooting

    Rocky and Leon Houston no longer face prison time for the shooting death of Mike Brown.

    They do, however, face a civil lawsuit filed by Brown’s mother Pat.

    The lawsuit was the subject of a hearing on Friday at the Roane County Courthouse.

    Judge Amy Hollars had Leon removed from the courtroom twice for unruly behavior.

    “This is conspiracy!” Leon hollered repeatedly the first time he was taken away.

    He directed an obscenity at the judge the second time.

  • Almost 16,000 voted in Nov. 2 general election

    The Roane County Election Commission met Thursday and certified the results from the Nov. 2 election.

    Anyone who wished to contest the results had five days after certification to do so.

    Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said he doubted anyone would.

    “I think the margins were wide enough that we won’t have any,” he said.

    Holiway said he thought the election went well and there were few complaints. According to returns posted by the Election Commission, 15,891 people voted.