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  • Houstons face lawsuit alone

    Brothers Rocky and Leon Houston no longer have co-defendants in a lawsuit filed by Pat Brown.

    All the county defendants, including former sheriff David Haggard, have been dismissed from the lawsuit.

    Brown filed the lawsuit in Roane County Circuit Court in 2007.

    Her son Mike was on a ride-along with Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Jones on May 11, 2006, when they were killed in a shootout with the Houston brothers.

  • Canada man crushed in freak accident

    STAFF REPORTS

    A man from Canada died from injuries he sustained when he tried to stop his rolling van in Kingston Saturday.

    The Kingston police and fire departments were dispatched to the Motel 6 parking lot on Gallaher Road.   

    According to police, they found a man pinned between the door of a Honda Odyssey van and a light pole when they arrived.

    Witnesses said the man, William E. Allan, was trying to get back in the van to stop it from rolling.   

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  • Ex-fire chief may go for Harriman mayor

    A former Harriman fire chief has indicated his intention to run against incumbent Chris Mason in the upcoming mayoral race.

    Both Mason and Wayne Best have taken out qualifying petitions to seek the office. As of Friday, neither man had returned the petitions, according to the Roane County Election Commission’s website.

    Both are former members of Harriman City Council, with Mason on the heels of completing his first term as mayor.

    All of Roane County’s municipalities will elect new city leaders on June 7.

  • 'Idol' over for Arthur

    Oliver Springs’ Janelle Arthur’s dreams of being the next “American Idol” have ended almost as quickly as they began.

    The 20-year-old singer was eliminated from the 10th season of the FOX talent-show-

    type series on Wednesday during Group Week, a challenge that in the past has proven to be the most difficult of the Hollywood Round.

    When judges gave Arthur their decision, she appeared pulled together but dejected.  

  • Schools head talks on tap

    Roane County Board of Education Chairman Darrell “Drack” Langley has scheduled a special-called meeting to discuss the director of schools situation.

    The meeting will be at 6 p.m. March 8.

    “I advise all board members to be here,” Langley said at Thursday’s board meeting.

    Director of Schools Toni McGriff’s contract is set to expire on June 30. The board has neither voted to extend the contract nor start the search for a new director.

  • Proposed bill would end BOE role in teacher talks

    For years the Roane County Board of Education has negotiated with the local teachers association.  

    Longtime Board Member Mike “Brillo” Miller said he doesn’t want to see that change.  

    “As long as I’m on this board, I think we should negotiate with our teachers association,” Miller said.

    Some legislators in Nashville — including state Rep. Julia Hurley — apparently don’t feel that way.

  • Nursing home residents, staff grieve loss of beloved pet

    Charlie was more than one person’s best friend.

    The friendly black Newfoundland who raised the spirits of residents at Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center left many heartbroken when he died on Feb. 10.

    “He’s the best friend I’ve ever had,” activities director Connie Shelton said through tears last week. “And still we’ve not been able to turn it loose.”

    Cancer claimed the life of the beloved canine who could often be found trotting the hallways of the nursing home.