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  • Suspicious death probed in East Roane

    A man was found dead from a gunshot wound Sunday afternoon, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is assisting the Roane County Sheriff’s Office in investigating the suspicious death.

    Johnny Franklin Douglas, 73, 33475 Kingston Hwy., was found near his workshop at his home.

    “The cause of death was definitely a gunshot wound to the area of the head,” said Sheriff Jack Stockton.

    Stockton said it cannot be determined if it was self-inflicted or if someone else did it by the trajectory of the shot.

  • ORNL announces breakthrough in superconductivity

    Scientists have a clearer understanding of how to control the appearance of a superconducting phase in a material, adding crucial fundamental knowledge and perhaps setting the stage for advances in the field of superconductivity.

  • Rockwood adds police position

    Rockwood City Council members voted to create a new patrolman position on Monday.

    “What we are asking for is one additional,” said Chief Danny Wright. “Steven Bryant has been on extended leave for almost 10 months well, actually, since Aug. 1.

    “What we’d like to do at least at this point is put it in there until someone retires. Of course, what I would like to see is for it to become permanent,” Wright said.

  • Gallaher remains free on bond despite new charge

    Eric Gallaher can remain free on bond while his felony cases are pending in Roane County Criminal Court. Prosecutors sought to revoke his bond over a recent domestic assault charge he picked up.

    Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen denied the motion at a Tuesday hearing in Loudon County.

    “He doesn’t pose any risk of flight,” Gallaher defense attorney Donice Butler said. “He’s been to court every time.”

  • Butler claims hearing board was paid to rule against her

    Harriman attorney Donice Butler said hearing panel members who ruled in her disciplinary case were bought off by the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility.

    “I think the board is way overreaching their power,” she said. “I think the whole system is patently unconstitutional when you pay people to rule in your favor, and that’s basically what happened.”

    The Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility oversees the conduct of attorneys for the Tennessee Supreme Court.

  • Paper? Check. Pencil? Check. iPad?

    Students at more Roane County schools could be allowed to use iPads, iPhones, iPods and other like devices during the school day next school year.

    Last July, the Board of Education approved a trial program for the 2013-14 school year that allows personal communication and personal electronic devices to be used by students attending Midway High School and Cherokee Middle School.

    The board’s policy committee voted last week to recommend expanding the program to all high schools for the 2014-15 school year.

  • Rockwood ponders hiking bid minimum

    Rockwood City Council approved a change to its purchasing policy several years ago to allow city representatives to purchase anything costing  less than $5,000 without advertising for competitive bids.

    Tonight — Monday — the council will consider first reading of an ordinance that would up that minimum to $10,000.

    “My motion would be that we move the required bid amount to $10,000 — but anything $5,000 or above has to be approved by city council,” said Councilman Jason Jolly.

  • Midtown traffic lights set to go on next week

    The westbound off-ramp at Interstate 40 and Pine Ridge Road is nearly finished.

    Traffic lights, which have been in place and covered in black plastic for several weeks, will soon be lit, Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesman Mark Nagi confirmed late last week.

    “The contractor is scheduled to be on the job site Monday, May 5, 2014, to adjust the lights and turn them on for the seven-day flashing,” Nagi said.
    The schedule is weather permitting, he added.

  • Rockwood may replace bridge

    A longtime dream of Rockwood officials — replacing the narrow bridge to the Roane County Animal Shelter on Manufacturers Road — may finally become reality.

    City officials said they were told the state has a surplus of $600,000 for bridge repairs in Roane County.

    “I advised Nashville we do want that bridge fixed,” said Mayor James Watts.

    The city will be required to match 2 percent — or roughly $6,000 of the $300,000 estimated bridge repair cost — through a state grant.

  • Rockwoodian arrested for firing gun at police, female

    A Rockwood man is accused of shooting toward a police officer, a patrol car and a fleeing female Thursday evening.

    Terry Alvin Jones, 45, is charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder in the incident at 603 S. Douglas Ave.

    “We received a call on a domestic complaint,” said Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright.

    “What happened was the female — the woman — came running out toward Brandon Smith — Officer Smith,” Wright said.