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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.

  • Will Hurley show today?

    State Rep. Julia Hurley has yet to appear before the Roane County Commission to explain why she didn’t file a bill on its behalf.

    The request has been pending for nearly three months.

    When asked if she planned to attend the May 9 commission meeting, Hurley responded, “No. I am in session.”

    The General Assembly session ended on May 21.

    The commission meets again today – June 13 – at the Roane County Courthouse.

  • Rockwood charter gives no provisions for vice mayor title

    Rockwood doesn’t have a new vice mayor, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t.

    The Roane County News mistakenly reported that the top vote-getter in Rockwood City Council elections is named vice mayor. In the June 7 city race, Jason Jolly polled the highest number of votes.

    However, it was later clarified that Rockwood’s tradition is for the top vote-getter on election years with a mayoral race will be nominated as vice mayor.

  • Crossville man charged with attempting to rob Rite Aid

    A Crossville man was arrested June 8 after he allegedly tried to hold up the Rite Aid Pharmacy on West Race Street in Kingston.

    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said officers entered the business with weapons drawn and were able to take down the suspect, Anthony Michael Cordaro, without incident.

    “The officers did a very good job of maneuvering through the store without being detected by the suspect,” Washam said.

  • Health care facilities on the grow

    While finishing touches are being added to the new Physicians Plaza in Midtown, which will open July 22, Covenant Health is in the process of starting construction on a new facility for Roane Medical Center.

    Covenant representatives plan to officially break ground later this year in anticipation of the new hospital complex.

    The 64-acre site will be home to a Covenant campus that includes a state-of-the-art hospital, larger and more accessible parking areas and new patient and family amenities with private patient rooms.

  • Old Glory down before Flag Day