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  • What legacy will Ferguson leave?

    Basic Education Plan. Tennessee Lottery. A failed push for a state income tax.

    Dennis Ferguson witnessed them all from his chair in the Tennessee House of Representatives. And, with the exception of the proposed income tax, he voted in favor of them — and the budgets to fund them.

    “There was a lot of times I had to hold my nose and turn my head, but I voted for it,” he said of the budgets that he’s approved over a 20-year period. “Everything’s not been perfect, but I believe the good outweighs the bad.”

  • Four charged in meth lab operations

    A strong chemical smell tends to be an obvious sign of meth activity.

    Deputies detected the smell at a home on River Road last Tuesday.

    “We talked to the people there and saw signs and evidence that meth was being cooked and being used,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said. “We took four people into custody and actually found the components of the lab where they had recently been cooking.”

  • Man held Wartburg teenager in Harriman

    By Judy Byrge

  • Old Harriman church 'falling in on itself'

    A church building once touted as Harriman’s oldest has fallen into a sad state of disrepair.

    “It’s just falling in on itself,” said Pat LaDue, who lives in the historic Morgan Street area shared by the rotting wooden structure that originally housed Harriman First Christian Church. “It’s terrible. The pigeons are flying in there all the time. The whole inside of the church is filled with pigeon waste.”

  • Old Harriman church 'falling in on itself'

    A church building once touted as Harriman’s oldest has fallen into a sad state of disrepair.

    “It’s just falling in on itself,” said Pat LaDue, who lives in the historic Morgan Street area shared by the rotting wooden structure that originally housed Harriman First Christian Church. “It’s terrible. The pigeons are flying in there all the time. The whole inside of the church is filled with pigeon waste.”

  • Ferguson: 'I'll be back. Soon.'

    Don’t count Dennis Ferguson out yet.

    The longtime state House of Representatives member may not be returning to Nashville for Tuesday’s convening of the Tennessee General Assembly,  but he’s far from finished with public service.

  • Cawood says board counsel violated rule

    Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 8.3 says that a lawyer having knowledge that another lawyer has committed a violation of the rules of professional conduct shall inform the disciplinary counsel of the Board of Professional Responsibility.

    Attorney Chris Cawood said that’s why he’s filed a complaint with the board against attorney Sandy Garrett.

    The tricky thing there is she works for the board.  

  • Two women found shot to death

    Two women were found dead of gunshot wounds at a home on Eblen Street in Rockwood on Sunday.

    The case remains under investigation.

    "We're awaiting the autopsy report tomorrow," Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett said Sunday. "It's possible that it may be a homicide-suicide."

    Stinnett said the bodies were discovered around 2:45 p.m.

    He identified the women as Chelci Miles and Destiny Vestal.

  • Roane County Schools closed Friday, Jan. 14

    Roane County Schools will be closed Friday, Jan. 14.

  • Ambulance committee meeting set

    Roane County Commission’s ambulance committee is scheduled to meet on Jan. 13 at the EMS office in Midtown.

    It will be the committee’s first meeting since new committee appointments were approved in October.

    Commissioner Ron Berry said the lack of meetings is shocking considering the problems facing the county’s ambulance department.

    “There just doesn’t seem to be any sense of urgency,” Berry said.