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  • ‘Walking Tall’ constable falls short

    Being a deadbeat dad caught up to Mark Patton.
    The former constable is in the McMinn County jail for failing to pay child support.
    Patton has a daughter by a McMinn County woman.
    He’s being held on a $22,583 cash bond.
    Getting out of child support arrears could be difficult for Patton.
    He indicated he was broke in an affidavit of indigency filed in Roane County Criminal Court in August 2009.
    The affidavit said he was unemployed and receiving $400 a month in food stamps.

  • Driveway washouts irking to Midtowner

    Cynthia Gillow lives in the area of Midtown that has pitted Harriman against Kingston in court and on the ballot for first dibs on annexation.
    But the battle that led the two Roane County municipalities to the state’s highest court on Wednesday is not what’s on the Moses Lane woman’s mind.
    What’s troubling her is problems with her driveway, which she said washes away due to improper drainage along adjacent Hwy. 70 near Midtown Motel.

  • Houstons lose property over lawyer's payment

    Cleveland attorney James Logan purchased three tracts of Houston property for $150,000 at a foreclosure sale on the steps of the Roane County Courthouse Tuesday.

    Brothers Rocky and Leon Houston showed up to protest the sale, in which Logan was the only bidder.

    “I’m very disappointed that more people aren’t interested in buying this property at this time, but I understand it,” Logan said.

  • Highway safety cable repairs speeded up

    The cable barriers that stretch along interstates in Tennessee are supposed to serve a good purpose, but they are no match for some of the vehicles that travel on the roadways.

    A long stretch of cable barrier on Interstate 40 in Roane County was damaged on Dec. 22 when a tractor trailer ran off the road around the 356 mile marker.  

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the big rig entered and left the median, pulling the cable wire down the interstate. Its fuel tank ruptured and diesel fuel and oil was spilled on the roadway.

  • Tiger Haven on county agenda

    Next week’s Roane County Commission meeting could see discussion about Tiger Haven.

    Commissioner Ray Cantrell has submitted three resolutions regarding the facility.

    “There’s so many unanswered questions that I feel like we need to have some answers to it,” Cantrell said. “The only way we can do that is to get the right people either to write some letters back to us or come before us to answer some questions.”

    Tiger Haven is a big-cat sanctuary on Harvey Road in East Roane County.

  • Tiger Haven on county agenda

    Next week’s Roane County Commission meeting could see discussion about Tiger Haven.

    Commissioner Ray Cantrell has submitted three resolutions regarding the facility.

    “There’s so many unanswered questions that I feel like we need to have some answers to it,” Cantrell said. “The only way we can do that is to get the right people either to write some letters back to us or come before us to answer some questions.”

    Tiger Haven is a big-cat sanctuary on Harvey Road in East Roane County.

  • Woody seeks to reverse Rose, Stout pay cut

    One of Ron Woody’s first actions as county executive was cutting the salaries of Howie Rose and Scott Stout by 9 percent.

    Now Woody wants to change what has been done.  

    He’s submitted a resolution for the Jan. 10 commission meeting that asks for Rose and Stout, who work in the county’s Office of Emergency Services, to be returned to their previous pay grades.

    The resolution said the two men have worked diligently.

  • Nearly 100 sex offenders call Roane home

    Know where your loved ones are at all times.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said that’s his advice for people who have a sex offender living in their neighborhood.  

    “Particularly if you have children,” Stockton said. “Always know where they are.”

    A search of the Tennessee Sexual Offender Registry shows 91 sex offenders living in Roane County.

    That’s more than Loudon (79), but less than Cumberland (114).

  • 'NCIS' storyline puts Watson in spotlight

    It’s been a big year for Roane County’s resident thespian.

    Muse Watson, the actor who calls the area home and whose passion for the arts helped save Harriman’s Princess Theater, spent the majority of 2010 working steadily in California.

    “We have a home out there, and so we’re out there 90 percent of the time,” he said during a recent pre-holiday respite in his Harriman home. “We used to spend a third of the year here in Roane County.”

  • Midway Middle construction under way

    Midway Middle School recently broke ground to complete a 94-foot competition-ready gymnasium with a lobby and concessions.

     

    Other work includes adding a kitchen to the cafeteria, allowing school food workers to prepare meals onsite.

     

    At present, food is prepared at nearby Midway Elementary School and taken to the middle school to be served.

     

    The new construction and additions are funded through reparation money TVA is paying the county for the 2008 fly ash catastrophe at the Kingston Fossil Plant.