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  • Sheriff, DA support cold medicine bills

    Legislation that would make medicine containing pseudoephedrine available by prescription only has the support of Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton and District Attorney General Russell Johnson.
    Pseudoephedrine is used in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine.
    “That is the primary ingredient, the precursor,” Stockton said.
    The prescription-only legislation is pending in the Tennessee General Assembly.
    Stockton said he believes it would curb the meth problems in Roane County and across the state.

  • Progress takes a turn on Midtown’s Hwy. 70

    Growing business along Hwy. 70 means more roadwork on the busy stretch of highway.
    Earlier this month a crew from Yates Construction dug up a stretch of roadway that served as an acceleration lane for drivers leaving Harriman’s Pinnacle Pointe development going toward Kingston.
    Teddy Yates said plans are to install a left-turning lane for the physicians plaza that is being constructed across from the shopping center.
    “They have to do the road improvements for the development,” Yates explained.

  • Assessment OK'd for fire depts.

    Volunteerism is key for Roane County’s five fire departments, but the field of those willing to step forward is diminishing.

    “We’re down to 12 guys who can run calls,” said James Grant, chief of South Roane County Volunteer Fire Department. “We had roughly 85 people when I came on 11 years ago.”

    Though the numbers differ, fire chiefs of the county’s other departments echo that problem. According to Grant, it’s a crunch felt everywhere.

  • Luxury ‘on the hill’? Office furnishings ‘unfair assessment,’ Berry says

    What some call extravagant digs “up on the hill” at the Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas warehouse on Church Street has continued to be a topic long after the resignation of former general manager Rod King.

    Office space inside the warehouse has been improved in recent years with manpower from the utility staff. Those improvements do include the often-talked-about two flat-screen televisions and faux leather couches.

  • High-speed chase ends in Rockwood

    Two people were arrested March 6 after a high-speed chase ended with a crash in Rockwood.

    Nancy A. Lawson of 2541 Linden Ave., Knoxville, and Jason Ray Hackler of 141 East William Circle, Rockwood, were clocked driving 58 mph in a 40-mph zone in a stolen 2007 Chevrolet HHR.

    When attempts were made to stop the vehicle, the arrest report indicates that Hackler switched into the driving position heading south on Hwy. 27 into Rhea County and accelerated to “excess” speeds of 110 mph.

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  • McGriff given one-year contract extension

    A lot of time in prayer, sleepless nights and friends pulling her both ways.

    Roane County Board of Education member Marjorie Earick said those were some of the things she endured when pondering what to do about Director of Schools of Toni McGriff’s contract.

    “I finally had to come to the point to, Marjorie, what do you think is right?” she said. “What’s right for this county is for me to vote for Dr. McGriff for another year.”

  • GAS PAINS: Price at pump is binding budgets

    With gas prices skyrocketing at more than $3 in the last weeks, people on the private and public sectors are feeling the pinch.

    Roane County residents who commute or who travel for their work are especially noticing.

    “I drive the most fuel efficient car we have,” said Roane County resident Sarah McCoin. “I can’t afford to go to my job in Knoxville with a gas guzzler.”

    “I feel sorry for so many employees,” she added.

  • Manson killer remains behind bars

    Manson Family killer Bruce Davis waived his parole hearing earlier this year and remains behind bars in a California prison.

    Davis, 68, graduated from Roane County High School in 1961.

    He hooked up with Charles Manson after making his way to California.

    Manson and his followers went on a violent killing spree in California in 1969.

    Davis' attorney Michael Beckman argues that his client's role in the Manson Family was small.