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  • Lawson found guilty of vehicular homicide

    Nicole Lynne Lawson was found guilty of vehicular homicide reckless conduct on Tuesday for her role in a 2009 fatal crash.

    The Roane County jury of seven women and five men returned to the courtroom with the verdict at 4:14 p.m. after deliberating for less than 30 minutes.
    “I think the jury did the right thing,” Assistant District Attorney General Bill Reedy said. “That’s about all I can say.”

  • Snodgrass, longtime Rockwood doctor, dead at age 85

    A longtime Rockwood physician known for his caring bedside manner and delivering a number of Rockwood’s children died Tuesday at his home in Sparta.
    John Vass Snodgrass Jr., 85, had a medical practice in Rockwood from 1960 until 1993.
    Peggy Evans, whose late husband, Dr. Tom Evans, was in medical practice with Snodgrass and the late Dr. Tom Fuller, said three men so caring of their patients could never again be found.

  • New federal trial date for Rocky Houston

    Rocky Houston’s Aug. 19 trial on federal firearms charges has been continued.
    U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. appointed Michael McGovern to represent Houston on July 31 after Houston complained about his previous attorney.

    “The court finds that to require defense counsel to proceed to trial on Aug. 19 would be a miscarriage of justice,” Shirley said in his order continuing the trial.
    “Mr. McGovern needs time to meet with the defendant, to review discovery, and to interview witnesses.”

  • Bank building appraisal cut by more than $2 million

    The Roane County Board of Equalization didn’t think the Regions Bank building in downtown Harriman should be appraised at $3.633 million.
    The assessor’s office raised it to that amount earlier this year.
    On Tuesday equalization board chairman T.H. Brown said the board decided the appraisal should be $1.050 million.     
    “That was our final adjustment this morning,” Brown said at the conclusion of Tuesday’s equalization board meeting.

  • Veterans outreach event slated Aug. 21

    A veterans outreach event will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 21 in Harriman Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6598 on Tub Springs Road.
    The event is to assist veterans and their families with claims assistance, educational resources and other concerns.
    Representatives from state, local and nonprofit agencies will be available to help veterans and their families in Roane, Anderson, Meigs, Morgan and Rhea counties.
    Contact Bonnie Johnson, Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs benefits representative, at 594-6158 for more information.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Isn’t it time school board learned a lesson?

    Ah, gentle reader, there are some things which just go on and on and on, no matter what anyone says or does, and the status of constant crisis in the Roane County School System is one of those things.
    We have been observing this situation for seventy years now, thus it has been during that whole time and present circumstances seem to promise no resolution in the next seventy years.

  • Bezos has chance to remake the newspaper model

    First Amendment Center
    Jeff Bezos made it clear in founding Amazon.com that he can compete in the marketplace.
    We’ll just have to wait and see if he can, and will, do the same thing in the marketplace of ideas — that equally combative zone protected and preserved by the First Amendment’s provision for a free press.

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  • A year later, Rockwood sees financial progress

    Repeat problems are found in Rockwood’s 2012 fiscal audit, but the management had made drastic changes since city recorder Becky Ruppe took office.
    Ruppe said she plans to continue to see progress and told Tennessee Comptroller Justin P. Wilson as much when he recently visited the county.
    “I told him we want to be the example that things can be fixed,” Ruppe said.
    Mayor James Watts has said he suspects auditors will always make some discoveries, but that the majority of them have been fixed and will not appear in future audits.

  • Get hooked at 23rd Fishing Rodeo for Kids on Saturday

    Dennis Ferguson’s 23rd annual Fishing Rodeo for Kids will be on Aug. 10 at Roane County Park in Midtown.
    The annual event is free to ages 5-14. 
    “I love seeing parents that came to the rodeo when they were children and they are now bringing their children to fish,” Ferguson said.
    Registration starts at 8 a.m., and fishing will begin at 9. 
    The first 300 children will receive a T-shirt, cap, and prizes will be awarded.
    Lunch will be provided.