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  • 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.

  • Who will get Midtown turf?

    The Tennessee Supreme Court heard arguments about the annexation dispute between Kingston and Harriman on Wednesday.

    “We have a very classic case of statutory interpretation,” attorney Thomas Hale argued on behalf of Kingston.

    The disputed territory is in Midtown, an area of the county that’s expected to boom because of a new state-of-the-art hospital that Covenant Health plans to build.

    Each city argued that the law was on its side.

  • Triage needed for ambulance dept.

    Ambulances will still be running in Roane County after June 30.

    Under whose operation is now in question.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said the financial situation facing the county’s ambulance department is so dire that he has to look into outsourcing the service.

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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.