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  • Ambulance service hits hard times

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County’s ambulance service has fallen on some hard times.

    “We are having a manpower shortage,” said Gloria Wright, director of emergency medical services. “Our paramedics and EMTs (emergency medical technicians) are having to run back-to-back calls, sometimes 24 hours a day.”

    Wright said six additional full-time employees will help. The County Commission could decide today, March 8, whether to give Wright’s department the requested help.

  • When it comes to census, we all add up

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The amount of federal dollars Roane County receives this decade could depend on how strongly residents participate in the 2010 Census. The questionnaires are being mailed out this month.

    “It’s important for funding,” Roane County Executive Mike Farmer said. “Every grant that we apply for — most all grants that we apply for — comes back to census data.”

    Economic development also depends a lot on census data.

  • Double jeopardy bars Rocky Houston retrial, appeals court rules

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    If you improperly release a jury, you release a defendant. Defense attorney Randy Rogers argued this point before the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals on behalf of Rocky Houston last November.

    The appeals court agreed with Rogers, this week finding that Special Judge James “Buddy” Scott improperly discharged the jury in Houston’s murder trial.

  • Property tax reappraisals coming

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Property owners can expect to get a reappraisal notice sometime this spring.

    Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham said her office is in the process of reappraising every parcel in the county.   

    “The reappraisal is near completion,” she said.

    Kirkham said the notices will have a phone number people can call to get an explanation if they have questions about their appraisal.

  • Appeals Court: Rocky Houston cannot be retried

     

     

    Look for more on this in the Roane County News as this story develops.

     

     

     

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

  • Lawyer, Houston had own clashes

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    As an aspiring attorney in the 1970s, Randy Rogers said he was involved with an appellate case known as Kersey v. State.

    Kersey was one of several pieces of case law cited in the Court of Criminal Appeals’ opinion in the Rocky Houston case.       

  • Controversial former constable has wife arrested

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

  • New traffic lights a go in Rockwood

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    There’s good news for anyone who has driven through Rockwood and can swear that they’ve hit every traffic light on red.

    The installation of more sophisticated new traffic lights at  Gateway Avenue intersections is under way this week.

    “Our contractor to work on signals is expected to start work Wednesday or Thursday of this week,” said Tennessee Department of Transportation spokeswoman Yvette Martinez.

  • TVA cleanup could need 35,000 trucks

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Thousands and thousands of trucks hauling ash out of Roane County.

    That could happen under some of the alternatives being considered to dispose of the ash that spilled during the disaster at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant.

    “I know the idea of 35,000 trucks running through the neighborhoods doesn’t make anybody real happy,” EPA remedial project manager Craig Zeller said. “It causes some concern.”

  • Rockwood says goodbye: Councilman loses health battle

    By CHERYL DUNCAN

    cduncan@roanecounty.com

    John Stanley “Stan” Wassom, a first-term Rockwood City Council member whose zeal for history left an indelible imprint on the city’s Christmas Tour of Homes, died Sunday morning in Parkwest Medical Center, Knoxville.

    He was 68.