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  • Pinnacle Pointe fray hurts others

    The fracas between Harriman officials and developers of a Hwy. 70 shopping center is causing problems for more than the parties involved.

    An adjacent landowner has told city officials that three multi-million-dollar development deals have fallen through in the past few years because the potential businesses are unable to use roads in the Pinnacle Pointe shopping center.

    “We lost the medical center. It went to the county. If the road was there, we would have it in the city,” said Harriman council member J.D. Sampson.

  • Kingston man gets tasered in incident

    A Kingston man was arrested after a Saturday incident in which he threatened to harm himself and later hurled threats at his mother.

    A Kingston police report said officers tasered 39-year-old Russell Slonaker for refusing to comply with orders after an officer convinced him via telephone to leave the home without weapons.

    Slonaker was charged with domestic assault and disorderly conduct.

  • Red Cross in need of volunteers

    The Knoxville Area Chapter of the American Red Cross needs volunteers in Roane County to respond to the needs of people who have been the victims of a house fire.

    “It is essential, because if we don’t have them then our services are delayed and people go without,” said Mary Beth Birge, director of disaster services for the Knoxville chapter. “These volunteers are everything to the victim.”

    Birge said the Red Cross responded to almost two dozen fires in Roane County during the organization’s last fiscal year.

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  • Design may be flooding cause

    A shoddy design may have caused the flooding that occurred at Roane County’s new emergency management center earlier this year.

    In a letter to County Executive Ron Woody, Purchasing Agent Lynn Farnham said she contracted with McGill Associates, a Knoxville-based engineering firm, to determine the cause of the flooding.

  • Audit: Gas officials took trips on public funds

    A Tennessee Comptroller’s Office investigative audit has revealed that two gas utility districts that serve portions of Roane County are among five in East Tennessee that used public funds to pay for vendor-offered expensive trips for their employees, spouses and other guests.

  • New line to boost power in Kingston

    From staff reports

    TVA is building 1.2 miles of new transmission line to provide power to Rockwood Electric Utility’s Kingston substation.

    TVA said the substation is being upgraded from 69 kilovolts to 161 kilovolts.

    The upgrade is essential, according to TVA officials, because of age and condition issues at the substation.

  • FIGHTNIGHT!

    Seeing someone in a rear-naked choke doesn’t make Shanna Moore squeamish.
    “I like watching people get their butt kicked,” she said.
    Moore was in the right place on Oct. 16, attending an amateur mixed martial arts event in Harriman with her friend Emma Hillier.
    Young, old. Male, female. Devoted fans and first timers. The event attracted a diverse crowd.

  • Sentence is cut for man found guilty of murder

    A state appeals court has decreased the sentence of a man convicted of murder in Roane County by five years.
    David Cosgriff, 68, was accused of killing Kathleen Taylor. The 76-year-old Harriman woman’s remains were discovered in a rural area of the county in December 2003.
    Cosgriff was tried in July 2009 and found guilty of second-degree murder and theft over $1,000.
    Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen found that Taylor was particularly vulnerable due to her age and enhanced the second-degree murder sentence from 15 to 20 years.

  • Rockwood to stay with certified tax rate

    Now is not the time.
    That was how several Rockwood City Council members felt about the possibility of going above the new certified tax rate of 75 cents per $100 valuation.
    Rockwood City Council voted in favor of going with the new certified rate at an emergency meeting called Tuesday, Oct. 19. Councilman Harold Ishman was the only dissenting vote. Councilman Bill Thompson was not present.