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  • Sheriff, deputy defendants in $8 million suit

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The mother of a man who was killed by a sheriff’s deputy is suing Roane County for $7.95 million.

    Sheriff Jack Stockton, Deputy Dustin Hensley, Investigator Bryan Walker, Chief Deputy Tim Phillips and County Executive Mike Farmer are named as defendants in the lawsuit, filed June 4 in Roane County Circuit Court by Oak Ridge attorney Mike Ritter on behalf of Martha Davis.

    Hensley shot Davis’ son, David Dickey, at his Quarry Road home on the night of June 6, 2009.

  • Two dogs shot, then released to owner

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    A Roane County sheriff’s deputy shot two pitbulls Saturday on Keylon Drive in the Midtown area.

    According to a sheriff’s office offense report, animal control officer Josh Strickland requested backup after two pitbulls chased him to his truck.

    Deputy John Mayes was one of the officers who showed up to help.

  • Accident leaves Rockwood teen dead

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    A dream that doesn’t seem real. That’s how Patricia Morrone described losing her son over the weekend.

    Tyler Bennett, 14, of Wheeler Street in Rockwood, died on Saturday at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. He attended Rockwood Middle School during the recently completed school year.

    Friends and family said he cut his leg early Saturday morning after punching out a window at an abandoned house.

  • Real estate agent busy, but not with sales

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The phones have been ringing a lot lately at Joyce Fitzgerald’s Realty Executives’ office on Gallaher Road, Kingston.

    Fitzgerald said the increase is not because more people are looking to buy a home. She attributes it to the county’s reappraisal.

    Property owners have been calling, wanting to know if their property is really worth as much as the property assessor’s office says it is.

  • Swan Pond appraisals seem to defy logic

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers the TVA ash spill “one of the worst environmental disasters of its kind in history.”

    Imagine the surprise of some Swan Pond residents who received new appraisal cards from the county last month and saw that their property values didn’t decrease, but actually rose.

    “The property appraisals do not reflect at all the hardship the community has gone through,” Tom Grizzard said.

  • When did water board members step aside?

    By CHERYL DUNCAN

    cduncan@roanecounty.com

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas Board Chairman Harold Ishman first received word that three board members were resigning in letters dated March 26.

    Those documents, delivered to Ishman before what was to be the board’s April 26 meeting, indicated Carl Lehman, LeRoy Wilson and Dean Woodall planned to step off the board in a month, on May 26.

    They weren’t, however, the only notices he received. About two weeks later, Ishman received a second set of letters at his home.

  • Two injured when plane overshoots runway

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Two people were injured on Memorial Day when a small single-engine plane overshot a runway at Oliver Springs Airport.

    Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputy William S. Lucas identified the victims as Elizabeth Reilly Fiala, 57, and Thomas Alan Fiala, 67, both of Dickson.

    Lucas reported he met with Oliver Springs police at the airport at 320 Airport Road and saw the aircraft in a creek off the north end of the runway.

  • Keeper of the stones: Dyllis Cemetery trustee takes job personally

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    On Memorial Day, the focus is on lost loved ones.

    Bob Brannon, however, a trustee for Dyllis Cemetery, makes remembering an everyday thing.

    He long had been a dedicated trustee, but since the death of his wife, Jeanette, in 2006, he’s there practically daily.

    “I do it because I’m 79,” Brannon said. “I have nothing else to do in the summertime besides this and feeding my cat,.”

  • Ishman, Nuckols get OK to sign workers' checks

    By CHERYL DUNCAN

    cduncan@roanecounty.com

    Monday was the scheduled payday for the 34 employees of Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas.

    Due to the Memorial Day holiday, they won’t receive their paychecks until Tuesday.

    A day’s wait is a welcome relief, however, for many of the workers who worried last week they wouldn’t receive their pay at all because of the believed disbandment of Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas Board.

  • Farmer skeptical of reappraisals

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County Executive Mike Farmer said he shares the pain many property owners are feeling.

    The reappraisal upped the value on his home from $336,500 to $482,500.

    “There’s a lot of things that make it very difficult for county officials as well as property owners in Roane County to understand the information about the reappraisal,” Farmer said.