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  • Old jail plan nice, but ohhhhh! the price

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The plan sounds good.

    The price doesn’t.

    Commissioner James Brummett said that was his impression of a re-use study for the old county jail.

    The cost to renovate the building was estimated at $696,056.

    The price tag, according to SpiritArchitecture’s Scott Rozanski, assumes that the project would go out for bid in July. 

    “I wouldn’t recommend putting that kind of money in it at this time,” Brummett said.

  • Money juggled for VA clinic

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    The Roane County Economic Development Foundation Board approved a request from Rockwood to move some of the city’s already alloted money for paving to pay for the replacement of a heating and cooling system at the future veterans clinic.

    The foundation board unanimously approved the move.

    The veterans clinic will be operated by a private business in the Chamberlain Professional Building in downtown Rockwood.

  • Cawood sues over courthouse arrest

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Attorney Chris Cawood is seeking $100,000 in damages over a courthouse fracas that occurred in May 2009.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Guy McGuckin used a chokehold to restrain Cawood, who was arrested and charged with resisting arrest.

    A judge found Cawood not guilty during a trial last November. 

    In a lawsuit filed by his attorney, Dan Channing Stanley, Cawood alleges he was assaulted, falsely arrested and maliciously prosecuted.

  • School policy: Frayed jeans won't make the grade

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Frayed and ripped jeans may be the style nowadays, but they’re banned from the classroom under Roane County Schools’ revised dress-code policy.

    The revamped policy forbids clothing with holes, rips, frays, tears or cuts.

    The Board of Education unanimously approved the revised policy late last week. The revisions had the full endorsement of the board’s policy committee.

  • Kirkham apologizes for prank

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham has apologized to the Panama City Beach, Fla., Police Department.

    In a letter dated May 3, Kirkham wrote that she deeply regrets that a private prank created difficulty for the police department.

    “I am therefore extending an apology to you and your department for any inconvenience this may have caused,” she wrote.

    “When I return to Panama City Beach, I will come to your office and apologize to you personally.”    

  • Kirkham apologizes to Florida police force

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham has apologized to the Panama City Beach Police Department.

    In a letter dated May 3, Kirkham writes that she deeply regrets that a private prank created difficulty for the police department.

    “I am therefore extending an apology to you and your department for any inconvenience this may have caused,” she wrote. “When I return to Panama City Beach, I will come to your office and apologize to you personally.”

  • Vandals tear up veterans statue in Harriman park

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    The Roane County Veterans Memorial at Harriman Riverfront Park was vandalized over the weekend.

    The head on a statue of a soldier was broken off.

    A gazebo was damaged, and lights and signs were removed.

    Harriman police reports said the memorial statue had been knocked off the platform it was attached to and the head is missing.

  • OUCH! Tax assessment hikes leave some gasping

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    If the crowd that gathered in Claude and Judith Prater’s Sequoyah Shores living room Monday evening was any indication, there are some upset property owners in Roane County.

    The source of the anger is the reappraisal notices that arrived in the mail over the weekend.

    Claude said he gasped when he saw the appraised value on his property was nearly half a million dollars.

  • Utility head accuses council trio of illegal meetings

    By CHERYL DUNCAN

    cduncan@roanecounty.com

    The general manager of three Rockwood public utilities is accusing three Rockwood City Council members of violating the Tennessee Open Meetings Law in an attempt to oust him from his job.

    In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Roane County Circuit Court, Rod King contends Rockwood Vice Mayor Peggy Evans and council members Ray Collett and Bill Thompson had secret meetings to discuss action that would lead to his removal as head of Rockwood Water, Wastewater and Natural Gas.

  • TVA goes with on-site ash storage for Phase 2 cleanup

    STAFF REPORTS

    Cheaper and least disruptive.

    TVA cited those factors for choosing on site disposal for the ash that’s removed in Phase 2 of the disaster cleanup.

    Phase 1, which is nearing completion, involved removing ash from the Emory River. Phase 2 includes removing ash from the embayment and closing the failed dredge cell.

    TVA said the work is expected to take almost four years and cost about $270 million.

    Three alternatives were considering for Phase 2; TVA went with the cheapest option.