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  • Woman dies in Rockwood fire

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    A Roane County family is mourning the loss of an 82-year-old woman who was killed early Friday morning in a house fire near Rockwood.

    Firefighters searched for the better part of the day Friday for Edna Pearl Cleveland, whose body was recovered mid-afternoon inside the charred remains of her Joiner Hollow Road home.

  • Former Oliver Springs man wins Tony

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    It would be more than enough for most people to perform at the Tony Awards, but a former Oliver Springs resident did that and took away the Tony for best performance by a featured actor in a musical.

    Levi Kreis performed many of his signature songs from his winning role as Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet before hearing his name called as the winner.

  • Open at last: Veterans clinic now serving patients from Rockwood office

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    For years, Charlie Parker had hoped to see the day when veterans would have an opportunity to receive VA health-care services without having to leave Roane County.

    With Wednesday’s opening of the new veterans clinic in Rockwood, his dream has finally become a reality.

    “It’s big for the veterans,” Parker said. “It’s more than we had. Health-wise, I think we’ll benefit from it being here.”

  • State comptroller says reappraisal will stand

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson made one thing clear Thursday.

    “No one in Roane County has the authority to change the laws of the state of Tennessee,” he said. “Roane County, like any other county in the state of Tennessee, is required to follow the laws of this state.”

    The laws of this state say reappraisals are required at least every six years. Roane County is on a five-year cycle, and has already completed its reappraisal for 2010.

  • Mixed martial arts’ home advantage not winning overwhelming endorsement

     By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    A few hundred dollars.

    Rockwood City Recorder Jim Hines said that’s all the city got from an amateur mixed martial arts event at Rockwood Community Center last year.

    While the dollars may have been few, the complaints generated by the event, dubbed “Redemption,” were apparently enough for city officials to ban future MMA fights at the community center.

  • Proposal to freeze assessments probably too late

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    A resolution that seeks relief from this year’s reappraisal is on the tentative agenda for the June 14 Roane County Commission meeting.

    Commissioner David Currier submitted the resolution.    

    “I felt like the reappraisals were out of line,” he said.

  • 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.