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  • Harriman finds money for employee bonuses

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Harriman’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year is lean, but it still includes a few donations to charities and a bonus for employees.

    In the first reading, Tuesday, June 22, the city gave its employees some bonuses.

    That equates to $400 to each full time employee. How much a part-time employee gets is based on a formula, but will be no less than $100.

  • ‘Hot’ property? DOE tests will tell

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Scott Boyes saw an opportunity seven years ago when the Tennessee Department of Transportation was constructing the new Hwy. 70 bridge.

    Boyes had a depression in his front yard and TDOT had some fill to get rid of.

    “I wanted it,” he said.

    The soil was brought to Boyes, who used it to fill in the low spot on his Walton Road property.

    However, what once seemed like an opportunity has now become a concern for Boyes.

  • Cawood case hindered by missing report, deputy hints

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The judge who presided over Chris Cawood’s bench trial last November suggested that the outcome could have turned out differently.

    “I won’t speculate what I would have done had the charge been disorderly conduct,” Special Judge Larry Warner said. “However, on the charge of resisting arrest, I find him not guilty.”

  • Dog dies at groomer, but why?

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Brunswick, a 3-year-old schnauzer, died at L.A. Paws on June 11; Regina Sutton and Lorri Case agree on that.

    What caused his death is where they differ.

    Sutton took Brunswick to L.A. Paws to be groomed and blames Case, the Rockwood shop owner, for his demise.

    “She killed my dog,” Sutton said.

    Case disagrees.

    “I don’t know what happened to him, but I did not kill him,” she said.

  • Officer says racism not intent of MySpace videos

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    A Harriman police officer has been instructed to remove offensive, racist content from his MySpace page after it was brought to officials’ attention last week.

    Officer Michael Cox, 25, told his supervisor he did not mean for videos he placed on the social networking page to be viewed as offensive and racist, said Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle.

  • State slaps TVA with record $11.5M fine

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    TVA has been hit with the largest fine the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has ever issued.

    The $11.5 million penalty, announced Monday by TDEC Commissioner Jim Fyke and Deputy Commissioner Paul Sloan, is for the fly ash catastrophe that occurred at the Kingston Fossil Plant on Dec. 22, 2008.

  • Lawyer: Pinnacle Pointe settlement may be 2 years away

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Millions are at stake in the monetary disagreement over the Pinnacle Pointe development in Midtown, but it could be two more years before a settlement is reached.

    Both the developers and the city of Harriman have filed suit in Roane County Chancery Court over the development.

    Harriman officials believe the Prestige Land Co. developers owe as much as $4.5 million in money the city overpaid on the public-private project.

  • 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.”