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  • Harmon making another run despite health issues

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Campaigning could be in Roane County Commissioner James Harmon’s future after all.

    Despite setbacks from various ailments, Harmon said this week that he’s still planning to run in the August election.

    “I’m mending, and I think I will be all right,” he said. “As far as I’m concerned, I’m going to run again. One more time.”

    The field in District 2 will be crowded.

  • Jury seated in Rocky Houston assault trial

    By DAVID DOONAN

    ddoonan@roanecounty.com

    A jury has been seated in the assault trial of Rocky Houston.

    The jury will decide the fate of Houston, whose charges stem from a car chase with law enforcement in 2004.

  • Patience also on trial in Houston case

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    To say Wednesday was a trying day for Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood would be an understatement.

  • Developer owns wetlands Harriman oversees

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Although wetlands at the Pinnacle Pointe shopping center  are on privately owned property, the city of Harriman is responsible for monitoring them for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

    It’s a task that’s proved challenging.

    City officials and Prestige Land Co. partners Jerry Duncan and Steve Kirkham have been embroiled in a three-year tug-of-war over money each says the other owes them involving moving earth on the property.

  • State funding cuts could mean closure of Roane expo center

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Roane State Community College officials are going to make tough decisions in the coming weeks — including one that might do away with a major county economic driver.

    Roane State’s Henry/Stafford East Tennessee Agricultural Exposition Center, the site of many events from horse shows to rodeos, may be shut down as a result of cuts in state spending.

  • Federal grants cut both ways

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County Commissioner Ron Berry was taken aback when two U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant resolutions appeared on the budget committee agenda in December.

    “Obviously, Homeland Security has more money than they know what to do with,” he said.

    Homeland Security had a budget of $55.3 billion for fiscal year 2010.

    Despite a recession and a huge federal deficit, the agency wants even more money for fiscal year 2011, unveiling a budget request of $56.3 billion earlier this year.

  • Courts rule against TVA on immunity in ash disaster

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

  • Motorist who drove into daycare charged

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Rockwood police have charged the driver of a vehicle that crashed into a Roane County day-care center last Monday.

     Miranda Michelle Guy, 23, of 1469 Riggs Chapel Road, Harriman, has been cited for drug paraphernalia and for the violation of a code for drivers to exercise due care in conjunction with crash at The Henry Center.

  • Cherokee Middle wants own dress code

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Administrators at Cherokee Middle School want to implement a new dress code policy.

    Roane County Board of Education Member Kim Nelson said she thinks the policy goes too far.  

    “This new dress code is a complete overhaul of what this board has previously enacted,” Nelson said.

    At last week’s board meeting Nelson made a motion that the board’s policy committee take up the issue before any new policy is enacted at Cherokee.

  • Paving ends past official's driveway

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Ron Berry was appointed to the Roane County Commission on Sept. 14.

    Sometime after that, the county highway department put a fresh coat of pavement on his section of Emerald Cove Lane near Rockwood.

    A perk of office or just a coincidence? Officials contend it was the latter but have failed to provide paperwork to document their claim.

    “I came home one day, and it had been paved,” Berry said.

    Determining when that day was has proved complicated.