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  • Troops back home after Mideast tour

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    A heartwarming glow of love and patriotism enveloped the Rockwood National Guard Armory Thursday night.

    It started building as the families of the 278th Armored Calvary Regiment Troop H, known as Hammer Troop, were bubbling over with excitement as they prepared for the bus carrying the troops to arrive at the armory, which they decked out in red, white and blue.

  • Roane County News wins top honor, 11 awards

    The Roane County News garnered a whopping 11 Tennessee Press Association awards at the 2010  summer convention last week, including one of the top honors — the prestigious Edward J. Meeman award for public service.

    Roane County News' first place in the public service category involved the newspaper’s work on the TVA disaster at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

    It included stories and editorials by editor Terri Likens and stories by reporter Damon Lawrence.

  • Rockwood regiment home from Iraq

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    More members of the National Guard’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment are getting some time at home.

    The group, members of the 278th's H Troop, returned to the Rockwood National Guard Armory a little after 8 p.m. Thursday.

    Flags and a large banner saying “Welcome Home 278th” awaited them on Rockwood Street.

    Kelly Gibson of Rockwood Merchants Association said the soldiers’ families didn’t even know a definite return day until Tuesday.

  • Late court becoming norm for hefty caseloads

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    One day continues to stand out from others at the Roane County Courthouse.

    “Mondays are getting horrible,” General Sessions Court Judge Dennis Humphrey said.

    That was evident last week. Humphrey’s courtroom also serves as the meeting place for the Roane County Commission. He was still holding court when commissioners showed up for their 7 p.m. meeting, so officials stood out in the hallway.

  • TVA trucks rankle residents again

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    A misunderstanding or an about-face on a promise.

    That issue came up last week between TVA and some residents in Swan Pond.  

    TVA is doing utility work in the area, and residents said that led to heavy truck traffic on Swan Pond Circle past Swan Harbour subdivision.

    “The problem we’re having is they promised us they would not bring truck traffic this way,” resident Andy Avel said.  

  • Mystery truck nearly kills man

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The family of James Kirkland said he’s spent the last few weeks in the hospital.

    Someone else is responsible for putting him there, they said, but finding that person has proven difficult so far.

    According to a Tennessee Highway Patrol crash report, Kirkland was traveling east on Harriman Hwy. on June 30 when another vehicle, described as a log truck, crossed the center line and struck his left side mirror.

  • Miss Roxie, 107-year-old Rockwood columnist, dies

    By TERRI LIKENS

    tlikens@roanecounty.com

    One of Roane County’s most beloved figures, 107-year-old “Miss Roxie” McClendon of Rockwood, died Tuesday morning.

    As the author of the “Eureka” column for The Rockwood Times, she was one of the oldest newspaper columnists in the world.

    “She had the most peaceful, natural death,” Tina Crisp said of her grand-aunt.

  • Dead dog owner takes settlement from groomer, but threatens to picket

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The civil matter between Regina Sutton and Lorri Case was settled in court.

    However, the feud may not be over.

    Sutton said she plans to protest outside L.A. Paws, Case’s pet- grooming business on Gateway Avenue in Rockwood, on Saturday.

    “I’m going to do everything I can to put her out of business,” Sutton said.

    Sutton’s dog, a 3-year-old schnauzer named Brunswick, died at L.A. Paws on June 11.

    “She killed my dog,” Sutton said.

  • Kingston considering body art proposal

    By TERRI LIKENS

    tlikens@roanecounty.com

    How to handle employee tattoos and body piercings was a prickly issue at Kingston City Council’s July workshop meeting this week.

    City Manager Jim Pinkerton brought up the issue as part of potential changes to the dress and appearance part of Kingston’s personnel manual.

  • Candidates look for answers at forum

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Ron Woody has spent years advising county governments how to do business.

    Mike Farmer wanted to know if Woody thought his consultant work qualified him to be Roane County executive.

    “Mr. Woody, you have indicated that you have the best experience,” Farmer asked during a candidates forum on Thursday.

    “Is it your position, then, that advising somebody how to do a job is better than actually doing the job yourself?”