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  • County borrows millions

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Roane County Commission has given its stamp of approval for the county to borrow several million dollars for a number of capital projects and the refinancing of outstanding debt.

    All together, the county’s loans will be around $8.8 million. Morgan Keegan representative Scott P. Gibson said that money includes about $3.4 million in new debt and refinancing about $5.4 million in old debt, including a number of capital outlay notes.

    Commissioners were not unanimous in their votes for the loans.

  • Wassom sworn in with late-husband's Bible

    By CHERYL DUNCAN

    cduncan@roanecounty.com

    Judy Wassom made a vow to the people of Rockwood immediately after taking her oath of office Monday as a new member of Rockwood City Council.

    “I’ve got to quit running stop signs,” she quipped as laughter ensued. “I’m going to work on that.”

    That was one of the lighter moments in what was perhaps one of the more poignant openings of a Rockwood council meeting, the first since the untimely death of Wassom’s husband and council predecessor, Stan Wassom.

  • Burned body part of "elaborate suicide,' officials say

    STAFF REPORTS

    A call to a brush fire took a strange turn early this week.

    A man’s body was found burning in the fire in a wooded area behind his home on Monday evening.

    His wife is the one who called in the fire, authorities said.

    “We’re calling it some sort of elaborate suicide,” said Kristin Helms, spokeswoman for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

    Helms said the man has been identified as Victor Gordon of 151 Scenic View Drive, Roane County.

  • Harriman clerk thwarts would-be thief

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    A feisty clerk thwarted a man from robbing a check-cashing business in South Harriman Friday afternoon.

    According to the 911 dispatch call sheet, 57-year-old Debra Easter, a clerk at Early Check Cash at 1205 S. Roane St., told dispatchers the suspect tried to kill her.

    “She actually got in a scuffle with the guy,” Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said. “She resisted. That is why he didn’t get anything.”

  • Ambulance service hits hard times

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County’s ambulance service has fallen on some hard times.

    “We are having a manpower shortage,” said Gloria Wright, director of emergency medical services. “Our paramedics and EMTs (emergency medical technicians) are having to run back-to-back calls, sometimes 24 hours a day.”

    Wright said six additional full-time employees will help. The County Commission could decide today, March 8, whether to give Wright’s department the requested help.

  • When it comes to census, we all add up

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The amount of federal dollars Roane County receives this decade could depend on how strongly residents participate in the 2010 Census. The questionnaires are being mailed out this month.

    “It’s important for funding,” Roane County Executive Mike Farmer said. “Every grant that we apply for — most all grants that we apply for — comes back to census data.”

    Economic development also depends a lot on census data.

  • Double jeopardy bars Rocky Houston retrial, appeals court rules

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    If you improperly release a jury, you release a defendant. Defense attorney Randy Rogers argued this point before the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals on behalf of Rocky Houston last November.

    The appeals court agreed with Rogers, this week finding that Special Judge James “Buddy” Scott improperly discharged the jury in Houston’s murder trial.

  • Property tax reappraisals coming

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Property owners can expect to get a reappraisal notice sometime this spring.

    Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham said her office is in the process of reappraising every parcel in the county.   

    “The reappraisal is near completion,” she said.

    Kirkham said the notices will have a phone number people can call to get an explanation if they have questions about their appraisal.

  • Appeals Court: Rocky Houston cannot be retried

     

     

    Look for more on this in the Roane County News as this story develops.

     

     

     

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

  • Lawyer, Houston had own clashes

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    As an aspiring attorney in the 1970s, Randy Rogers said he was involved with an appellate case known as Kersey v. State.

    Kersey was one of several pieces of case law cited in the Court of Criminal Appeals’ opinion in the Rocky Houston case.