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  • Justice remembers loss to Cooley

    Sharon Lee still has vivid memories of coming to Roane County to try a case as a young lawyer many years ago.
    “Polk Cooley was on the other side,” she recalled. “Anybody want to guess how that case turned out for me?
    “He beat me like a drum.”

    Despite her loss to Rockwood’s legendary attorney, things still worked out well for Lee.
    The Madisonville native was appointed to the Tennessee Supreme Court in 2008, and she remains a justice on the state’s high court today.

  • Butler ready for disciplinary hearing

    Harriman attorney Donice Butler said she’s ready to defend herself against the allegations that she wronged clients.
    That chance could come this month.
    “I’ve never been afraid of facing my accusers,” she said.
    The Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility, which oversees the conduct of attorneys, filed a petition for discipline against Butler in May 2012 after some of her former clients accused her of wrongdoing.

  • Rockwood wastewater work to begin soon

    State-mandated improvements at Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas utility’s  wastewater plant are moving forward.
    The project, which includes the addition of oxidation ditches and other measures, has been pushed back numerous time. The last delay involved  unexpectedly high bids.
    Utility manager Kim Ramsey said she expects a notice to proceed from the state on July 15. Work may begin that day, she added.

  • Database could help the helpers

    Nonprofit organizers looking for funding help can now start their search at Harriman city hall.
    The city isn’t writing checks, but the building is home to computers where people can, for free, search the Foundation Directory Online, an online funding research tool created by the Foundation Center.

  • Boys and Girls Club nears start

    Advocates of a Boys and Girls Club in Roane County are still passionate about their cause.
    They hope to see the beginnings of a club soon, too.
    “Our goal is to have a club in either Rockwood Middle School or Harriman Middle School by the middle of December,” said Sarah Stevenson, board development chair of the Roane County Boys and Girls Club. “It is a goal. We don’t have any money yet. We are going to have a founder’s campaign.”

  • Selling the Boom

    Wayne Lewis has been selling fireworks for the past 10 years in Roane County. Louie's Fireworks is located at Swamp Pond and Highway 70. Lewis and his wife, ReGennia, started selling fireworks for their children.
    "It's a family thing, we don't try and make a lot on our fireworks," Lewis said, "Just something we love to do together."
    Lewis and his wife stay at their location throughout the night to keep an eye on things. Having a bed, coffee machine, microwave and potable toilet help make the nights easier.

  • Harriman councilman owes county taxes

    Harriman City Councilman J.D. Sampson loyally attends city meetings.

    He’s so passionate about the city he serves that he won’t shop elsewhere, and he often playfully chides officials for shopping at Walmart, the retail giant that left Harriman for Rockwood years ago.

    His loyalty, though noble, may mean little if he doesn’t
    pay back taxes owed to the county.

  • Pinnacle Pointe suit may be out

    An end to a six-year-long battle over who owes whom between the city of Harriman and shopping-center developers may soon come to an end if a Harriman official has his way.

    Harriman officials will discuss Tuesday whether to drop litigation against Prestige Land Co.’s Jerry Duncan and Steve Kirkham, developers of Midtown’s Pinnacle Pointe shopping center.

  • Last load of ash excavated from TVA Kingston spill site

    Friday marked another milestone in the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant ash spill cleanup.

    “As of today, we have removed the last load of ash from the lake that we intend to,” said Craig Zeller, project manager for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    “We are now done excavating ash.”

  • Comptroller visits in Roane

    Taking on public corruption doesn’t come without some backlash.

    “That’s part of the game,” Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury Justin P. Wilson said.

    “We have people who don’t think we’re accurate. We have people who don’t think we’re fair or there are people that just don’t like for us to say what we found.”

    Wilson, one of the state’s constitutional officers, visited Roane County on Friday.