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  • Professionalism aim of clerk hopefuls

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The candidates for circuit court clerk are not vowing to clean house.

    They are, however, pledging to clean up what they have referred to during the campaign as a lack of professionalism by the current office staff.

    “I think there’s some improvements that can be made there,” Kim Nelson said. “Just some of the things I’ve seen myself being there for the last few years and some of the complaints that some of my colleagues have.

  • Lawyers get seven hours at TVA chief

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Tom Kilgore will be on his home turf when he gives a deposition in the ash spill civil cases. The president and CEO of TVA is scheduled to be deposed at agency headquarters in Knoxville on Aug. 31. 

    TVA tried to prevent Kilgore from being deposed by attorneys for the plaintiffs, but U.S. Magistrate Bruce Guyton ruled that Kilgore has unique personal knowledge of facts and should be deposed.

    The deposition will be limited to seven hours, but Guyton could grant the plaintiffs more time.

  • Sheriff’s surplus more than $860,000

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Too much money to start with or good fiscal management?

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton maintains the latter is why hundreds of thousands of dollars went unspent in the budgets he oversees.

    Earlier this week, budget director Alva Moore said the county was still in the process of closing out its books for the 2009-10 fiscal year, but preliminary figures showed Stockton spent $861,592.03 less than what was budgeted.

  • 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.