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  • Road situation on development gets more complicated

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    In November 2008, Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland said he was confident the county would collect on a bond to ensure roads in Docks at Caney Creek subdivision are built to county specifications.

    McFarland said recently he’s still confident the county will collect, but it could take a protracted legal fight to do so.

  • School dress code plan has detractors

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Some people have complained that Cherokee Middle School’s proposed dress code would create an economic hardship.

    “‘Why am I having to pay extra money to get clothing for a public education?’ they tell me,” Roane County Board of Education Member Hugh Johnson said.

    Students who have a hard time financially could purchase low-cost “gently used items” from a school store that Cherokee would open twice a year. 

  • Rocky Houston guilty on two of six charges

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Rocky Houston went two-for-six as his own attorney.

    The jury in his police chase trial found him not guilty on two counts of aggravated assault, not

  • Voters may have double decision on constables

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Butch Barding said he doesn’t have a problem with letting voters decide whether Roane County should do away with the office of constable.

    Barding said he just has a problem with the question being on the same August ballot to elect constables.

  • Three up for county executive; sheriff's race has two contenders

    Election officials took filing petitions from four last-minute candidates Thursday to complete the filing for Roane County elections.

    Election Day is Aug. 5. The last-day filers were Fred Childress, a candidate for the Tennessee House of Representatives, 32nd District; Garvin J. Morris, County Commission, District 5; Kent D. Calfee, Constable District 5; and Brad E. Parish, Democratic State Executive Committeeman, 12th District.

    Others who met the noon April 1 filing deadline were:

    Roane County County Executive

    Mike Farmer

  • 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.