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  • Courthouse evacuated over 'irregularities'

    STAFF REPORTS

    The Roane County Courthouse was evacuated Monday morning for what Sheriff Jack Stockton said were precautionary reasons.

    “We found some unsecured doors to the courthouse,” Stockton said.

    Stockton said some suspicious wiring also contributed to the evacuation.

    A detection dog was brought in to search for explosives. None were found.

    The courthouse was opened for normal business after officers determined everything was safe.

  • Three vie for Hooks' open seat

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Three people expressed interest in the District 1 open commission seat during a public hearing at the Roane County Courthouse on Tuesday.

    Ron Berry, Robert Myers and Bill Wright made up the trio.

    “One thing I’ve always felt more important than others is as a member of this commission, it’s true that you represent your district,” Berry said. “But you also primarily represent this county.”  

  • Controversial TVA shoreline program dropped

    STAFF REPORTS

    The TVA board terminated the agency’s maintain-and-gain program at its Aug. 20 board meeting.

    The program allowed property owners to trade water-access rights with TVA.

    It came under scrutiny for a deal involving North Carolina Congressman Heath Shuler.

    The former University of Tennessee quarterback served on a congressional committee that had oversight authority over TVA.

  • Cyclist killed on Gallaher loved to ride

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Mary Daugherty got the visit that no wife ever wants.

    Police showed up at her residence to tell her that her husband wasn’t coming home.

    John Daugherty was riding a bicycle on Gallaher Road in Kingston on Tuesday when he was struck by a Toyota Tacoma and killed around 7 p.m.

    The impact left pieces of Daugherty’s bike strewn along the roadway.

    “He was pronounced dead on the scene,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said.

  • Cawood dodges another complaint

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The Board of Professional Responsibility failed to convince a hearing panel that Kingston attorney Chris Cawood violated rules of professional conduct.

    The board couldn’t convince Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood, either.

    “Having reviewed the entire record, the court agrees with the findings and conclusions of the hearing panel that there were no violations of the rules of professional conduct,” Blackwood wrote in his ruling.

  • Disaster recovery committee on the wane

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The county long term recovery committee went from meeting every week to every other week. Now it won’t meet again until Oct. 7.

    Only six members showed up at last week’s meeting — not enough for a quorum.

    Roane County Executive Mike Farmer formed the group after last December’s fly ash catastrophe at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant.

  • New hope for old paper mill?

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    The idea of utilizing the property of the former American Kraft Mills paper mill property in Harriman is gaining new life.

    Harriman Councilman Buddy Holley has been seeking grant money for the property, and he told the council recently he has found a couple of grants that might be available.

    “They are for brownfield sites,” Holley said.

  • Gun-in-parks law may hurt school sports

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The new state law that allows handgun permit holders to go armed in public parks went into effect Tuesday.

    That’s a cause for concern for some school officials, since student athletes play games in city parks.

  • Baby dead in pregnant woman's shooting

    From staff reports

    A pregnant woman who was shot in the stomach by her husband Friday morning is in critical condition at University of Tennessee Medical Center.

    Her unborn female child is deceased.

    Authorities said Justin Stone shot Jennifer Stone sometime around 8:30 a.m. Investigators are still trying to determine whether the shooting was an accident or intentional.

    Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said the husband appeared to be upset when officers got to the scene.  

  • New citizens group emerges from the ashes

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    TVA has endured some harsh criticism since the fly ash catastrophe at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

    Some of the agency’s most vocal Roane County critics have been selected to serve on the Roane County Community Advisory Group.