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  • 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.

  • Dead dog owner takes settlement from groomer, but threatens to picket

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The civil matter between Regina Sutton and Lorri Case was settled in court.

    However, the feud may not be over.

    Sutton said she plans to protest outside L.A. Paws, Case’s pet- grooming business on Gateway Avenue in Rockwood, on Saturday.

    “I’m going to do everything I can to put her out of business,” Sutton said.

    Sutton’s dog, a 3-year-old schnauzer named Brunswick, died at L.A. Paws on June 11.

    “She killed my dog,” Sutton said.

  • Kingston considering body art proposal

    By TERRI LIKENS

    tlikens@roanecounty.com

    How to handle employee tattoos and body piercings was a prickly issue at Kingston City Council’s July workshop meeting this week.

    City Manager Jim Pinkerton brought up the issue as part of potential changes to the dress and appearance part of Kingston’s personnel manual.

  • Candidates look for answers at forum

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Ron Woody has spent years advising county governments how to do business.

    Mike Farmer wanted to know if Woody thought his consultant work qualified him to be Roane County executive.

    “Mr. Woody, you have indicated that you have the best experience,” Farmer asked during a candidates forum on Thursday.

    “Is it your position, then, that advising somebody how to do a job is better than actually doing the job yourself?”

  • Kingston dedicates pavilion to employees

    By TERRI LIKENS

    tlikens@roanecounty.com

    It was a classic Willie Gordon comment.

    After a glowing commendation from Kingston Mayor Troy Beets for fire chief’s leading role in building the new pavilion at City Park, Beets declared that the kitchen will forever be known as the Willie Gordon Kitchen.

    “At least it’s not the bathroom,” Gordon drawled in response.

    The pavilion was opened and dedicated at ceremonies Friday that were tied in with the annual Kingston city employees annual picnic.

  • Bumper marijuana plant crop eradicated in Roane County

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Instead of winding up on the streets, somebody’s yield of marijuana ended up in the hands of authorities on Tuesday.

    “I would say that we made it a bad day for a pot grower in Tennessee,” TBI Special Agent in Charge T.J. Jordan said.

    Jordan oversees the Governor’s Task Force on Marijuana Eradication. The task force discovered approximately 2,100 marijuana plants in a secluded area South of the River.

  • Harriman wants more from county

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Harriman Councilman J.D. Sampson isn’t afraid to ask for more.

    He wants to ask the county to fund three police officer and three firefighter positions, and proposed as much at a recent Harriman City Council workshop.

    “We don’t get nearly enough for our county taxes,” Sampson said.

    “That sounds like metro government, J.D.,” Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said.

    Sampson disagreed.

  • County debates pay raise

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Members of the county budget committee have expressed support for a boost in pay for employees.

    “I wish that we could give our employees a salary increase,” County Executive Mike Farmer said.

    Budget director Alva Moore said a 1-percent raise would cost about $103,000.

    Employees were in line to get a 1-percent raise last year, but it was taken out of the budget at the last minute.

  • No jail time for Rocky

    Despite convictions for evading arrest and reckless endangerment, Rocky Houston walked out of the Roane County Courthouse a free man on Friday. 

  • Decision '10 preparations on