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  • 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.

  • Federal grants cut both ways

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County Commissioner Ron Berry was taken aback when two U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant resolutions appeared on the budget committee agenda in December.

    “Obviously, Homeland Security has more money than they know what to do with,” he said.

    Homeland Security had a budget of $55.3 billion for fiscal year 2010.

    Despite a recession and a huge federal deficit, the agency wants even more money for fiscal year 2011, unveiling a budget request of $56.3 billion earlier this year.

  • Courts rule against TVA on immunity in ash disaster

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

  • Motorist who drove into daycare charged

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Rockwood police have charged the driver of a vehicle that crashed into a Roane County day-care center last Monday.

     Miranda Michelle Guy, 23, of 1469 Riggs Chapel Road, Harriman, has been cited for drug paraphernalia and for the violation of a code for drivers to exercise due care in conjunction with crash at The Henry Center.

  • Cherokee Middle wants own dress code

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Administrators at Cherokee Middle School want to implement a new dress code policy.

    Roane County Board of Education Member Kim Nelson said she thinks the policy goes too far.  

    “This new dress code is a complete overhaul of what this board has previously enacted,” Nelson said.

    At last week’s board meeting Nelson made a motion that the board’s policy committee take up the issue before any new policy is enacted at Cherokee.

  • Paving ends past official's driveway

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Ron Berry was appointed to the Roane County Commission on Sept. 14.

    Sometime after that, the county highway department put a fresh coat of pavement on his section of Emerald Cove Lane near Rockwood.

    A perk of office or just a coincidence? Officials contend it was the latter but have failed to provide paperwork to document their claim.

    “I came home one day, and it had been paved,” Berry said.

    Determining when that day was has proved complicated.

  • Man's body found after house fire

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    A coughing man called 911 dispatchers early Wednesday to report his smoke alarms were going off and smoke was filling the house. The dispatcher instructed the caller to hang up and get everyone out, officials said, but he may have tried to save the house instead.

    After firefighters responded to the call at  171 Ash Cabin Hollow Road, a man was found dead inside.

    Roane County Sheriff Office Jack Stockton said the victim was John Wayne Trew Jr.

  • VA clinic lands in Rockwood

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Veterans in Roane and surrounding counties will soon be able to seek medical treatment in Rockwood.

    A bidder for the operation of Roane County’s U.S. Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic has been selected, and the location will be in the Chamberlain Professional Building on South Chamberlain Avenue, said Rockwood Mayor James Watts.

  • Car plows through daycare

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    A Henry Center teacher’s quick actions likely saved a napping girl when a vehicle drove into the day-care facility Monday afternoon.

    Tammy Newberry moved the child only moments before the vehicle came through, according to Michael Dunn President and CEO Mike McElhinney.

    “The teacher heard a noise and grabbed the child and pulled her away,” McElhinney said. “A second later, the car came crashing through the wall.”

  • Leon Houston likely to be released following outburst

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

     

    Authorities removed Leon Houston from a courtroom after a commotion during a hearing for his younger brother, Rocky Houston, on Friday afternoon.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton confirmed that Leon would be charged with contempt of court for the disturbance, which erupted when Special Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood was ruling on Rocky's motion to have him recused.