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  • Roane sheriff candidate arrested in Oak Ridge domestic violence case

    A week after losing his bid to become Roane County sheriff, Ronald E. McCuistion was arrested on Aug. 13 in Oak Ridge on domestic assault charges.

    Oak Ridge Police Capt. Michael Uher said the incident happened in a Walmart parking lot.

    Uher said McCuistion hit the victim several times.

    McCuistion, who had served as a military police officer, ran against Jack Stockton in the race for sheriff.

    McCuistion’s campaign slogan was “Elect a U.S. Army veteran.”

    Voters decided he wasn’t the man for the job.

  • Family time real prize at fishing event

    Tyler Hatton had a plan.

    Sitting on a boulder with his toes dangling in the water of Caney Creek, the Kingston youth was determined to snag a fish — any fish — on a Saturday morning that had a headstart on its place as a blazing August day.

    “I put a piece of beef jerky on it,” he confided while watching the line. “A bluegill or something keeps biting on mine.”

    Tyler had high hopes.

  • ORAU: No harm to health found

    Oak Ridge Associated Universities, which was chosen to look into the health repercussions of the TVA fly ash disaster, said its studies have shown no harm.

    “Based on our medical evaluation and the current levels of exposure for these residents, we did not see any effects on their physical health,” John Benitez, a medical toxicologist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, was quoted in an ORAU press release.

  • Harriman delays extending lease on radio-controlled plane park

    A former member of the Tennessee Eagles radio-controlled airplane club convinced Harriman City Council to hold off on renewing the organization’s three-year lease agreement.

    The group leases its airstrip on what is called the Harriman industrial property. Terry Webb asked the council to consider leasing the property to him instead.

    “I was instrumental in developing that park,” said Webb, a former Tennessee Eagles member who owns a hobby shop in downtown Harriman.

  • Farewells said to departing commissioners

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The responsibility of passing the county’s budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year could be left for the next county commission.

    The current commission voted to postpone the budget resolutions on Monday’s agenda until September.

    “All of these can’t be acted on tonight because we do not have a certified tax rate,” Commission Chairman Troy Beets said.

    The current commission terms expire on Aug. 31, and the commission will have six new members when it meets in September.

  • Plea issued for missing Ponderosa sign

    By TERRI LIKENS

    tlikens@roanecounty.com

    About 40 years ago, Sydney Woodlee went door-to-door in her Ponderosa development collecting money for an attractive sign to designate the then-relatively new neighborhood.

    The large, wooden sign has since been a Bluff Road landmark until two weeks ago, when it went missing.

    The sheriff’s office has been contacted, but based on previous experience, Woodlee is taking an extra step — making a public plea for the sign’s return.

  • Election notes: Heat still on for some

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Officials who were not re-elected on Thursday could still have some important business to tend to.

    The county has yet to pass a budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year. The budget could come up for a vote before the current county executive and commission terms expire on Aug. 31.

  • Woody wins county executive race; Beets beaten on county commission

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    and TERRI LIKENS

    Stay the course or a new direction. That was the choice presented in the race for Roane County executive.

    The voters chose change and elected Ron Woody to be the next county executive.

    "It's exciting," Woody said. "It was a lot of hard work. I'd like to thank all my supporters. This was possible because of them"

  • Emergency chief defends spending

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Take-home vehicles. Expensive sunglasses. Too many employees.

    Those are some of the issues that have been brought up about Roane County’s emergency management department over the past year.

    In a lengthy interview, director Howie Rose addresses numerous issues and seeks to provide insight on why his department has a need for certain items, such as flat-screen televisions and flashy rims for emergency vehicles.    

  • Couple dies after sex charges filed

    From staff reports

    A couple facing criminal charges in Roane County was found dead at a home in the Westel community of Cumberland County last week.

    Cumberland County Sheriff Butch Burgess said a relative discovered the bodies of James Phillip Jones, 46, and his wife, Linda Mae Jones, 35. Cumberland authorities have yet to make a ruling on whether the deaths were the result of a murder-suicide or double suicide. Burgess said officials are still awaiting autopsy results.