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  • 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.

     

  • Missing woman not forgotten

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Cheryl Payne may be gone, but she’s not forgotten.

    Family and friends commemorated her birthday with a roadside observance on Thursday.   

    “She would have been [39] years old today,” said Payne’s sister, Tammy Braden. “We haven’t ever got out and really done anything like that. Every year something has happened, or I was just too emotional and couldn’t do it.

  • Alcohol opponents emerge in Rockwood

    By CHERYL DUNCAN

    cduncan@roanecounty.com

    Liquor sales in Rockwood were approved in 2008 with little outcry, and loosened church and school boundary restrictions were passed late last year with no public opposition.

    That resistance was apparently building, however, and it came to a head Monday when about 70 people affiliated with various churches crowded into city hall to face Rockwood City Council.

  • Little house looms large in exec race

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County Executive Mike Farmer told commissioners in January there was nothing illegal about his decision to renovate a small white house adjacent to the new jail.

    One of the candidates planning to run against him in the August election begs to differ.

    “The more you look into that, it makes less and less sense every time,” Ron Woody said. “It’s a wonder somebody hasn’t called the DA to say, ‘Hey, you need to look into this.’”

  • Will Kilgore testify in ash spill lawsuits?

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    TVA President/CEO Tom Kilgore had a terse response when asked if the fly ash catastrophe at the Kingston Fossil Plant was preventable.

    “Everything is preventable, including any car accident you have,” Kilgore said on Dec. 23, 2008, a day after a dike failure at the plant released 5.4 million cubic yards of ash into the environment.

  • Motorist charged in cyclist’s road death

    By TERRI LIKENS

    tlikens@roanecounty.com

    The driver of a pickup that struck and killed an avid Oak Ridge cyclist on Gallaher Road will face charges.

    A Roane County grand jury returned an indictment for criminally negligent homicide against driver Justin Anthony Pattterson in the Aug. 25 death of John W. Daugherty.

    Daugherty, 78, was an accomplished cyclist who participated in many road races and cycling events.

    Daugherty was riding toward Oak Ridge on the shoulder of Hwy. 58 in Kingston when he was struck.