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  • Chancellor leaves road closed finding there is no urgency

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    A rock pile blocking a portion of Farley Davis Road in the Mill Creek community of Sunbright will remain in place until the case goes to trial.

  • Protocols followed in deadly pursuit

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    A review of a Dec. 29, 2007, vehicle pursuit between Kingston police officers and a Lenoir City man has been completed and found that protocols were correctly followed.

    The pursuit ended in a fatal crash, leaving the man, Johnnie B. Ambrose, dead and causing injuries to the driver of the second car involved.

    The investigation was led by District Attorney General Russell Johnson and Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam and included a report by the Tennessee Highway Patrol Critical Incident Response Team.

  • Governor discusses long-term care

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Three days after dropping in at the Rockwood airport, Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen was back in town on Thursday.

    This time, he stopped by Midtown Elementary School to promote his long-term care initiative.

    Bredesen described Midtown native and state Rep. Dennis Ferguson as his top long-term care promoter in the Tennessee House of Representatives. Not surprisingly, the Roane County Democrat attended the governor’s fireside chat in the school library.

  • Former Rhea firefighter charged with setting Rockwood house fires

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    A former Rhea County firefighter has been charged with setting two fires on Monday night in homes on South Wilder Avenue in Rockwood.

    Michael Stricklan was arrested by state arson and bomb investigators on Wednesday night.

    According to Wendel Frost, special agent in charge of the Knoxville area bomb unit, warrants were issued for Stricklan and he was arrested for arson and aggravated arson.

  • Six up for Kingston school board seats

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    The ballot could look rather skimpy for Roane County's general election in August.

    The filing deadline has come and gone for candidates, and some current officeholders will likely run unopposed in their re-election campaigns.

    Road Superintendent Tom Hamby is the only candidate who filed for that position.

    Current school board members Darrell "Drack" Langley (District 2), Franklin Mee (District 2) and Mike "Brillo" Miller (District 1) are all up for re-election.

  • Operator fined $50,000

    BY CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    An oil-well operator whose well blew its pressure cap then exploded into flame the next day has been fined $50,000 by the state.

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation cited Dan Potts for activities at his Cove Lane well that forced many residents to vacate their homes in the community near Oliver Springs.

    TDEC spokeswoman Meg Lockhart said Potts was cited on March 20 for a list of things, including drilling deeper than his permit allowed.

  • State provides funds to move development of Plateau Park forward

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    At first glance $15,000 doesn't sound like much when you're talking about a multi-million dollar development park but last week's grant announcement is a crucial step for Plateau Partnership Park.

    "This is very critical and hopefully we will be able to parlay it into a million dollar project or more," said Cumberland County Mayor Brock Hill.

  • Chancellor to hear motions on Thursday

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Chancellor Frank V. Williams has signed an order allowing the heirs of Pleas McCartt to become third party plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Morgan County. A hearing will be held in the matter at 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 3, in Kingston. At that time Chancellor Williams is expected to hear motions on why the rock pile should be removed.

  • Patton attorney seeks officials' phone records

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Kingston attorney Chris Cawood wants to know what Roane County Commissioners have been talking about.

  • Rockwood church hit by copper thieves

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Copper thieves are still at it.

    This time, their target was a church.

    The Hwy. 70 Church of Christ in Rockwood was hit by thieves on March 19.

    According to church member Cecil Belcher, the thieves took copper off of the air-conditioning unit.

    Belcher said congregation members were at church for Wednesday night services when they realized the heat wasn’t working inside.

    “So, we went out to investigate,” Belcher said.