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  • Rocky Houston makes another request to throw out jury pool

    By TERRI LIKENS

    rceditor@bellsouth.net

    For the second time in a row, Rocky Houston has asked that the jury pool drawn for his murder trial be dismissed.

  • Illegal meter found on HUB official's land

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Authorities are investigating after an illegal meter was found hooked up on property belonging to a Harriman Utility Board supervisor.

    The meter was  on a remote piece of property on Riggs Chapel Road owned by Frankie Davis, HUB’s gas, water and sewer supervisor.

    District Attorney Russell Johnson said he has looked into the incident at the request of Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton.

  • Foul play ruled out in Kingston fire death

     

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

  • Morgan County: Christmas In The Mountains returns

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

         

  • County mulls need for more jail staff

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    The sheriff’s liaison committee got a quick lesson on property-tax math Tuesday night.

    “Keep this in mind,” Roane County Executive Mike Farmer said. “Every new hire over at the jail is a half penny on the property tax rate. Get one, half a penny. Get two, full penny.”

    Officials don’t appear to know yet exactly how many additional employees will be needed to run the new jail.

  • Rockwood forges ahead with liquor-sales process

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    The majority of voters in Rockwood have spoken, and now it is the city council’s turn to carry out their wishes.

    A referendum was passed in November to allow liquor by the drink and liquor stores within the city limits.

    At last week’s council meeting, officials discussed zoning and regulations to govern the new allowance.

    “We are fulfilling our obligation to the public,” Councilman Dudley Evans said.

  • Developer bankruptcy also hardship for property owners

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Serenity Drive runs through the Docks at Caney Creek subdivision.

    But for one lot owner, there’s little serene about the subdivision near Rockwood these days.  

    “I think it’s just some unfortunate circumstances, and we just happen to be caught in it,” Alfreeda Steele said.

  • Rockwood may give TVA back beach property

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Rockwood City Council is getting fed up — so fed up that council members are thinking about giving a chunk of land back to the original owner.

    The land in question is a strip of city property known as Rockwood Beach.

    The city acquired the 90 acres off Pumphouse Road from TVA in 1951.

    “Nobody ever wants to give land back,” Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller said.

    But the council did toy with the idea at this month’s meeting.

  • Will holiday season trial affect Houston outcome?

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    At a time when many people will be thinking about shopping, wrapping presents and putting up holiday decorations, 12 Roane County residents could be deciding the fate of Rocky Houston.

    The special prosecutor in the case said opening statements in Houston’s double-murder trial could begin this week, provided lawyers are able to seat a jury from a pool of 600.

    The possibility of the trial happening so close to Christmas raises several questions:

  • Fruit salad, anyone?

    It was a busy Thanksgiving for emergency officials who responded to a tractor-trailer overturning on Interstate 40 eastbound on the bridge over Pine Ridge Road in Harriman Thursday morning. According to Tennessee State Trooper Mike Beaty , the truck, driven by a Pennsylvania driver, was eastbound in the passing lane when he drifted off the road, struck a guardrail and overcompensated. His cargo of honeydew melons spilled onto the roadside and off the overpass onto the roadway below.