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  • Houston brothers face civil suit in shooting

    Rocky and Leon Houston no longer face prison time for the shooting death of Mike Brown.

    They do, however, face a civil lawsuit filed by Brown’s mother Pat.

    The lawsuit was the subject of a hearing on Friday at the Roane County Courthouse.

    Judge Amy Hollars had Leon removed from the courtroom twice for unruly behavior.

    “This is conspiracy!” Leon hollered repeatedly the first time he was taken away.

    He directed an obscenity at the judge the second time.

  • Almost 16,000 voted in Nov. 2 general election

    The Roane County Election Commission met Thursday and certified the results from the Nov. 2 election.

    Anyone who wished to contest the results had five days after certification to do so.

    Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said he doubted anyone would.

    “I think the margins were wide enough that we won’t have any,” he said.

    Holiway said he thought the election went well and there were few complaints. According to returns posted by the Election Commission, 15,891 people voted.

  • Harriman reserve officer's ID missing

    A Harriman Police Department reserve officer knows what it’s like to be a victim.

    Charlie Russell reported to the Roane County Sheriff Office last week that his wallet was either missing or stolen.

    Items inside the missing wallet included his police identification, which officials said has his image on it and looks similar to a driver’s license.

    According to the sheriff’s office report, Rus-
    sell said he had last

  • EMA head: No conflict between jobs

    Tiger Haven is in good standing with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
    That’s not the case with some Roane County officials, and Commissioner Ray Cantrell said that’s prompted some of his constituents to question the allegiance of Jack Jinks.
    Jinks oversees the county’s emergency management department for County Executive Ron Woody.
    He also works for TWRA, the agency that is responsible for regulating Tiger Haven.

  • One suite damaged in Budget Inn fire

    A late-night Thursday fire damaged one suite at the Budget Inn on Gallaher Road in Kingston.

    Kingston Fire Department were dispatched to the scene at 11:15 p.m.

    “The fire was in one room, which was a downstairs suite,” said Kingston Fire Department Lt. Eddie Lentz. “

    The fire was contained to one suite with no extensions. It didn’t get into anywhere else,” Lentz added.

    “There was some smoke, but we ventilated the rooms with the fans.”

  • Back at work after disaster

    Seven weeks out of knee surgery, and Amy Riddle is back standing at a salon chair.

    One of 10 injured when a van crashed into Kingston’s Classic Styles Salon three months ago, Riddle has opened her own shop, Cuts and Beyond.

    “Nobody has went back to work but me, that was injured,” Riddle said. “I have to give God all the credit, because without Him I wouldn’t be here and without him I wouldn’t have this shop.

  • REU sued by former manager

    A former Rockwood Electric Utility manager from the 1980s-90s thinks the utility should pay not his medical insurance, but also that of both his current and former wives.

    That was part of the proposed offer made and discussed last week by the utility’s board, who took the matter pertaining to former manager Charles Johnson under consideration.

    “We don’t believe we should be obligated to do that,” said REU Manager Kendall Bear.

  • Dunn Center recipient of $100,000 trust

    The Michael Dunn Foundation’s focus is on helping make sure the Michael Dunn Center can continue serving Roane County’s developmentally disabled well into the future.

    Martin and Dorothy Skinner are among the Foundations biggest advocates.

    The couple recently did their own part to contribute to the agency’s future by donating $100,000 through a charitable remainder annuity trust.

  • Bedbugs not the end of the world

    Bedbug infestations are a growing problem, and their continuous resurgence has been a hot news topic of late.

    “They are actually just now getting into our area really bad,” said Jerry Hicks, who operates Jerry Exterminating in Harriman.

    The sight of one of those brown, apple-seed-sized bugs may make your skin crawl, but small infestations don’t mean the end of the world.

    It certainly doesn’t mean a residence is unclean.

    Bedbug infestations can happen in just about any type of location.

  • Hurley discusses her plans for Roane

    “It’s been interesting,” newly elected state Rep. Julia Hurley told the Roane County Chamber of Commerce about the race that won her a seat in Nashville.

    Speaking at the Chamber’s Tuesday luncheon at Roane State Community College, she talked about her triumph over incumbent Dennis Ferguson.