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  • Hampton asks to withdraw guilty plea

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    In a handwritten motion, an accused drug dealer has asked to withdraw his guilty plea on federal charges.

    Daniel Hampton was arrested in 2007 on multiple charges, including conspiring to distribute 5 or more kilograms of a substance containing cocaine hydrochloride, 50 grams or more of cocaine base, or crack, 100 kilograms or more marijuana and the prescription painkiller Oxycontin. He entered a guilty plea to those charges in late April.

  • Judge rejects Hyatte's attempt to withdraw guilty plea

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    George Hyatte’s attempt to withdraw the guilty plea that assures him a life sentence without the possibility of parole was unsuccessful.

    Assistant District Attorney General Frank Harvey said Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen denied Hyatte’s motion to withdraw during a hearing Monday morning in Meigs County.

    Harvey said Eblen did grant Hyatte’s motion to appeal his conviction.

  • Rockwood takes another look at utility manager complaints

    By CHERYL DUNCAN

    cduncan@roanecounty.com

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas general manager Rod King received a vote of confidence on Nov. 10 when the board governing the utilities decided against reprimanding him for complaints leveled by a Rockwood couple last month.

    Those complaints and other allegations dominated discussions during the board’s regular meeting Monday. Jim and Rose Hines took up board member James Nuckols on his offer to address a taped one-sided conversation King said was between him and Jim Hines and initiated the matter.

  • Harriman redevelopment area comes with caveat

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Several blocks of downtown Harriman will be the focal point of a redevelopment effort that may not make everyone happy.

    The Harriman Economic Development Board has recommended the city focus on blocks primarily between Morgan Avenue and Crescent Street along Roane Street.

    Also included is a block bordered by Walden Street, Clinton Avenue and Morgan Avenue.

    The city will be working with the Harriman Housing Authority to put measures in place to begin improving the city’s image.

  • Rockwood revisits bonus issue

    By CHERYL DUNCAN

    cduncan@roanecounty.com

    Rockwood city employees are each in line to receive their traditional $125 Christmas bonus.

    Some city officials, however, think the gift should be increased — and they were willing to put that to a vote on Monday.

    “It’s a hard time right now, and it’s a hard time for the council, too,” Rockwood City Council member Bill Thompson said. “I think we can scratch it up.”

  • Property assessor reissues warning

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    A deep recession, slumping housing market and an environmental disaster of national proportions.

    In spite of those factors, Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham said home values have increased in the area surrounding TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant.    

  • Teflon attorney shakes off scuffle charges

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Call it a string of good luck, or call it being on the right side of the law.

    Whatever it is, attorney Chris Cawood continues to notch legal victories against people who bring charges against him.

    The latest Teflon display came Wednesday during a bench trial for resisting arrest. Special Judge Larry Warner found Cawood not guilty.

    “He listened to the evidence and there just wasn’t anything there to substantiate the charge,” Cawood said.

  • Time may be running out on ash spill lawsuits

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Instead of being made “whole” by negotiating a settlement with TVA, some people who felt damaged by the agency because of the fly ash catastrophe chose to seek their reparations through litigation.

    Those who didn’t could be running out of time. The one-year anniversary of the Dec. 22, 2008, disaster is fast approaching.

    “If you have any kind of injury, you’d probably want to file your suit before the year is up,” Harriman attorney Bill Newcomb said.

  • Man plans to revive home gun sales issue later

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The decision by the Roane County Board of Zoning Appeals to deny a Midtown man a special-use permit to sell firearms out of his home stands.

    The issue may not be over, however.

    Jack Yokley’s Chancery Court complaint to overturn the board’s decision was tossed out at his request.

  • Breaking News Leon Houston returned to jail

    Leon Houston, awaiting his second trial on charges of murder in the slayings of a sheriff's deputy and his friend, was ordered back to jail Thursday morning after he said he was unable to pay for his monitoring bracelet.

    See more as information becomes available, or read the story in Friday's edition of the Roane County News.