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  • Tree swallows help monitor TVA ash toxins

    By TERRI LIKENS

    tlikens@roanecounty.com

    When it comes to determining the potential harm from TVA’s 2008 ash spill, scientists are turning to the birds.

    Tree swallows, to be precise.

    Why tree swallows?

    Neil Carriker, who is overseeing the TVA study, says the birds’ feeding and territorial habits make it an ideal subject.

    Based on its diet of primarily insects, he sees it as sort of large-mouth bass with wings.

    But unlike the bass, the tree swallow doesn’t go far from its nesting box during breeding season.

  • Pantless photo of candidate sends another message

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The series was called  “Out of Frame.”

    However, Tennessee House of Representatives candidate Julia Hurley is very much in frame in a picture posted on ModelMayhem.com.

    Hurley, who is seeking the Republican nomination in the Aug. 5 primary, is pictured pantless and appears to be pantiless while wearing black high heel boots that approach the knees.

    Her body is positioned in an empty picture frame.    

  • County exec hopefuls offer thoughts at forum

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Voters can start heading to the polls next month to choose who they want to serve as county executive for the next four years.

    The three men vying for that position shared their views on a number of topics during a candidates forum on Thursday at the Kingston Community Center.

    The event was hosted by the Roane County Republican Women. Each candidate was allowed to make an opening and closing statement.

    They were also asked questions by a moderator.

    Mike Farmer

  • County doubles trailer value

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Outrageous.

    That was Charles Hall’s initial reaction when he learned the county had increased the appraised value on his trailer — structure only — by almost 100 percent.

    “I couldn’t believe it,” he said.

    Hall’s trailer was previously appraised at $4,500.

    The recent five-year reappraisal upped the value to $8,900.

  • Harriman finds money for employee bonuses

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Harriman’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year is lean, but it still includes a few donations to charities and a bonus for employees.

    In the first reading, Tuesday, June 22, the city gave its employees some bonuses.

    That equates to $400 to each full time employee. How much a part-time employee gets is based on a formula, but will be no less than $100.

  • ‘Hot’ property? DOE tests will tell

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Scott Boyes saw an opportunity seven years ago when the Tennessee Department of Transportation was constructing the new Hwy. 70 bridge.

    Boyes had a depression in his front yard and TDOT had some fill to get rid of.

    “I wanted it,” he said.

    The soil was brought to Boyes, who used it to fill in the low spot on his Walton Road property.

    However, what once seemed like an opportunity has now become a concern for Boyes.

  • Cawood case hindered by missing report, deputy hints

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The judge who presided over Chris Cawood’s bench trial last November suggested that the outcome could have turned out differently.

    “I won’t speculate what I would have done had the charge been disorderly conduct,” Special Judge Larry Warner said. “However, on the charge of resisting arrest, I find him not guilty.”

  • Dog dies at groomer, but why?

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Brunswick, a 3-year-old schnauzer, died at L.A. Paws on June 11; Regina Sutton and Lorri Case agree on that.

    What caused his death is where they differ.

    Sutton took Brunswick to L.A. Paws to be groomed and blames Case, the Rockwood shop owner, for his demise.

    “She killed my dog,” Sutton said.

    Case disagrees.

    “I don’t know what happened to him, but I did not kill him,” she said.

  • Officer says racism not intent of MySpace videos

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    A Harriman police officer has been instructed to remove offensive, racist content from his MySpace page after it was brought to officials’ attention last week.

    Officer Michael Cox, 25, told his supervisor he did not mean for videos he placed on the social networking page to be viewed as offensive and racist, said Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle.

  • State slaps TVA with record $11.5M fine

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    TVA has been hit with the largest fine the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has ever issued.

    The $11.5 million penalty, announced Monday by TDEC Commissioner Jim Fyke and Deputy Commissioner Paul Sloan, is for the fly ash catastrophe that occurred at the Kingston Fossil Plant on Dec. 22, 2008.