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  • Florida murder suspect nabbed

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    A Florida woman wanted for murder sat behind bars in the Cumberland County Justice Center as the Memorial Day holiday weekend began Friday while her son and alleged accomplice remained at large.

    Mary Lynn Boswell was apprehended at about 7 p.m. Thursday by Roane County Sheriff”s Deputy Larry Eaton.

    Eaton was on patrol near the Roane-Cumberland County line near the area of an intense manhunt for her and her son, Larry Craig Whitworth.

  • Suspected copper thief shocked on power lines

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    The adage that crime doesn’t pay held some truth for one suspected copper thief Wednesday morning.

    According to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office, Daniel Clower was badly burned trying to swipe copper from a power pole near a residence on Gray Knob Road near Kingston.

    Investigator Greg Russell said Clower was shocked so badly he had to be airlifted to the Erlanger Burn Center in Chattanooga.

  • New jail faces overcrowding

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Roane County’s jail problems are supposed to be fixed once its new $10 million facility is completed sometime next year.

    However, that may just be wishful thinking.

    Sheriff Jack Stockton said the new jail is designed to hold around 180 inmates maxi-mum, and there’s a chance it could be overcrowded soon after it opens up.

  • New firm in Pinnacle Pointe debate

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Harriman has hired a new firm to research the questions over earth work at the Pinnacle Pointe project.

    The project is still under contention after a state investigative audit last year said the city was owed $234,685 for money it spent on private development.

    The developers claim the city owes them roughly around the same amount.

  • Williams takes on mayor in Kingston tiff

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Conflict of interest.

    This is the charge Kingston City Councilman Brant Williams has brought against Mayor Troy Beets.

    The conflict, Williams says, is that Beets holds two elected offices, one as mayor and the other as county commissioner.

    “It’s impossible for an individual to serve two masters,” Williams said.

    Beets said this is not the first time he has heard the argument.

    “I’ve been here before,” he said.

  • Stoll indicted for second-degree murder

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News

    A Morgan County Grand Jury has indicted Robert Stoll on two counts of second-degree murder in the shooting deaths of a Scott County woman and her unborn child.

    Stoll is accused of firing a shot into a car outside his home in the Bitter Creek community on Feb. 11.

  • Morgan graduations begin Thursday

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News

    Members of the Class of 2008 are set to walk across the stage later this week as their high school careers draw to a close.

    There will be a total of 228 graduates receiving a diploma in the county’s four commencement services.

    Following tradition, Coalfield will be the first school in the county to hold its commencement, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, May 22. Fifty-three seniors make up the graduating class at Coalfield.

  • Chancellor rules Patton entitled to phone records

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Phone records and electronic correspondence between public officials is fair game.

    That was the ruling of Chancellor Billy Joe White regarding a request for the production of documents that was filed by Kingston attorney Chris Cawood.

    Cawood represents former constable Mark Patton in his lawsuit against Roane County. All 15 county commissioners, County Executive Mike Farmer and Caleb Strayer, Patton's replacement, are named as defendants in the lawsuit.

  • Early voting moved from courthouse

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Early voting for the Aug. 7 election will not be held at the Roane County Courthouse.

    Parking is expected to be minimal at the courthouse, and law enforcement officers with automatic weapons are expected to be roaming inside and outside of the building due to the first-degree murder trial of brothers Rocky and Leon Houston.

    For those reasons, the Roane County Election Commission sought other options.

    Early voting is scheduled from July 18 through Aug. 2.

  • Military honors almost 90 years later

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    He was a treasured husband and father whose service in the Spanish-American War was revered and cherished by his family.

    Now, Parnick Hayes Johnson has received recognition from others for his war service more than a century ago.

    The Harriman patriarch’s memory was given the full honorary treatment on Friday, as family, friends, veterans with the Roane County Military Memorial Honor Guard and a U.S. Congressman were present to dedicate a plaque at his headstone that spoke of his duty.