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  • Recalled meat shows up in Roane County Schools

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Meat associated with the largest beef recall in U.S. history ended up in Roane County Schools.

    Linda Wilson, director of food services for the school system, said they received two cases of the beef back in the fall.

    Those cases were quarantined and never served to students, Wilson said, after the U.S. Department of Agriculture notified the school system in January the beef posed potential problems.

  • Accused shooter remains in jail unable to make bond Wife looks for answer

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    While her husband sits in the Morgan County Jail unable to make a $500,000 bond, Melissa Stoll is searching for some way to help him.

    “Robert is a good husband and a good father. He shouldn’t be in jail,” Melissa Stoll said during an interview Tuesday morning.

    She works as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) doing in home private care. She was at work on Monday, Feb. 11 when events happened at her home leading to the deaths of a pregnant 25-year-old woman and her unborn child.

  • Copper thieves taking risks

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Thieves have become gutsy even while the possibility of electrocution dangles above them.

    They have been targeting utility companies and cutting copper wires at electric substations.

    Officials blame it on the price per pound of copper rising, due to high demand in other countries.

    As of Thursday, the price per pound was $3.53. At the beginning of 2006, that price was just slightly more than $2.

  • Pit-bull vote on agenda in Rockwood

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    The passage of an ordinance to ban pit bulls in Rockwood may go into effect tonight.

    The first reading passed in January, and the second and final reading is on the agenda for the Rockwood City Council meeting at 7 p.m. in Rockwood City Hall.

    The ordinance would ban any pit bulls from being brought into the city and would place restrictions on pit bulls already there.

  • Fire chiefs sign new mutual aid agreement

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    A new agreement between Roane County’s five volunteer fire departments could cut down the time it takes to dispatch additional help to a fire scene.

    The chiefs reportedly signed an agreement on Tuesday that makes the Midtown Volunteer Fire Department the automatic mutual aid for the other departments.

    “Midtown Fire Department will automatically be called out on any fire from the other four districts,” Midtown Chief Randy Scarborough said.

  • Harriman seeks advice on hospital transfer

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason has an eye out for some legal advice before city officials sign an agreement for Covenant Health to take over Roane Medical Center.

    Harriman City Council authorized Mason on Tuesday to have another attorney look at the proposed lease and purchase agreements from Covenant Health.

    Councilman Mark Powers said he believes someone needs to look at the agreements in detail as the time for action draws near.

  • Harriman man survives strike by train

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A Harriman man who came face-to-face with a train Thursday is believed to have sustained non-life-threatening injuries from the encounter.

    Harriman Police said 48-year-old Sidney S. Scarbrough of Bennett Circle was walking south on a train trestle near Webster Pike around 12:30 p.m. when he was struck by a train going the opposite direction.

    He was taken to Roane Medical Center by ambulance, and police at the scene Thursday said they believe his injuries were not life threatening.

  • Unlock meter; pay big fine

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Oliver Springs officials are serious about stopping people from using their water without paying for it.

    The Oliver Springs Board of Aldermen passed a $250 unauthorized usage fee last week to charge people who

    illegally hook onto the water system by unlocking meters.

    Town Manager David Bolling said many water customers whose meters have been locked off due to nonpayment of bills are simply cutting off the locks and resuming their service.

  • Kirby working as corrections officer at county jail

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Termination turned out to be just temporary for former Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Randy Kirby.

    After being fired last July over a DUI arrest, Sheriff Jack Stockton later rehired Kirby to work as a corrections officer at the county jail.

    “He came back to me a few days after we had terminated him and he told me he was going to try and get some help for his problems,” Stockton said.

    “We discussed that issue and he went and took care of the things he said he would.”

  • Shooter charged: Alleged theft ends in deaths of pregnant woman and unborn child

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    An alleged attempt to steal a radiator valued about $5 at a salvage facility ended in the deaths of a woman and her unborn child, according to Sheriff Dennis Ledbetter. And the alleged shooter now faces two counts of second degree murder.

    Ledbetter said a 911 call was received at about 10:52 Monday morning from a resident of the Bitter Creek community at 1628 Morgan County Highway.