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  • $63,500 awarded to local groups

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Various groups and organizations in Morgan County will benefit from the state’s community enhancement funds awarded by legislators.

    Sen. Tommy Kilby and Rep. John Mark Windle handed out checks totaling $63,500 last week at the courthouse.

  • Floyd Hammond Jr. sought

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Roane County Sheriff’s officers were on the hunt Friday for a man they suspected to be selling drugs.

    The sheriff’s office had a drug search warrant for Floyd Hammond Jr.’s home off of Old Harriman Highway.

    “I know he’s dangerous and usually armed,” Sheriff Jack Stockton said before the search.

    Hammond was also involved in a shooting at his home on Jan. 19, Stockton alleged.

  • Roofers accused of selling cocaine on the side

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A Harriman couple who owns a roofing company in the downtown area has been charged with multiple counts of the sale of cocaine.

    A Roane County grand jury handed down an indictment last week on Laura Pierce and her husband James E. Pierce, of 474 Emory River Road, for several counts of the sale of .5 grams or more of cocaine.

    The indictment charges Laura Pierce, 50, on seven counts, while 49-year-old James Pierce is charged with two counts.

  • Charton pitched more than geology lessons

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Harriman’s Pete Charton is remembered by many Roane State Community College alumni as the lanky professor who taught them about rock formations and soils in his geology classes.

    Longtime Boston Red Sox fans, however, remember Charton as a rookie pitcher who shared the field with some of the most legendary players of Major League Baseball.

    Charton only played a year of big league ball, but it allowed him to follow a dream for a boyhood passion he shared with his father.

  • Does school retreat violate Sunshine Law?

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    The Roane County Board of Education has scheduled a retreat at the Oak Tree Lodge in Sevierville Friday and Saturday to discuss its building plan.

    The school system did not disseminate notice of the taxpayer-funded retreat until Wednesday.

    Public notice of such outings is required by the Tennessee Sunshine Law. According to Director of Schools Toni McGriff, that requirement was met.

    “All we have to do is give 24 hours’ notice,” McGriff said.

  • Rockwood to settle Butler lawsuit

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    The case of the city of Rockwood against the estate of the late Howard Butler, former city recorder and judge, has finally come to an end.

    After a little more than six years of battling, city officials have decided to settle for about $27,000.

    “The amount of money left in the estate is very minimal,” Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller said.

    The city sued the estate after half a million dollars worth of city money was allegedly stolen by Butler.

  • State cuts may jeopardize local program

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Emory Valley Center in Oak Ridge is trying to operate on reduced funds due to state budget cuts and that crunch could end up being felt here in Morgan County.

    Emory Valley operates the Advantage Center which was been in Morgan County since 1995.

    Teresa Lowe and her staff at the Advantage Center provide a day program for mentally challenged adults. Staff at the Center provide transportation, help with developing personal skills, cognitive skills, job readiness skills and job coaching.

  • Rockwood Council defers pit-bull ordinance

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    The unexpected happened Monday at the Rockwood City Council meeting.

    Rockwood officials decided to defer a second reading of the proposed pit-bull ban.

    The motion to postpone any action was made by Councilman Gene East, who reassured the sizeable audience who had come to discuss the measure that the subject would be back on the agenda at a later date.

  • 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.