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  • Rockwood may give TVA back beach property

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Rockwood City Council is getting fed up — so fed up that council members are thinking about giving a chunk of land back to the original owner.

    The land in question is a strip of city property known as Rockwood Beach.

    The city acquired the 90 acres off Pumphouse Road from TVA in 1951.

    “Nobody ever wants to give land back,” Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller said.

    But the council did toy with the idea at this month’s meeting.

  • Will holiday season trial affect Houston outcome?

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    At a time when many people will be thinking about shopping, wrapping presents and putting up holiday decorations, 12 Roane County residents could be deciding the fate of Rocky Houston.

    The special prosecutor in the case said opening statements in Houston’s double-murder trial could begin this week, provided lawyers are able to seat a jury from a pool of 600.

    The possibility of the trial happening so close to Christmas raises several questions:

  • Fruit salad, anyone?

    It was a busy Thanksgiving for emergency officials who responded to a tractor-trailer overturning on Interstate 40 eastbound on the bridge over Pine Ridge Road in Harriman Thursday morning. According to Tennessee State Trooper Mike Beaty , the truck, driven by a Pennsylvania driver, was eastbound in the passing lane when he drifted off the road, struck a guardrail and overcompensated. His cargo of honeydew melons spilled onto the roadside and off the overpass onto the roadway below.

  • Appeals court allows sex videotape trial to proceed

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Kingston attorney Chris Cawood might have to write a follow-up to “Sex, Lies and Videotape” – a book he wrote that featured a sexual relationship with a female client that turned into the talk of the town.

    His legal fight with authorities, in which he alleged “outrageous conduct” by county officials involving the tape, started in 1999. It was well documented in the book.

    A state appeals court ruled this week that Cawood’s legal fight can continue.   

  • County eyes changes to ethics policy

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    The Roane County Commission will discuss proposed changes to the county's ethics policy during a workshop on Tuesday.

    “I think it's probably not the policy that we need and so I'm asking the commission to listen to that and see if they agree with me,” said Troy Beets, chairman of the county commission and ethics committee.

    Beets said the current policy is too broad and goes beyond what the Tennessee General Assembly intended for counties to do.  

  • Morgan County: Christmas in the Mountains returns

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

        Christmas in the Mountains will return to Frozen Head State Park on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 4th and 5th for the first time since 1995.

        The Morgan County Chamber of Commerce has partnered with a newly reorganized Friends of Frozen Head to put the event together.  It will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. each evening and will feature several displays by local churches and giant Christmas cards from area businesses.

  • Woman stabbed during domestic incident

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

        An Oakdale woman was transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for treatment of stab wounds last week, according to Sheriff Dennis Ledbetter.

        The police report states that an E-911 call was received at about 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18 from a woman who claimed her husband had stabbed her while she was still in bed sleeping.

  • Kingston to ditch law that prohibits Election Day liquor sales

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Dispute over a Kingston liquor ordinance has prompted the city council to strike one item from its books — the closing of liquor stores on Election

    Day.

    Bootleggers Liquor Store and Cheers of Kingston were the only stores in the state of Tennessee that were closed, according to Bootleggers’ co-owner Atish “HoJo” Kala.

    According to the Tennessee Alcohol and Beverage Commission, liquor

  • Kingston businessman sings the biodiesel blues

     By DAMON LAWRENCE

  • Rocky Houston trial begins today

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Ambush? Or self-defense?

    Rocky Houston and his attorney may try to convince a jury the latter is what caused the violent deaths of a sheriff’s deputy and his ride-along passenger two and a half years ago.

    If the trial of Rocky’s brother, Leon, is an indication, the state will try to show the jury the deaths were the result of a premeditated slaughter.