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  • Road superintendent’s civil suit dismissed; another on docket

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    General Sessions Court Judge Jeff Wicks dismissed a civil suit against Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson on Friday.

    Capital One Bank was suing Ferguson for $10,704.74 over an unpaid debt.

    Ferguson didn’t appear in court on Friday, though his case was called when Wicks was going over the roll.

    Ferguson said last Thursday that he had already worked the matter out and it was resolved.

    Wicks dismissed the suit with prejudice, which means it cannot be refiled.

  • 9 months later, convicted robber in prison

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Nine months after he was sentenced, Benjamin Heath Clark is now in custody at the Bledsoe County Correctional Complex, a state prison in Pikeville.

    “Clark was moved to BCCX because his sentence dictates he serve his time in a state facility,” state prison spokesman Robert Reburn said last Tuesday, when asked what precipitated Clark’s move to a state prison all of a sudden.

    Clark had been serving his time locally.

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  • HUB to pave Devonia

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    With Harriman officials eyeing what most would call a long-overdue paving schedule, it’s likely smooth driving for at least one bumpy road.

    The repairs won’t be on the city’s dime: Devonia Street will likely be paved by Harriman Utility Board.

    “We are replacing several old water lines in our system,” HUB Manager Bill Young said. “Devonia Street is one of those areas. We are utilizing funds we already have from the state Revolving Loan program.”

  • No charges in Kingston pedestrian fatality

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The Kingston Police Department has finished its report on the Curtis Moore accident.

    On May 7, Moore was walking across North Kentucky Street around 9 p.m. when he was struck by a 2015 Hyundai driven by 78-year-old Peggy Sheppard.

    Police have not filed any charges against Sheppard.

  • Janelle comes home to raise money for schools

    Oliver Springs’ Janelle Arthur takes the Princess Theatre stage earlier this month in a benefit concert for Roane County Schools’ Education Foundation. Arthur finished in the top 5 during the 2013 season of “American Idol,” a longtime talent show on FOX-TV.

  • Cherokee students have grand day at college

    Cherokee Middle School eighth-graders took over Roane State Community College.

    As part of Roane State’s College Student for a Day program this week, the 168 students were divided into groups and took classes on topics like speech and teamwork, interactive science classes and hands-on EMT and paramedic courses.

    “It is a lot more interesting than I thought it would be,” said Sierra Lay.

    Her favorite part was the chemistry lab.

    “We got to pop balloons with dry ice,” she said.

  • Main drag in Rockwood being paved

    Some notoriously bumpy intersections on Gateway Avenue in Rockwood are becoming a little kinder for motorists.

    Work began this week to repave the main part of the strip, according to Tennessee Department of Transportation officials.

    As with the paving on Kentucky Street in Kingston, the work is being done at night. However, the project will be longer than just a few weeks, with a concluding date around July 31.

    The project includes federal, state and local funds.

  • Rockwood chief retiring after decades of putting out fires

    Rockwood Fire Chief Mike Wertz, a city firefighter for several decades, is retiring after this week.

    “I hired him when I was mayor the first time,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller, whose first term as mayor was in the early 1990s.

    “He’s been an excellent chief,” Miller said. “He’s brought a lot of knowledge to the fire department because he’s what you call a master firefighter.”

    Wertz’s colleagues appreciate him, as well.

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