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    Rick Morrow learned a lesson in civil law the hard way.

    In Tennessee, the statute of limitations to bring a lawsuit is a year from the incident.

    Morrow claims that on Nov. 7, 2015, he was injured when he bit into a McDonald’s hamburger and was stuck by what appeared to be a hypodermic needle.

    His lawsuit against the restaurant, however, wasn’t filed in Roane County Circuit Court until Nov. 17 of this year.

    “We filed, but it was like 10 days late, so we just voluntarily dismissed it,” Morrow said.

  • Driver gets 8 years for vehicular homicide

    A Lenoir City man received an eight-year prison sentence for his role in a 2013 Roane County traffic death.

    Otto Joseph Flachbart III pleaded guilty earlier this year to vehicular homicide by intoxication.

    He was behind the wheel of a truck that crashed on Sept. 15, 2013 on Hwy 327.

    A passenger in the truck, 48-year-old Fred M. Collins Jr. of Oliver Springs, was killed.

    Trooper Matthew Armes indicated in his report that Flachbart was under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash.

  • Time to CLEAN UP
  • Gas prices holding stable

    The holiday season is in full swing, attracting an estimated 103.1 million American travelers.

    An estimated 93.6 million Americans are expected to take a road trip during the 11-day period.

    Yet, despite the elevated demand for gasoline, prices at the pump remained unchanged throughout the Christmas weekend.

  • Donation helps Anti-Drug Coalition save lives

    The Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition and the Prescription Drug Task Force had a September event to raise funds to provide Naloxone, an overdose antagonist drug, to all first responders in Roane County.

    As a direct result of the community support received for the Celebrate Hope Benefit, the Anti-Drug Coalition has received a donation of Evzio naloxone auto-injectors from kaléo, a Richmond, Va.-based pharmaceutical company.

  • Customers of area utilities targets of phone scammers

    Oak Ridge Utility District warns its customers to guard against scammers who are likely working overtime to trick them into making payment over the phone to avoid disconnection of natural gas services.

    Utility officials said they urge customers to remember that ORUD will not demand immediate payment over the phone to avoid disruption of service and never demands immediate payment of cash, PayPal, Western Union, Green Dot or any prepaid debit card.

    Utility customers are asked to be alert, ask questions, and verify what they are being told about their account.

  • Roane Choral Society’s rehearsals to resume on Jan. 2

    Roane Choral Society will have rehearsals at 7 p.m. each Monday from Jan. 2-Feb. 27.

    Rehearals will be in room O-128 of the O'Brien Building of Roane State Community College’s main campus between Harriman and Rockwood.

    The Society will present “Around the World in 80 Minutes” at 3 p.m. March 4 in Roane State’s O’Brien Theatre. The Society’s Children’s Choir will also perform.

    Current and past members are encouraged to attend rehearsals.


    The future of school bus travel in Tennessee could include seat belts.

    The Roane County Board of Education heard how that could impact the local school system earlier this month.

    “The implications of going to seat belts are it reduces the capacity of the bus by about 20 percent,” Transportation Supervisor Lee Maines told the board.

    “We can now sit small children three wide. If you go to seat belts you’ll only be able to put two students in those seats.”

  • Rockwood man suspect in stabbing

    From staff reports

    A 20-year-old Rockwood man was taken into custody in Blount County last week on suspicion that he stabbed a 47-year-old Rockford resident.

    A release from Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong identified the suspect as Shaine David Clayton Angel.

    Investigators charged Angel with aggravated assault for his alleged role in the stabbing of a 47-year-old man at a residence on Russell Road in Rockford. The victim’s name was not immediately available at press time.

  • A fun-filled new year planned for Harriman

    Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park should have new playground equipment by spring.

    With the last of its public-image money awarded as restitution for the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant ash spill on Dec. 22, 2008, the city will be finishing up a number of projects, perhaps most notably the improvements at the parks.

    Officials pledge to do a number of projects until funds run out.

    “It takes care of some needs we have in our parks and takes care of things the right way instead of just Band-Aiding them,” said Mayor Wayne Best.