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  • Rockwood rejects 15-year-sewer plan

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    A 15-year plan for the Rockwood Wastewater Plant was shot down at a recent city council meeting.

    When the vote took place to adopt the plan, which includes upgrades and improvements to the plant, Councilmembers Ray Collett, Gene East and Dudley Evans said they needed more time and passed.

    More deliberation is needed because included in the plan is a way to pay for the projects, which includes rate increases for customers, they said.

  • UPDATE: Judge allows Leon Houston to withdraw sequestering request

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Not wanting to be a burden to the taxpayers, Leon Houston has withdrawn his request to have the jury sequestered in his double murder trial. James Logan, Leon's lead attorney, told Judge James “Buddy” Scott about his client's change of heart during a hearing in Roane County Criminal Court on Monday.

    “Mr. Houston has expressed his confidence in the people of Roane County,” Logan said. “He does not want to inconvenience the people or the taxpayers in any shape, form or fashion.”

  • Oliver Springs man charged with murder

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    An Oliver Springs man is behind bars at the Roane County Jail on first-degree murder charges. According to the sheriffs office, Ricky Patterson allegedly stabbed David Lowe sometime around 5 p.m. on Saturday at a home on Quarry Road. Lowe, 50, was later pronounced dead at Roane Medical Center.

  • Music pioneer remembers

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Helen Fox is a pioneer — one of the first women to play on the Grand Ole Opry at a time when it wasn’t considered proper for a young woman to perform without her husband.

  • Tent City jail for Roane?

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio hails himself as America’s toughest sheriff.

    Arpaio’s Tent City, an outdoor jail in the deserts of Phoenix that houses inmates under rows of tents surrounded by razor-wire fencing, is nationally known.

    With inmate counts up and the costs of jails soaring, could a similar situation work in Tennessee?

  • Harriman considering farmers market

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Local farmers might have another place to sell their product.

    Some Harriman residents are interested in developing a farmers market in downtown Harriman.

    Pat Mynatt, wife of Harriman City Councilman Ken Mynatt, is one of those people spear-heading the activity.

    “I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time,” she said enthusiastically.

  • Board cuts two positions; cost of school lunches going up to $2 for students

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    With state and federal cuts and the rising cost of everything, the Morgan County Board of Education has been going through its proposed budget for 2008-09 looking for places to cut some $382,000.

    The Board cut about $100,000 from its budget last week but those cuts came from places Director of Schools Mike Davis did not recommend.

  • Student to teacher ratios 'unbalanced'

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    School board member Randy Harlan believes the board should be taking a look at student to teacher ratios as it attempts to adjust its budget.

    During last week’s meeting the Board delayed any consideration on the student to teacher ratios until its next workshop which will be held beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 30.

    Harlan said he believes classroom sizes need to be adjusted in some of the schools. He points to a breakdown of projected student enrollment for 2008-09 as proof.

  • Patton lawyer shrugs off records delay

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    The defendants in former constable Mark Patton’s lawsuit are asking for more time to comply with a chancellor’s order to turn over phone records and other correspondence.

  • Harriman budget may be final in July

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Harriman officials may approve the city’s 2008-09 budget earlier this year than in the past, but they likely won’t do so until mid-July.

    Harriman Treasurer Charles Kerley said the city is following state law, because they have to publish the budget in a certain form in the newspaper. That publication includes actual numbers for the end of the 2007-08 fiscal year, something he won’t have until he closes the books for June.