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  • Bad heart may release murder suspect

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A man charged with killing a Harriman woman may soon be released from Roane County Jail.

    David Cosgriff III, who is in his mid-60s, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 76-year-old Kathleen Taylor. The Clifty Street resident disappeared in 2002.

    Extensive heart trouble is what may lead to Cosgriff’s release to Miracle Lake, a rehabilitation program in Etowah.

  • No sign of foul play in Super 8 fire

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    The owner of the Super 8 motel in Harriman that was razed by fire Monday night said he plans to rebuild.

    “We are going to be here,” said Sashi Patel, who also operates the Holiday Inn Express nearby.

    Patel said state fire officials have released the hotel back to him and now insurance representatives are investigating.

    “It is a slow process,” Patel said.

    Firefighters were still at the scene Tuesday pouring water on the smoking remains of the building.

  • Rockwood's pit bull ban opposed

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    A proposed ordinance on the agenda for the Rockwood City Council on Monday (tonight) has gained the attention of a local advocacy group.

    Rockwood has plans to vote on an ordinance to ban pit bulls within the city.

    The proposal lit a fire under Wendy Bane, a member of Responsible Dog Owners of Tennessee, who decided to take action.

    She and other members of the group are against breed-specific bans, and plan to take a stand at the meeting.

  • Schools may add week-long fall break

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Roane County students and teachers may get a week off for fall break after all.

    The school board passed a motion Thursday night to revisit the issue of the 2008-09 school calendar to include a full week off.

    The Education Council, which is made up of school board members and school system employees, will come up with a new calendar and then return it to the board.

  • Constables take hit from Commission

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    The first nail in the coffin.

    That’s the way Roane County Commissioner Jerry Goddard described Monday night’s vote on a resolution that could eventually give the commission the power to abolish the office of constable in the county.

    After a lengthy, lively debate, the resolution passed 11-4.

    “You’re not voting the first nail in the coffin,” commissioner Bobby Collier said. “I swear you’re not, Jerry.”

  • 'Testing, testing ... only a test'

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Morgan County Director of Schools Mike Davis will be trying out a new messaging/notification system on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 6 p.m.

  • County answers suit filed by Henrys

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Morgan County has filed an answer to a lawsuit filed by attorney James Frank Wilson on behalf of Mildred Henry and Summer Brooke Henry contesting the county’s ownership of Farley Davis Road in Mill Creek.

    Descendants of Pleas McCartt thought their mission to get the road opened was successful following the December county commission meeting.

    The road leading to their family homeplace was blocked by a property owner who put up a barricade of rocks and concrete

  • Harriman Super 8: 'Worst fire we've had in a while'

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    Roane Newspapers

    Flames shot high from the rooftop against a backdrop of billowing smoke at Super 8 Motel in Harriman Monday night.

    Harriman fire officials said everyone got out the motel safely and the cause of the fire was not immediately known.

    Firefighters from three departments used two ladder trucks to pour water down on the fire while others used hoses on the ground to douse the flames.

    In one first-story room in the rear of the building, a beam had fallen down.

  • White blanket

    The approximately 2 inches of rain that fell late last week brought foggy conditions along Interstate 40 west of Harriman. A view of the mountains from Hwy. 27 shows how thick the fog blanket was late in the afternoon.

  • Fee system could be in store for Kingston

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    Roane Newspapers

    Discussion of ways to generate more money in the city of Kingston took up a good chunk of time at the city council work session last week.

    “We need to consider areas where we can require user fees,” Councilman Brant Williams said.

    These are fees that are applied to city facilities and requires the person who uses the facility to pay.

    “We would just pass those fees on to people that use those services,” Williams said.