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  • Aneurysm can't squelch 'Mayor Edith'

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    It may not be reflected in the Kingston City Council minutes, but you can be sure “Mayor Edith’s” absence from the audience has been noticed.

    Edith Miles, well known for her sense of humor and her dedication to all things Kingston, was sent to the hospital after suffering from a brain aneurysm about a month ago.

    “She’s probably attended more council meetings than any other person,” said Jack Muecke, a lifetime friend.

  • Covenant issues hospital particulars

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Harriman officials finally have a proposed contract for Roane Medical Center to change hands from city to Covenant Health control.

    One thing Covenant makes clear in the document is that early talk of building a new hospital in Midtown in three years was overzealous.

    The Knoxville-based healthcare system says any new construction would likely be more than five years out to allow officials to assess the needs of the community.

  • Nation's eyes on Roane precinct

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Voters at a Roane County precinct could help the national media project Democrat and Republican winners in Tennessee’s Feb. 5 Presidential Preference Primary.

    The Oak Hills voting precinct in Oak Ridge has been selected by Edison/Mitofsky as an exit polling center.

    Edison/Mitofsky provides exit polling data for the National Election Pool, which consists of ABC, The Associated Press, CBS, CNN, Fox News and NBC.

    Why the Oak Hills precinct?

  • Fired officer appeals

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A former Harriman patrolman has asked for a hearing to contest his dismissal.

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason recently told the police board they need to schedule a hearing to discuss former Patrolman Daniel Lantz.

    “We’ve been notified by Patrolman Lantz he’d like to appeal his termination,” Mason said.

    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said that Lantz was dismissed on Dec. 26, 2007.

  • No hurry on Hyatte murder trial

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Assistant District Attorney Frank Harvey said the state is ready to proceed with the capital murder trial of George Hyatte.

    However, the defense might not be ready to go by March 25 — the scheduled start date of the trial.

    “I have no reason to think it will go then,” Harvey said.

  • Sam Hoskins Memorial Gym dedicated

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Students at Oakdale School gathered in the elementary school gym on Thursday morning to participate in the dedication of the gym to their former teacher, principal and mentor Sam Hoskins. They were joined by several of Hoskins’ colleagues who worked with him through the years.

  • Rockwood votes 5-1 for city pit-bull ban

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Wearing stickers and holding signs that read, “I love dogs and I vote,” people crowded into Rockwood City Hall Monday in opposition of a pit-bull ban proposed by Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

    Their efforts seemed to be in vain.

    The city council voted 5-1 on the first reading of an ordinance to ban pit bulls within the city limits and place restrictions on pit bulls that are already in the city.

    Councilman Dudley Evans was the only official to oppose the plan.

  • Presidential Preference Primary early voting slow

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Early Voting in the Presidential Preference Primary began on Wednesday but so far turnout in Morgan County is slow.

    Administrator of Elections Minnie Ann Armes said on Tuesday that only 159 ballots have been cast in the primaries and those votes are just about equal between Republicans and Democrats.

    On the first day of Early Voting 49 ballots were cast; 26 on Thursday; 55 on Friday; 19 on Saturday and 10 on Tuesday before 11:15 a.m.

  • Weather 'nightmare' hits

    By CINDY SIMPSON & DAMON LAWRENCE

    Roane Newspapers

    Icy conditions resulted in a rash of accidents early Tuesday for those who ventured out onto area roadways.

    Roane County schools were closed for the day, and Roane State Community College was on a two-hour delay because of freezing rain.

    In Roane County early Tuesday, there had already been 32 accidents between 6 and around 9:30 a.m. according to Gail May, mapping coordinator with the 911 dispatch.

    “Most of it is weather related,” she said.

  • 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.