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  • Kingston businessman sings the biodiesel blues

     By DAMON LAWRENCE

  • Rocky Houston trial begins today

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Ambush? Or self-defense?

    Rocky Houston and his attorney may try to convince a jury the latter is what caused the violent deaths of a sheriff’s deputy and his ride-along passenger two and a half years ago.

    If the trial of Rocky’s brother, Leon, is an indication, the state will try to show the jury the deaths were the result of a premeditated slaughter.

  • Landmark restaurant burns in Rockwood

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    A fire that broke out at Wayne’s Cafe late Saturday night destroyed the Hwy. 27 landmark.

    Dispatch received a call alerting them to the blaze at 11:04 p.m., according to the Roane County E-911 center.

    West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department was first on the scene at 1191 Spring City Hwy. No one from the department could be reached to talk about the cause of the fire.

    They also received  help from Rockwood Fire Department and Roane County Emergency Management.

  • Rocky Houston trial begins today

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Ambush? Or self-defense?

    Rocky Houston and his attorney may try to convince a jury the latter is what caused the violent deaths of a sheriff’s deputy and his ride-along passenger two and a half years ago.

    If the trial of Rocky’s brother, Leon, is an indication, the state will try to show the jury the deaths were the result of a premeditated slaughter.

  • Powers moving to TTC-Dickson

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Harriman Councilman Mark Powers has been appointed director of the Tennessee Technology Center at Dickson.

    Powers, who leaves his job as head of the Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman to accept the appointment approved Friday by the Tennessee Board of Regents, will also soon be leaving his official city capacities.

    “I was encouraged to apply for the job. I got the right kind of encouragement so I went ahead,” Powers said.

  • Rogers predicts difficulty in seating jury

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Publicity has been plentiful throughout the murder cases against brothers Rocky and Leon Houston.

    The impact that might have on jury selection for Rocky’s upcoming trial was discussed during a hearing in Roane County Criminal Court last Thursday.

    “I think it’s going to be very difficult to get a jury, but we’re going to try to do that,” defense attorney Randy Rogers said.

  • Funding changes could be hard on Roane

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    The school system continues to sound the alarm about state funding.

    Earlier this year, Roane County Schools business manager Eric Harbin told board members that the funding formula the state used to allocate money to school systems resulted in less state money for Roane County.

    Director of Schools Toni McGriff said the future points to more of the same.

    “We expect to get hit again next year,” McGriff told board members last week.

  • Time 'of essence' in Pinnacle Pointe dispute

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A potential resolution of a quarter-million-dollar dispute between Harriman and the developers of Pinnacle Pointe shopping center is waiting on more information.

    Councilman Mark Powers expressed curiosity about where the issue stood at a recent city council workshop.

    A special audit by the state into allegations of wrongdoing showed Prestige owed the city roughly $250,000 for excavation work the city did on the Pinnacle Pointe development on Hwy. 70.

  • RSCC eyes economic 'field of dreams'

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    With a nod to the if-you-build-it-they-will-come school of thought, Roane State Community College is making a fundraising effort to substantially improve its ballfields to draw tournament play.

    And that could be good for the Roane County economy.

    Improvements could give the college a chance to host the Tennessee Junior and Community College Athletic Association Region VII tournament. It could also be used for recreational play and tournaments.

  • Oakdale City's equipment stolen

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    More than $20,000 in equipment has been stolen from the Oakdale City Maintenance facility and Mayor Vic Jeffers is angry and disheartened.

    Jeffers said he has worked with Paul Scarbrough (city recorder) for more than ten years to collect the tools the city needed for it’s maintenance department.