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  • Grateful vets turn out for Davis

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    More than 150 residents crowded into the Utopia Cafe in downtown Harriman Wednesday afternoon to meet with U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis.

    He had a hero’s welcome, thanks to area veterans who came to show their appreciation for the congressman’s successful efforts to fund a veteran’s clinic in Roane County.

    Other residents had another mission on their minds — financial support for the Princess Theater in Harriman.

  • Houston lawyer wrangling continues

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Attorneys Randy Rogers and James Logan showed up at the Roane County Courthouse on Thursday as unwanted men.

    Unwanted, that is, by their clients, Rocky and Leon Houston.

    The brothers, who are each charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of felony murder, filed motions to represent themselves.

  • Oil-well fire out

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A Texas team finally extinguished an oil-well fire that evacuated a community near Oliver Springs and burned for nearly a week.

    But anger still burns among residents who, as they prepare to return home, feel they were put in danger.

    On Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Anderson County officials met with residnts in the fellowship hall of a local church.

  • Deputies deal with suicide attempt

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Officers are trained to resolve some of the most tense situations without the use of deadly force. That may have saved a local woman’s life earlier this month.

  • Man survives house crumbling around him

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD and BRIAN LANGLEY

    Morgan County News

    A Chestnut Ridge man has been dismissed from the University of Tennessee Medical Center after being treated for injuries he sustained last week.

  • McCartts accepted as third party plaintiffs

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Chancellor Frank V. Williams has signed an order allowing the heirs of Pleas McCartt to become third party plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Morgan County.

    The McCartts asked the Court to allow them to be third party plaintiffs in a case between Mildred and Summer Henry and Morgan County.

  • Roane County Schools plan year through 2010

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    No one can accuse the school system of not planning ahead when it comes to setting the school calendar.

    The Roane County Board of Education voted 9-1 Thursday night to approve the calendar for the 2009-10 school year.

    “Parents like to plan vacations ahead of time and not wait until the last minute, so if we can keep two years ahead of us, that just helps everybody,” board member Tyler Overstreet said. “Everybody can plan accordingly.”

  • Roane gets long-awaited veterans clinic

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Area veterans soon may not have to travel as far for their health-care needs.

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced plans late last week to open a new outpatient clinic in Roane County in 2008.

    “VA is dedicated to providing the best in health care to the men and women who have served this nation in uniform,” U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs James B. Peake was quoted in a press release.

  • With new hike, Kingston hotel taxes to rise to near 20 percent

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Guests who stay in Kingston hotels will soon pay 5 percent more in taxes.

    The Kingston City Council passed the second and final reading of an ordinance on Tuesday night to add an occupancy hotel/motel privilege tax to area hotels.

    The council is hoping for a $70,000 boost in revenue that will help with balancing the budget.

  • Feds: Water contamination minimal from exploded well

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Environmental officials were on scene Friday at the site of an oil-well fire in Oliver Springs that was still burning.

    Perry Gaughan, an on-scene coordinator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said officials are monitoring air levels for contaminants.

    The plume of smoke from the fire can be seen from as far away as Ladd Landing in Kingston.

    Gaughan said he and contractors from Atlanta were planning on staying until the fire is out.