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  • Oliver Springs loses suit against K-9 officer

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A former Oliver Springs police officer and K-9 handler has been awarded more than $43,000 in damages from the town in a lawsuit over the time he spent training and caring for the dog.

    Dewayne Letner, who owned and worked with the city police dog while at the Oliver Springs Police Department, filed a lawsuit in fall 2006 against the city.

    A judgment filed in U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee on March 4 said Letner should recover damages from the city in the amount of $43,215.36.

  • Rockwood plant operator sentenced to probation

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    A plant operator who falsified water quality reports at the Rockwood Sewer Treatment Plant for nearly eight months in 2004 will see no jail time.

    Paul W. Perkins had pleaded guilty to a felony charge in November.

    On Monday, before U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Phillips in Knoxville, Perkins received two years probation and will be required to serve 40 hours of community service.

    Perkins worked as the plant operator from 2001 to October 2004.

  • Harriman, Covenant hash out details

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Attorneys from both sides of the Roane Medical Center and Covenant Health lease-and-purchase agreement were still in negotiation phase on Friday.

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said the attorneys still were talking back and forth by e-mail as of Friday.

    However, he hoped to have a finalized copy for city officials to vote on Tuesday.

    Mason said the issues that are being worked out are those that were brought up in the February council meeting.

  • Patton's gestures not enough for restraining order

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    While distasteful and crude, using your middle finger to make an obscene gesture is a protected form of expression under the U.S. Constitution.

    That was the finding of Chancellor Frank Williams in the county’s request for a restraining order against former constable Mark Patton.

    During a hearing Friday morning in Chancery Court, Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland called numerous witnesses who testified they had been “flipped off” by Patton.

  • New issues emerge in Pinnacle Pointe standoff

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    After a meeting between attorneys and accountants, Harriman officials and Pinnacle Pointe developers are still at odds over a $234,685 payment the state says the developers owe the city.

    Harriman City Attorney Harold Balcom told council that he, along with Harriman Treasurer Charles Kerley, met with developers and their attorneys last week.

    "Their position hasn't changed and neither has ours," Balcom said.

  • Money big factor in hospital discussions

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Money is a hot issue for Harriman officials in Covenant Health’s possible takeover of Roane Medical Center.

    Perhaps one of the biggest issues of all is how much Roane Medical currently has, one of several topics brought up during a recent meeting between both sides.

    Harriman Councilman J.D. Sampson said he has heard concern about money the city would be giving up in hospital accounts.

    Councilman Lonnie Wright said how much Roane Medical has is definitely a concern.

  • Davis to determine probable cause in Stoll case

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Robert Stoll will be back before Judge Mike Davis Thursday morning for a hearing to determine if there's probable cause to send him to the Grand Jury on two counts of second-degree murder.

    Stoll is accused of firing a shot into a car fleeing from his property on Monday, Feb. 11.

    At the time Sheriff Dennis Ledbetter said the shot came after an alleged attempt to steal a radiator. That shot is believed to have resulted in the deaths of 25-year-old Jessica Hatmaker and her unborn child.

  • McCartts weigh in on lawsuit; ask for barricade to be moved

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Descendants of Pleas McCartt are asking the Court to allow them to be third party plaintiffs in a case between Mildred and Summer Henry and Morgan County.

  • 'If he's done something criminal you would think they would have arrested him'

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    A hearing is scheduled in Roane County Chancery Court on Friday, March 7, regarding a motion for injunctive relief that the county has filed against former constable Mark Patton. Injunctive relief means the county is asking the court to restrain Patton from “threatening, harassing, intimidating, or coming about” the defendants in his lawsuit against the county. The county is also asking the court to restrain Patton from doing the same to local law enforcement officers.

  • Schools closed due to illness

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Sick students and teachers will have some extra time to try and get better before returning to school.

    Roane County officials called off schools today, March 3, because of illness.

    Roane County students and teachers also got an unexpected three-day weekend last month when school was closed on Feb. 22 because of illness.

    Many other school systems throughout East Tennessee have called off classes recently due to illness.