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  • Siteworx LLC files suit over jail project

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    A subcontractor who performed groundwork on the county’s new jail project has filed a lawsuit in Roane County Chancery Court.

    In the 12-page complaint, Brian Mullins of Siteworx LLC contends he wasn’t paid for work performed on the job.

    J&M Inc., Henson Construction Services, Clay Williams & Associates and the Roane County government are all named as defendants.

  • Attempted armed robbery suspect arrested

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Police have arrested a man who allegedly attempted to rob the KenJo Market on Gallaher Road Thursday morning — and who is also suspected of robbing three stores in Knoxville.

    Two people were injured in the Kingston holdup.

    Kingston police where called at 7:53 a.m. about an attempted armed robbery.

    When they arrived, the suspect, Joseph Duggan of Lenoir City, had fled.

  • State Dems seek Yager's county records

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Candidates seeking to become the 12th District’s next state senator should expect a full vetting before the fall.

    The Tennessee Democratic Party has already sent a public information request to the Roane County government seeking to comb through records compiled during Republican candidate Ken Yager’s long tenure as county executive from 1982 to 2006.

    The Democrats are requesting to see the following for Yager:

  • Ruppe kicks off state senate run in Roane

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Democrat state senate candidate Becky Ruppe brought out some party heavyweights for her stump through the 12th District late last week.

    In Kingston, U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis, state Rep. Dennis Ferguson and state Sen. Tommy Kilby all joined Ruppe for the stop at the old Roane County Courthouse.

    “I’m supporting her because I believe she can get the job done, knows how to get the job done and will work to get the job done,” Davis said.

  • Cell phone policy revision fails

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    A move to revise the school system’s cell phone policy failed on first reading at last Thursday’s Roane County Board of Education meeting.

    Even though there was more support to revise the policy than there was against, the motion still failed due to the lack of a majority.

    Six of the 10 board members needed to be in favor of the motion for it to carry, board chairman Earl Nall said.

  • Lavender killed in wreck

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Twenty-year-old Dustin Lavender of Deer Lodge died from injuries he sustained in a head-on collision Thursday.

  • 'Quenton' Henry added on lawsuit

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    A change in plaintiff has been made in an ongoing lawsuit against Morgan County.

    Chancellor Frank Williams has signed an “Agreed Order” allowing Quenton Farley Henry to be substituted for his mother Mildred Henry.

    The agreed order allowing the amendment to the complaint was filed in Morgan County Chancery Court on April 15.

    Williams actually signed the order on April 14.

  • Chancellor steps away from Patton case

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Chancellor Frank V. Williams III apparently believes he is too familiar with the parties involved in former constable Mark Patton’s lawsuit against the county.

    So much so that he has decided not to hear the case.

    “Because of my relationship with some of the parties, I think it best to recuse myself in the captioned action,” Williams wrote in a letter addressed to attorneys earlier this month.

  • A new tune for a joyful noise

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A Harriman hip-hop enthusiast has a message for today’s youth.

    Expensive cars, women and $100 bills are staples of mainstream hip hop. But Travis Harmon sees it as a tool for a bigger message.

    Harmon, a youth minister at Harriman’s Big Emory Baptist Church, wants to use hip hop to spread God’s Word.

    The intention is deeper, according to Harmon, who grew up at Big Emory.

  • Students get drunk drivers education

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Midway High senior Ryan Hargis said he’s never driven a vehicle while drunk.

    And after driving an ATV through a makeshift obstacle course wearing a pair “Fatal Vision” goggles, Hargis said he doesn’t plan to.

    “If it’s anything like that, then I never want to do it because I hit about three cones,” Hargis said.

    Hargis was one of the many Midway students who participated in the drunk-driving drill at school on Wednesday.