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  • Emergency info may be a phone call away

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    Roane Newspapers

    Roane County emergency management director Howie Rose is looking to make sure residents get important information about potential dangers in the most timely manner.

    He’s spearheading an effort to add an emergency service that would notify them with a phone call.

    “What it does is it allows us to give pertinent emergency information to the public by their home phone,” Rose said. “The system will actually call the home phone number.”

  • Harriman man faces gladiators

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    Roane Newspapers

    A Harriman man faced down the ultimate opponents during weeks of competition in Los Angeles this fall.

    Jeff Chapman, 26, was one of 12 male finalists to compete in the return of

    American Gladiator, a television competition that pits men and women against a fearsome group of muscled annihilators.

    "It is basically done tournament style," Chapman said of the events.

    Competitors were first partnered up in pairs of men and women before facing the

    gladiators in a variety of events, according to Chapman.

  • Parent company of newspaper explores sale

    STAFF REPORTS

    Roane Newspapers

    Landmark Communications Inc., the parent company of the Roane County News, has hired national investment firms to explore selling the Norfolk-based company.

    "I can confirm that Landmark Communications has retained investment banks JPMorgan and Lehman Brothers to assist in exploring strategic alternatives, including the possible sale of the company's businesses," said Richard F. Barry III, vice chairman of the company.

  • Sheriff's office investigating New Year's death

    BY DAMON LAWRENCE

    Roane Newspapers

    The Roane County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a 23-year-old man found lying in a ditch on New Year's Day.

    According to sheriff's office detective Bryan Walker, the body of Travis Daniels was discovered off of Black Jack Road in Rockwood around 1 p.m. The death is being treated as a homicide.

    “Whenever we have a suspicious death we treat it as a homicide until we can prove otherwise,” Walker said.

  • Lighting issue ready to enter new phase

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    Roane Newspapers

    In his quest to bring darker skies to Roane County, Tamke-Allan Observatory director David Fields says he is aligning himself with the countrys top leader.

    President George W. Bush signed the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 on Dec. 19.

    Bush touted the bill as a commitment to energy conservation and efficiency.

    Fields contends the goal of the light pollution measures he's been pushing is the same.

  • State cuts big blow to Dunn Center

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    Roane Newspapers

    What looked like a good Christmas present could turn out to be a lump of coal for special-needs facilities like Michael Dunn Center.

    The good news was Michael Dunn officials said they might not have the 5.7 percent cuts in state fees based on their services for October-December.

    But it appears the facility will be greeting the new year with a series of deeper cuts from the state.

    Wade Creswell, Michael Dunn’s director of development responsibilities, explained the situation.

  • Developers contend Harriman owes them

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    Roane Newspapers

    An investigation released by state auditors last spring showed that Pinnacle Pointe developers owe Harriman more than $230,000 for work the city paid for excavating and grading the site.

    Now the developers have come back with an audit of their own that indicates the city instead owes them more than $200,000.

    Jim Scott, a former assistant district attorney at the Kingston office, is representing Steve Kirk-ham and Jerry Duncan, partners in Prestige Land Co. which developed Pinnacle Pointe.

  • Crete still coming to Roane

    By TERRI LIKENS

    Roane Newspapers

    Have you wondered what happened to trucking firm that bought Atomic Speedway and plans to build a trucking center there?

    Crete Carrier Corp. paid $1.3 million for the property last January and announced plans to start work on its trucking center as early as this fall.

    The problem is, things haven’t worked as quickly as Crete officials hoped.

    “It’s taken a little longer to get things put together,” said Karel Znamenacek, executive vice president of the Lincoln, Neb.-based firm.

  • Santa may bring it, but recycling center makes it go away

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    Roane Newspapers

    A flood of cardboard, wrapping paper and other trimmings was almost enough to have Roane County recycling center employees saying, “Bah, humbug.”

    With other county transfer stations closed, as always, on Wednesday, the remnants of Christmas Day ended up at the recycling center.

    “It has been a madhouse. We already emptied that compactor twice this morning,” center employee Larry Clark said.

  • Calendar of Events

    Editors note: The deadline for including items in this section is at least one week before the event.

    FRIDAY, DEC. 28

    Alcoholics Anonymous will meet at 7:30 p.m. in Midtown Valley United Methodist Church. Call Lee at 376-3023 for details.

    Mid-East Community Action Agency senior activities will have bowling at 1 p.m. in Tri-City Lanes, Midtown. Call 354-0450 for details.

    SATURDAY, DEC. 29

    Serene Solutions, an Alcoholics Anonymous group, will meet at 6 p.m. in Luminary United Methodist Church, Ten Mile. Call Amanda at 567-5251 or 717-7010 for details.