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  • TVA relocating affected residents

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    The new fishing pole Charli Michaels’ 5-year-old son got for Christmas hasn’t gotten much use.

    The fly ash spill has made young Anthony afraid to put it in the water, Michaels said. 

    “He says water’s not his favorite color,” she said.

    Her son stood beside her when she addressed TVA officials during a public hearing on the fly ash spill at the Roane County Courthouse Monday night.

  • Property values a question after ash spill

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Property sales, not perception, will determine local property values in the future, reports Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham.

    Property values have become a concern in the wake of the Dec. 22 fly ash spill at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant.

    Some believe the value of their property has dropped because of it.

  • Houston juror felt all eyes were upon him

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    For two weeks this past December, Robert Cushman felt like he was one of the most scrutinized people in Roane County.

    What did he do to attract the attention?

    His civic duty.

    Cushman was one of the 16 jurors who sat through Rocky Houston’s double-murder trial. He said the jury box felt like an intimidation chamber to some.       

  • Beer board warns offending businesses

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Harriman’s beer board decided on Jan. 7 to give a strong warning to all seven of the businesses which had employees recently accused of selling alcohol to minors.

    Those businesses, as noted last month, are:

    • Go Mart, 116 S. Roane St.;

    • Lee’s Food Mart, 1901 Harriman Hwy.;

    • Lee’s Food Mart, 1859 S. Roane St.;

    • Gondolier, 1822 Roane State Hwy.;

  • Ouster suit filed against constable

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County Constable Mark Patton could soon find himself out of office. An ouster suit was filed against him in Roane County Circuit Court on Tuesday.

    Patton, who was elected as constable for the 6th District in August 2006, has been accused of using his police powers to harass residents and law enforcement officers.

  • Obama presidency inspires community

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    A sense of pride and hope overwhelmed the auditorium at Harriman’s Jamieson Community Center Tuesday.

    The building — once the home of a segregated Roane County school — was now filled with people celebrating the inauguration of President Barack Obama, the nation’s first African-American president.

  • Judge to soon make decision on status of Houston brothers' cases

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    A jury returned eight unanimous not-guilty verdicts when Rocky Houston was tried in December.

    Those verdicts should be null and void, according to special prosecutor Kenneth Irvine.

    He insists the verdicts were the result of Special Judge James “Buddy” Scott giving incorrect instructions to the jury. Irvine told Scott that to his face during a hearing Wednesday afternoon. 

  • Swan Pond may be part of Harriman

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Despite the TVA fly ash spill, Swan Pond property remains popular with one group — the Harriman City Council.

    The possibility of expanding the city limits to add the Emory Heights area and Swan Pond came up during the city council workshop this week.

    Harriman Councilman Ken Mynatt brought detailed maps to the workshop and proposed taking a look at annexing those communities.

  • Investigation still open on Casey Road shooting

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Tuesday’s fatal shooting on Casey Road was still an open investigation late this week.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said Steven Dishman died from a single shot to the chest.

    The shooter, Donald Goldberg, told authorities Dishman left him with no choice.

  • Hampton hearing set

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Daniel Glenn Hampton, a former Roane County resident charged with killing his wife, will appear in U.S. District Court Monday for a pretrial hearing on drug and weapons charges.

    A trial date has been set for Feb. 9, but that may change if the court approves the prosecution’s motion to continue on Monday.