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Today's News

  • Road supervisor miffed at lack of consideration

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Disappointed? Yes.

    Surprised? No.

    That’s Roane County Road Superintendent Tom Hamby’s reaction to the lukewarm response he got from the TVA reparations foundation for $5 million for the highway department.

    The Roane County Economic Development Foundation was established to disburse $43 million in TVA reparations money.

    Hamby made a verbal request to the Roane County Economic Development Foundation  for the $5 million on Sept. 16.

  • Roane's rivers to be studied years after ash cleanup

    By TERRI LIKENS

    tlikens@roanecounty.com

    A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official told residents all three Roane County rivers will be studied, well after the ash cleanup is over.

    While cleanup of the ash that clogged the Emory River is about a third of the way finished, EPA project manager Craig Zeller said spring flooding washed ash sediment down beyond the Clinch River and into the Tennessee River.

  • School board launches building project by hiring architects

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Roane County Board of Education acted quickly on starting its proposed building program by hiring architects recommended for individual building projects.

    The county allotted $32 million from monies given by TVA as an apology for the fly ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant last year.

    “I felt like we needed to have a meeting and get on with it,” said chairman Mike  “Brillo” Miller during a special-called board session last week.

  • Park View fights Rockwood's annexation attempt

    By CHERYL DUNCAN

    cduncan@roanecounty.com

    George White has his theory on why Rockwood officials want to expand the city’s boundaries into Park View subdivision.

    “The bottom line is very simple,” he told Rockwood City Council members Thursday. “The city of Rockwood is dying, and you want the folks in the annexed area to pay the funeral bill.”

  • Work on dream home grinds to halt

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Were his dreams crushed by disaster or were those dreams bigger than his wallet?

    Joseph Armes II insists the TVA ash spill, not investing beyond his means, is the reason he’s on the verge of financial ruin.

    Armes is the owner of an extravagant lakefront home tucked away on secluded acreage north of Kingston. The home was supposed to be the centerpiece of an affluent lakefront community Armes was going to develop in Roane County.

  • Attorney: Pinnacle Pointe developers owe a lot more money

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    After mediation between Harriman and Prestige Land Co. — the developers of the Pinnacle Pointe development in Midtown — ended in failure last week, one city official said Prestige owes far more than the $230,000 or so a state audit indicated.

    Harriman City Attorney Harold Balcom wouldn’t release actual figures, saying he was going to release them publicly at the next council meeting in November.

  • Deputy cleared of wrongdoing in fatal June shooting

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County Sheriff's Deputy Dustin Hensley will not face criminal charges in the shooting death of a Swan Pond man.

    The shooting, which resulted in the death of David Dickey, happened on June 6.

    The case was investigated by Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. District Attorney General Russell Johnson presented the TBI's findings before the Roane County Grand Jury on Tuesday. The grand jury voted unanimously not to recommend any criminal prosecution of Hensley.

  • Knox sheriff's report ID's former RSCC vice president as employee who had flash drive stolen

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    A Roane State Community College 4-gigabyte flash drive containing names and Social Security numbers of 10,941 people, including those of past and present employees and students, was stolen from a college employee’s vehicle while it was off campus on Oct. 12.

    A Knox County Sheriff's Office incident report said the flash drive and personal items were taken from the vehicle of William S. Fuqua III, Roane State's former vice president for financial services and former interim president.

  • Despite protests, Park View to become part of Rockwood

    By CHERYL DUNCAN

    cduncan@roanecounty.com

    It’s official — Rockwood is on the path toward making Park View subdivision part of the city limits.

    Although Rockwood City Council unanimously approved the plan of service, annexation and zoning resolutions on first reading Monday, it was not without contention from either side.

    A smattering of the area’s residents witnessed the first steps toward incorporation.

  • No indictment against resident who shot pregnant wife in belly

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    A Roane County grand jury declined to indict a man for shooting his pregnant wife in the stomach.

    Justin Stone shot Jennifer Stone at their home on Poplar Springs Road on Sept 4.

    Jennifer Stone was eight-months’ pregnant at the time. The couple’s unborn female offspring died.

    Justin Stone maintained from the outset that the shooting was an accident. The case was presented to the grand jury earlier this week.