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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Report: Heart disease Roane's leading killer

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Diseases of the heart was the leading cause of death in Roane County in 2005, according to a profile recently completed by Covenant Health.

    Completing the profile is an important step in Covenant’s process to eventually move Roane Medical Center’s hospital facilities to a new building in the Midtown area, said RMC administrator Jim Gann.

    “The reason they were doing that was to determine the needs of a hospital,” said administrator Jim Gann.

  • Lawyer has lien against Houston property

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Property has enabled brothers Rocky and Leon Houston to hire attorneys and get out of jail while murder charges have been pending against them.

    That saving grace is apparently unavailable to them right now. 

    “All my property is tied up in an attorney that has been allowed out,” Leon told Special Judge David Hayes during a hearing in September.

    Attorney James Logan has a lien on four tracts of the Houstons’ property for $350,000.

  • State, feds lax in fining for fly ash in Emory

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Toss an aluminum can in the Emory River, and the law says it’s a $50 fine.

    The penalty for releasing 3 million cubic yards of fly ash into the river, however, is not yet known.

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has yet to fine TVA for the fly ash catastrophe that occurred on Dec. 22, 2008. A dike failure at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant released 5.4 million cubic yards of fly ash into the environment. TVA said most of the ash ended up in the Emory River.

  • Health insurance ride may end for Rockwood officials

    By CHERYL DUNCAN

    cduncan@roanecounty.com

    A number of elected and appointed Rockwood officials now have the opportunity to sign on to the  health insurance plan offered to city employees.

    But if Mayor James Watts has his way, those days may soon be over.

    “I’ve been on this council 20 years, and I’ve never asked the city to pay for my hospitalization insurance,” he said. “I don’t think it’s right.”