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Today's News

  • Commissioners kill move to adopt nepotism policy

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    It doesn’t look like Morgan County will be adopting a nepotism policy for county offices anytime soon.

    County commissioners shot down a recommendation from the Intergovernmental Committee Monday night to ask the State General Assembly to approve a Private Act for Morgan County.

    Such an act once finalized by the county commissioners would have prevented future elected officials from hiring their immediate family members to work with them in the office.

  • Roane schools employee on leave without pay

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    An employee with the Roane County school system has been placed on administrative leave without pay.

    Director of Schools Toni McGriff would not identify the employee, say where the person worked or what the person did with the school system.

    She did offer a few details on what led to the disciplinary action.

    According to McGriff, the employee appeared to be under the influence of prescription drugs or some type of narcotic.

  • Oliver Springs loses suit against K-9 officer

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A former Oliver Springs police officer and K-9 handler has been awarded more than $43,000 in damages from the town in a lawsuit over the time he spent training and caring for the dog.

    Dewayne Letner, who owned and worked with the city police dog while at the Oliver Springs Police Department, filed a lawsuit in fall 2006 against the city.

    A judgment filed in U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee on March 4 said Letner should recover damages from the city in the amount of $43,215.36.

  • Rockwood plant operator sentenced to probation

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    A plant operator who falsified water quality reports at the Rockwood Sewer Treatment Plant for nearly eight months in 2004 will see no jail time.

    Paul W. Perkins had pleaded guilty to a felony charge in November.

    On Monday, before U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Phillips in Knoxville, Perkins received two years probation and will be required to serve 40 hours of community service.

    Perkins worked as the plant operator from 2001 to October 2004.

  • Roane County well represented on all district squad

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    The coaches in District 3-A recently got together and selected their 2008 All-District Team. Roane County is well represented on the squad as a total of 11 players from Harriman, Rockwood and Midway were named all-district.

    On the girls' side, district champion Greenback walked away with the two biggest awards as Angie Lucier was named the 2008 District 3-A Coach of the Year while Jama Hammontree was named the 2008 District 3-A Player of the Year.

  • Cherokee girls win tournaments

    The Cherokee Middle School Lady Jackets recently took first place in two consecutive junior varsity basketball tournaments held in Lenoir City and Philadelphia. The Lady Jackets won the championship game in Lenoir City against Lenoir City with a 32-18 victory on Feb. 23. The following week they won the championship game in Philadelphia against Madisonville with a 33-31 win. The junior varsity team is coached by Ashlee Brackett and Ronnie Baggett.

  • Harriman, Covenant hash out details

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Attorneys from both sides of the Roane Medical Center and Covenant Health lease-and-purchase agreement were still in negotiation phase on Friday.

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said the attorneys still were talking back and forth by e-mail as of Friday.

    However, he hoped to have a finalized copy for city officials to vote on Tuesday.

    Mason said the issues that are being worked out are those that were brought up in the February council meeting.

  • Patton's gestures not enough for restraining order

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    While distasteful and crude, using your middle finger to make an obscene gesture is a protected form of expression under the U.S. Constitution.

    That was the finding of Chancellor Frank Williams in the county’s request for a restraining order against former constable Mark Patton.

    During a hearing Friday morning in Chancery Court, Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland called numerous witnesses who testified they had been “flipped off” by Patton.

  • Rockwood Middle student gets second in regional bee

    DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@bellsouth.net

    Andrew Edington was disappointed after he misspelled the word "accolade" at Saturday's Southern Appalachian Regional Spelling Bee. However, he wasn't disappointed in the accolade he took home. The Rockwood Middle School student was one of five spellers who finished in a tie for second-place.

  • New issues emerge in Pinnacle Pointe standoff

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    After a meeting between attorneys and accountants, Harriman officials and Pinnacle Pointe developers are still at odds over a $234,685 payment the state says the developers owe the city.

    Harriman City Attorney Harold Balcom told council that he, along with Harriman Treasurer Charles Kerley, met with developers and their attorneys last week.

    "Their position hasn't changed and neither has ours," Balcom said.