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Today's News

  • Rocky Houston can't be own attorney

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    A request by murder suspect Rocky Houston to act as his own lawyer has been denied.

    Rocky and his brother, Leon, are accused of killing Roane County Sheriff's Deputy Bill Jones and his friend Mike Brown, in a shootout on May 11, 2006.

    During a hearing in March, Rocky repeated his request to Judge James "Buddy" Scott that he wished to represent himself in the case. Scott took the matter under advisement and issued a ruling last week denying Rocky's request.

  • Firm backs out of Pinnacle Pointe study

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    The company that the city expected to do a study on the Pinnacle Pointe project is no longer interested.

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said he is unsure why the Vaughn & Melton engineering firm is withdrawing from the study.

    The Knoxville-based company had earlier agreed to take on the project using computer models to study the shopping center site to help resolve a conflict between the city and Prestige Land Co., a development company headed by Roane County businessmen Steve Kirkham and Jerry Duncan.

  • Hospital purchase agreement signed by all parties

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    It looks like Harriman officials concerned about the financial situation at Roane Medical Center can breathe a sigh of relief.

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said Thursday that the purchase agreement with Covenant Health has been signed by all parties.

    He hopes the closing will take place next week before a large bond payment is due May 1.

  • Fatal accident kills driver

    By DAVID DOONAN

    rcdoonan@bellsouth.net

    A driver was killed in a one-vehicle accident at 167 Gallaher Road Saturday morning.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the driver of a Lincoln Blackwood pickup was traveling south on Gallaher road a approximately 9:30 a.m. when the vehicle failed to negotiate a curve and hit a group of mail boxes. The truck ran off the road and flipped, landing on its roof in a creek on the property of Thomas Marlee.

    Marlee said he heard a boom, and was the first person on scene, and called police.

  • Siteworx LLC files suit over jail project

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    A subcontractor who performed groundwork on the county’s new jail project has filed a lawsuit in Roane County Chancery Court.

    In the 12-page complaint, Brian Mullins of Siteworx LLC contends he wasn’t paid for work performed on the job.

    J&M Inc., Henson Construction Services, Clay Williams & Associates and the Roane County government are all named as defendants.

  • Midway takes control of District 3-A race

    By BROWNIE ROSE

    Roane Newspapers

    Both the Harriman Lady Blue Devils and the Midway Lady Green Waves were 6-0 in District 3-A when they met for the first time Tuesday.

    Midway won the first meeting this year 3-0 and they faced the Lady Devils again Thursday. A Midway win Thursday will give the Lady Waves the regular season championship outright along with the No. 1 seed for the upcoming District 3-A Tournament.

    A Harriman win Thursday would leave the two teams tied for the top spot.

  • Breazeale to play at Bryan College

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    Fifty years from now when people talk about the greatest athletes to ever play at Rockwood High School, Zach Breazeale’s name will be involved in the conversation.

  • Attempted armed robbery suspect arrested

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Police have arrested a man who allegedly attempted to rob the KenJo Market on Gallaher Road Thursday morning — and who is also suspected of robbing three stores in Knoxville.

    Two people were injured in the Kingston holdup.

    Kingston police where called at 7:53 a.m. about an attempted armed robbery.

    When they arrived, the suspect, Joseph Duggan of Lenoir City, had fled.

  • State Dems seek Yager's county records

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Candidates seeking to become the 12th District’s next state senator should expect a full vetting before the fall.

    The Tennessee Democratic Party has already sent a public information request to the Roane County government seeking to comb through records compiled during Republican candidate Ken Yager’s long tenure as county executive from 1982 to 2006.

    The Democrats are requesting to see the following for Yager:

  • Ruppe kicks off state senate run in Roane

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Democrat state senate candidate Becky Ruppe brought out some party heavyweights for her stump through the 12th District late last week.

    In Kingston, U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis, state Rep. Dennis Ferguson and state Sen. Tommy Kilby all joined Ruppe for the stop at the old Roane County Courthouse.

    “I’m supporting her because I believe she can get the job done, knows how to get the job done and will work to get the job done,” Davis said.