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Today's News

  • Three high schools searched for drugs

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Drug searches at Harriman, Oliver Springs and Rockwood high schools netted a handful of drug charges Friday morning.

    District Attorney Russell Johnson said the most significant find was at Harriman High School, where dogs located a small amount of marijuana separately bagged in the vehicle of a juvenile male.

    “It appeared to be separately bagged for the purpose of resale,” Johnson said.

  • Former Roane Countian named to White House post

    STAFF REPORTS  

    A Roane County native will help President Barack Obama in his efforts to fix the nation’s health care crisis.

    This week, the president introduced Nancy-Ann DeParle as the director of the White House Office for Health Reform.  

    “I’m really honored to be asked by President Obama to be part of his team working to lower costs and provide health care insurance and better quality to all Americans,” she said from the East Room of the White House.

  • Swan Pond resident feels road rage over damage

    By TERRI LIKENS

    tlikens@roanecounty.com

    Don Simon could be a poster child for the kind of people Roane County officials say they want to attract.

    The retired American Greetings executive has a comfortable home on the waterfront. He is active — a man who cares about his community.

    He has plenty of time now for his passion — barefoot endurance water skiing — and has a great appreciation for the smooth “perfect waters” that drew him here four years ago.

  • Roane County: The next Three Mile Island?

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County Executive Mike Farmer said perception — not reality — is one of the biggest obstacles to a full recovery from the TVA ash spill.

    If one of the worst environmental disasters in American history is any indication, Roane County could be rehabbing its image for decades.

    “I think this has the potential to be the coal industry’s Three Mile Island,” Farmer said.

  • Roane County -- the next Three Mile Island?

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County Executive Mike Farmer said perception — not reality — is one of the biggest obstacles to a full recovery from the TVA ash spill.

    If one of the worst environmental disasters in American history is any indication, Roane County could be rehabbing its image for decades.

    “I think this has the potential to be the coal industry’s Three Mile Island,” Farmer said.

  • Constable ouster suit set

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    It could take years before criminal charges against constable Mark Patton get resolved.

    However, the suit to oust him from office may not take that long.

    Circuit Court Judge Russell Simmons Jr. has scheduled the ouster case for trial May 19-21.

    A jury of 14 will be seated to hear the trial.

    “I was very pleased that judge Simmons gave us an early court date,” Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland said.

  • Making martyr of activist hurts our reputation

    EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is opinion. We have posted it where we usually post news because we are disturbed by an escalating series of events recently involving the TVA ash spill and an activist working in the Swan Pond area.

    At a time when a reasoned touch has been called for, both TVA and local authorities have chosen a more ham-fisted approach.

    Our community's reputation could pay the price.

  • Fatality on I-40 near Exit 350

    By David Doonan

    ddoonan@roanecounty.com

    Police and emergency personnel were called early Monday morning to a fatal automobile accident on Interstate 40 westbound before exit 350.

  • George Hyatte pleads guilty to murder

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    George Hyatte, the former Brushy Mountain prisoner at the center of an August 2005 shootout at the Roane County Courthouse, pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree murder for his role in the death of corrections officer Wayne "Cotton" Morgan. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

  • County wants to haul ash to Midtown

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The 5.4 million cubic yards of fly ash that spilled from TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant may never leave Roane County — even if TVA does decide to move it.

    County officials are considering reopening a Midtown landfill and charging TVA to dump the ash there.