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Today's News

  • Roane County Park job leaves us wondering

    Former Roane County elections administrator Tony Brown lost his job because of politics last Friday.

    Brown is a Democrat. But a change in the state legislature, from a Democratic majority to more Republicans in power, meant that Republicans also get the edge in county election commissions across the state by three GOP members to two Democrats.

    And as a result, and not unexpectedly, Brown was ousted and a Republican was put in his place.

    We (and the state attorney general) have issues with that process, but that is another matter.

  • Beverly Stroh, Rockwood's industrial recruiter dies

    By TERRI LIKENS

    tlikens@roanecounty.com

    Still reeling after the death of a city councilman last week, Rockwood has lost another city official this week.

    Beverly Stroh, who was economic development coordinator for the city, died early Wednesday of a stroke, according to City Coordinator Jim Hines.

  • Next stop Murfreesboro for Lady Waves

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    Somebody had to pay and that somebody was Unaka.

    That was pretty much the message delivered Friday evening as the Midway Lady Green Waves bounced back from a frustrating loss in Wednesday’s Region 2-A Championship game against Coalfield by pounding the Lady Rangers in the TSSAA Class A Sectional, 10-3.

    Wednesday’s loss was a 1-0 heartbreaker against the Lady Jackets, but Midway co-head coaches Robbie Viar and Craig Hutchinson knew at the time that their team would come back with a vengeance.

  • Is Pinnacle Pointe dispute nearing an end?

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    A dispute that has been going on roughly two years may be a few months from resolution.

    Harriman City Councilman Lonnie Wright made the motion last week to set a 90-day timeline to settle the ongoing who-owes-whom debate between Harriman and the developers of Prestige Land Co.

    “Lets move on with it,” Wright said.

  • Another trial set in Houston case

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Rocky and Leon Houston took the main entrance into the courthouse on Thursday.

    The brothers were released on bond last week.

    Gone are the shackles and handcuffs and having to be shuffled in through a side entrance flanked by officers.

    Their newfound freedom apparently didn’t sit well with a family member of one of the men the brothers are accused of killing.

  • New landfill rules for fly ash come late

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Legislation that would set requirements for the storage of coal fly ash in landfills was passed by the state senate this week.

    Under Senate Bill 1559, landfills would have to contain a liner and be capped properly in order for the state to grant a permit for the storage of fly ash.

  • Dredging begins on Emory River

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    TVA officials estimate 3 million yards of fly ash is in the Emory River.

    The process to remove it began Thursday with the start of dredging operations. The goal is to get the ash back on TVA land.

    Officials with the utility company are expressing confidence the plan will be a success.

    “We know that the dredging in the river will absolutely get it all out,” ash spill incident commander Tim Hope said.

  • Marty Duncan retains lessons from his father as he heads Ford dealership

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    In a changing of the guard at a prominent Roane County business, Marty Duncan has taken the helm at Jerry Duncan Ford.

    The sale was complete on March 1, the anniversary of when Marty’s father, Jerry, bought the Harriman dealership in 1975.

    “It is a really good deal for both of us,” Marty said.

  • Home builder, county attorney in spat over sign

    DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Editor's note: Watch video of a hallway spat at the end of the story,

    A rich and powerful bully or a hard-working taxpayer?

    Bob Markli insists he’s the latter.

    Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland disagrees.

  • Builder wins in sign spat with county attorney

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    A sign at the center of a dispute between a Farragut home builder and Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland is coming down.

    Kingston building inspector Willie Gordon said the sign in question is within city limits and must be removed.

    The Blue Springs Pontoon Boat Co. sign stands at the intersection of Lawnville Road and Ladd Landing Way.