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Today's News

  • Man charged with beating jailer girlfriend

    Jacob Tyler Summers is charged with domestic assault for allegedly beating a Roane County Sheriff’s Office corrections officer on April 5.

    Sheriff Jack Stockton said he discussed the incident with his employee – Paige Beaty.

    “She just wanted to ensure me that she was sorry that it happened,” Stockton said.

    Stockton said he tried to reassure Beaty.

    “I told her she can’t control someone else’s actions,” he said.   

  • County hopes to sweeten Plateau deal

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody got unanimous approval on a resolution that calls for renegotiation of the Plateau Partnership Park deal.

    “I think everybody is aware we didn’t get a fair shake on that deal,” Commissioner Steve Kelley said. “Roane County definitely ended up holding the short end of the stick.”

    Plateau Partnership Park is a joint industrial park venture between Roane, Cumberland and Morgan counties.

    All of the land is in Cumberland and Morgan counties.

  • Gallaher attorney negotiating plea in Grill & Pub death

    Eric Gallaher may never face a jury in his manslaughter case. His attorney, Donice Butler, said they’ve had discussions with the District Attorney General’s Office about a possible plea deal that would resolve the case without having to go to trial.

    Butler said Gallaher might enter a plea if they can “negotiate one that he could live with.”

    “I wouldn’t want to release the details of that plea unless and until we’re ready to enter it,” she said.

  • Racers feel at home in Roane event

    Cyclists saw the beauty of Roane County firsthand this weekend.

    Cyclists and their bikes filled the roadways for the Roane County Omnium, a cycling event that included a timed race in Harriman, races in Rockwood’s historic downtown area and a road race in Kingston that culminated in the South of the River area.

    “It was beautiful,” said Johnny Hayes of the Village Volkswagen team.

    “I absolutely loved the course. It was one of the better courses I’ve raced on in a long time.”

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  • ‘Prospect 14’ sales put $150,000 in city coffers

    Harriman Industrial Development Board sold enough downtown buildings recently to cut the city quite a nice check.

    Industrial Board Chairman Bill Alexander presented the $150,000 check last week to Harriman City Council.

    The funds come from the more recent sales of property through a project called Prospect 14, a campaign to sell downtown properties vacated with the moving of Roane Medical Center to Midtown.

    Those sales include a building on Trenton Street that will be used for a store in the front and alignment shop in back.

  • ‘Legends salute’ to take place of Pearl fundraiser

    This weekend’s fundraising event for the historic Roane County Courthouse will go on — without Bruce Pearl.

    “He has canceled because of his obligations with the Auburn transition,” said Stephanie Wright, a member of the Roane County Heritage Commission.
    Pearl, the former University of Tennessee men’s basketball coach, was selected as head coach of the Auburn University Tigers in March.

  • Deal to expand Kingston park falls through

    Kingston City Council members received updates on some key city grant applications at April council sessions.

    And though the news wasn’t all good, the bottom line was that the city is still in hurry-up-and-wait mode.

    The bad news, said City Manger David Bolling, is the city’s plan to purchase a plot of land adjacent to the newly acquired Gertrude Porter Park fell through when officials couldn’t reach a mutually agreeable deal with a neighboring property owner.

  • Keep it simple, take the prize

     

    Robotics projects took center stage at Midway Middle School last week, when engineers in the making showed off their skills in an after-school competition.

    Three teams of students put their robotics know-how to the test by designing parts on finished remote-control projects.

    The projects were made to simulate transportation of hazardous waste.

    The winning vehicle was also the simplest and cheapest. It pushed a faux toxic barrel — a medicine-bottle-sized object.

  • State suspends Butler from practicing law

    After weeks of waiting, Harriman attorney Donice Butler finally received a verdict in her disciplinary case on Friday. 

    It wasn’t the decision she wanted. 

    “Based upon these findings of fact and conclusions of law, the Hearing Panel finds that the respondent (Butler) shall be suspended from the practice of law for a period of nine months,” the panel ruled. 

    Butler said she plans to appeal the decision.