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Today's News

  • Mixed martial arts’ home advantage not winning overwhelming endorsement

     By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    A few hundred dollars.

    Rockwood City Recorder Jim Hines said that’s all the city got from an amateur mixed martial arts event at Rockwood Community Center last year.

    While the dollars may have been few, the complaints generated by the event, dubbed “Redemption,” were apparently enough for city officials to ban future MMA fights at the community center.

  • Proposal to freeze assessments probably too late

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    A resolution that seeks relief from this year’s reappraisal is on the tentative agenda for the June 14 Roane County Commission meeting.

    Commissioner David Currier submitted the resolution.    

    “I felt like the reappraisals were out of line,” he said.

  • Sheriff, deputy defendants in $8 million suit

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The mother of a man who was killed by a sheriff’s deputy is suing Roane County for $7.95 million.

    Sheriff Jack Stockton, Deputy Dustin Hensley, Investigator Bryan Walker, Chief Deputy Tim Phillips and County Executive Mike Farmer are named as defendants in the lawsuit, filed June 4 in Roane County Circuit Court by Oak Ridge attorney Mike Ritter on behalf of Martha Davis.

    Hensley shot Davis’ son, David Dickey, at his Quarry Road home on the night of June 6, 2009.

  • Two dogs shot, then released to owner

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    A Roane County sheriff’s deputy shot two pitbulls Saturday on Keylon Drive in the Midtown area.

    According to a sheriff’s office offense report, animal control officer Josh Strickland requested backup after two pitbulls chased him to his truck.

    Deputy John Mayes was one of the officers who showed up to help.

  • Accident leaves Rockwood teen dead

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    A dream that doesn’t seem real. That’s how Patricia Morrone described losing her son over the weekend.

    Tyler Bennett, 14, of Wheeler Street in Rockwood, died on Saturday at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. He attended Rockwood Middle School during the recently completed school year.

    Friends and family said he cut his leg early Saturday morning after punching out a window at an abandoned house.

  • Rockwood trio selected to all-star team

    Rockwood Middle School football players Drake Long, Brant Mitchell and Kyron Inman have been selected to be part of the first-ever Kentucky vs. Tennessee Future Stars All-Star Classic that will be played Saturday at 1 p.m. in Louisville, Ky.

    Nearly 300 players competed for a spot on the Tennessee team at the Knoxville Combine on April 24. Players were then chosen to compete on either the seventh grade all-star team or the eighth grade all-star team.

  • Real estate agent busy, but not with sales

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The phones have been ringing a lot lately at Joyce Fitzgerald’s Realty Executives’ office on Gallaher Road, Kingston.

    Fitzgerald said the increase is not because more people are looking to buy a home. She attributes it to the county’s reappraisal.

    Property owners have been calling, wanting to know if their property is really worth as much as the property assessor’s office says it is.

  • Swan Pond appraisals seem to defy logic

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers the TVA ash spill “one of the worst environmental disasters of its kind in history.”

    Imagine the surprise of some Swan Pond residents who received new appraisal cards from the county last month and saw that their property values didn’t decrease, but actually rose.

    “The property appraisals do not reflect at all the hardship the community has gone through,” Tom Grizzard said.

  • Devils knocked out of state tourney

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

     

    Roane Newspapers

     

    With no seniors on his roster, Harriman head coach Andy Adcox knew his Blue Devils might run into some trouble this week at the TSSAA Class A State Tournament in Murfreesboro. Adcox was right as his squad was eliminated after two games.

     

    Powerful Decatur County Riverside bested the Blue Devils 16-3 in Tuesday’s tournament opener then Nashville Christian School (NCS) ended the Blue Devils season on Wednesday, 9-4.

     

  • When did water board members step aside?

    By CHERYL DUNCAN

    cduncan@roanecounty.com

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas Board Chairman Harold Ishman first received word that three board members were resigning in letters dated March 26.

    Those documents, delivered to Ishman before what was to be the board’s April 26 meeting, indicated Carl Lehman, LeRoy Wilson and Dean Woodall planned to step off the board in a month, on May 26.

    They weren’t, however, the only notices he received. About two weeks later, Ishman received a second set of letters at his home.