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Today's News

  • Back taxes pile up: Almost $1 million in arrears

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County Clerk and Master Shannon Conley received the 2008 delinquent tax list last week.

    She was shocked at what she saw.

    Conley said taxes are owed on 2,018 pieces of property.

    That amounted to $915,624.04 that should have gone into county coffers but didn’t.

    Roane County Delinquent Tax Attorney Richard Evans is now suing the property owners to collect the money.  

  • Road situation on development gets more complicated

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    In November 2008, Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland said he was confident the county would collect on a bond to ensure roads in Docks at Caney Creek subdivision are built to county specifications.

    McFarland said recently he’s still confident the county will collect, but it could take a protracted legal fight to do so.

  • School dress code plan has detractors

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Some people have complained that Cherokee Middle School’s proposed dress code would create an economic hardship.

    “‘Why am I having to pay extra money to get clothing for a public education?’ they tell me,” Roane County Board of Education Member Hugh Johnson said.

    Students who have a hard time financially could purchase low-cost “gently used items” from a school store that Cherokee would open twice a year. 

  • Rocky Houston guilty on two of six charges

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Rocky Houston went two-for-six as his own attorney.

    The jury in his police chase trial found him not guilty on two counts of aggravated assault, not

  • Barnard fans 15 in Devils win

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    March may have just ended, but the Harriman Blue Devils picked up a pair of big wins this week that will help them out in May.

    On Monday, the Blue Devils defeated Rockwood, 1-0, behind a strong pitching performance from Tyler Dishman. Tuesday, the Blue Devils completed the season sweep of their District 3-A rivals with a 5-0 victory.

  • Voters may have double decision on constables

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Butch Barding said he doesn’t have a problem with letting voters decide whether Roane County should do away with the office of constable.

    Barding said he just has a problem with the question being on the same August ballot to elect constables.

  • Dishman leads Devils past Tigers

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    On May 11, 2009, Harriman pitcher Tyler Dishman suffered a pitcher's worst nightmare. Dishman was struck in the head with a line drive that ended his season and nearly ended his career after suffering damage to his right eye and facial fractures.

  • Three up for county executive; sheriff's race has two contenders

    Election officials took filing petitions from four last-minute candidates Thursday to complete the filing for Roane County elections.

    Election Day is Aug. 5. The last-day filers were Fred Childress, a candidate for the Tennessee House of Representatives, 32nd District; Garvin J. Morris, County Commission, District 5; Kent D. Calfee, Constable District 5; and Brad E. Parish, Democratic State Executive Committeeman, 12th District.

    Others who met the noon April 1 filing deadline were:

    Roane County County Executive

    Mike Farmer

  • Harmon making another run despite health issues

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Campaigning could be in Roane County Commissioner James Harmon’s future after all.

    Despite setbacks from various ailments, Harmon said this week that he’s still planning to run in the August election.

    “I’m mending, and I think I will be all right,” he said. “As far as I’m concerned, I’m going to run again. One more time.”

    The field in District 2 will be crowded.

  • Jury seated in Rocky Houston assault trial

    By DAVID DOONAN

    ddoonan@roanecounty.com

    A jury has been seated in the assault trial of Rocky Houston.

    The jury will decide the fate of Houston, whose charges stem from a car chase with law enforcement in 2004.