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Today's News

  • ‘Hot’ property? DOE tests will tell

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Scott Boyes saw an opportunity seven years ago when the Tennessee Department of Transportation was constructing the new Hwy. 70 bridge.

    Boyes had a depression in his front yard and TDOT had some fill to get rid of.

    “I wanted it,” he said.

    The soil was brought to Boyes, who used it to fill in the low spot on his Walton Road property.

    However, what once seemed like an opportunity has now become a concern for Boyes.

  • Cawood case hindered by missing report, deputy hints

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The judge who presided over Chris Cawood’s bench trial last November suggested that the outcome could have turned out differently.

    “I won’t speculate what I would have done had the charge been disorderly conduct,” Special Judge Larry Warner said. “However, on the charge of resisting arrest, I find him not guilty.”

  • Dog dies at groomer, but why?

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Brunswick, a 3-year-old schnauzer, died at L.A. Paws on June 11; Regina Sutton and Lorri Case agree on that.

    What caused his death is where they differ.

    Sutton took Brunswick to L.A. Paws to be groomed and blames Case, the Rockwood shop owner, for his demise.

    “She killed my dog,” Sutton said.

    Case disagrees.

    “I don’t know what happened to him, but I did not kill him,” she said.

  • Boles enjoys basketball camp

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    Usually when Roane State head coach Monica Boles is instructing players on the basketball court there is a lot of pressure on her to see results right away.

    That’s not been the case this week as Boles along with several of her Raiderette players have been teaching basketball fundamentals to elementary age girls at the 2010 Roane State Girls Basketball Camp.

  • Officer says racism not intent of MySpace videos

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    A Harriman police officer has been instructed to remove offensive, racist content from his MySpace page after it was brought to officials’ attention last week.

    Officer Michael Cox, 25, told his supervisor he did not mean for videos he placed on the social networking page to be viewed as offensive and racist, said Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle.

  • State slaps TVA with record $11.5M fine

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    TVA has been hit with the largest fine the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has ever issued.

    The $11.5 million penalty, announced Monday by TDEC Commissioner Jim Fyke and Deputy Commissioner Paul Sloan, is for the fly ash catastrophe that occurred at the Kingston Fossil Plant on Dec. 22, 2008.

  • Love weighing his options

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    Most high school football players have a dream to play football at the Division I level in college, but most never get the opportunity to live out that dream.

    Harriman's Shaquille Love, however, appears well on his way to living out that dream as five D-1 schools have already offered the 6'5” 261-pound lineman and many more are expected to offer before Love finishes his high school career this season.

  • Lawyer: Pinnacle Pointe settlement may be 2 years away

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Millions are at stake in the monetary disagreement over the Pinnacle Pointe development in Midtown, but it could be two more years before a settlement is reached.

    Both the developers and the city of Harriman have filed suit in Roane County Chancery Court over the development.

    Harriman officials believe the Prestige Land Co. developers owe as much as $4.5 million in money the city overpaid on the public-private project.

  • City pools offer hours of fun

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    Swimming is one of the best ways to beat the heat in the summer time and both the Rockwood and Kingston Community Center swimming pools offer a safe, fun and inexpensive way to swim this summer.

    Both pools offer public swim times in the afternoon as well as exercise classes and swimming lessons for the public.

    The Kingston Community Center pool is open seven days a week with open pool for the public on Monday through Friday from 1-4:30 p.m. Admission for public swim is $2.50.

  • Woman dies in Rockwood fire

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    A Roane County family is mourning the loss of an 82-year-old woman who was killed early Friday morning in a house fire near Rockwood.

    Firefighters searched for the better part of the day Friday for Edna Pearl Cleveland, whose body was recovered mid-afternoon inside the charred remains of her Joiner Hollow Road home.