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Today's News

  • More skepticism of TVA involvement on reports

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The Tennessee Department of Health’s recently released draft public health assessment on the ash spill underwent a TVA review before it was made public.

    Apparently that’s a common practice among agencies that have studied the disaster.  

    “We call it a courtesy review,” said Jeff Steevens, a research biologist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Research and Development Center.

    The ERDC looked into how Emory River dredging would impact fish.

  • Houston spitting incident going to court

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Rocky Houston is still awaiting a decision from an appeals court about his murder case.

    However, an unrelated matter that involved a scuffle with officers is moving forward.

    The incident happened on Oct. 10, 2008, at the Roane County Courthouse. Houston allegedly became unruly while Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips and Kingston Assistant Police Chief Wes Stooksbury were escorting him out of the courthouse.

  • Henderson rescues Rockwood

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    Reanna Henderson made perhaps the biggest shot of her Rockwood career Friday night as the Lady Tiger junior converted an old-fashioned three-point play with 15.3 seconds left that proved to be the game-winner in Rockwood's 47-45 victory over Harriman at Dr. Tom W. Evans Gymnasium.

    Henderson's basket and free throw capped a late comeback for the Lady Tigers. Rockwood led by as many as six points early in the fourth period, but Harriman used a 14-4 run down the stretch to take a 45-41 lead with 1:45 left to play.

  • Wrestlers get special holiday workout

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    A 2008 NCAA National Champion wrestler inspired a gathering of high school wrestlers from Roane County High and Midway High School last week.

    Jordan Leen, an All American who wrestled for Cornell University, encouraged the youth with talks and demonstrations of moves.

    “I’m a local product of East Tennessee wrestling,” said Leen, whose father, Mark Leen, is a former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling coach.

  • Wildlife questions linger after disaster

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Tony Scruggs is not a biologist or a scientist.

    He’s just a man who enjoys watching the local wildlife from his lakefront home outside of Kingston.

    “We used to see a lot of water snakes,” he said. “We’d watch them from the dock, and they’d come in there and swim right underneath us and get in my dock rocks.”

  • Kingston sees brighter future through lighting project

    By TERRI LIKENS

    tlikens@roanecounty.com

    Kingston’s long-sought lighting project for the Gallaher Road interchange of Interstate 40 is back on track again.

    The city sees the lighting project as a beacon to draw sorely needed retail businesses into its revenue mix and to signal to potential customers that the businesses are there.

    The federal funding for the project — which required the money to be spent by a certain time — was retracted through no fault of the city’s.

  • County mayor, sheriff to seek re-election

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    County executive, all 15 county commission seats and several other offices are up for grabs  in next year’s General Election.

    Candidates can start picking up petitions on Jan. 1. The qualifying deadline is April 1, and Election Day is Aug. 5.

    County Executive Mike Farmer has already stated his intentions to seek another term. So has Sheriff Jack Stockton.

    Both were elected to their first terms in 2006.

  • Crowded courtrooms cause for concern

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Dennis Humphrey recalled how things used to be when he showed up for work at the Roane County Courthouse.

    “I started with the DA’s office in ’84, and on a typical Monday, I might be looking at 40 warrants,” he said.

    Times have changed. Now a General Sessions Court judge, Humphrey said it’s not uncommon to deal with 300 warrants on a typical Monday.

    “Our criminal docket is so much larger than our other dockets,” he said.

  • Report says no health impact from ash so far

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    TVA was allowed to review the Tennessee Department of Health’s draft health assessment of the fly ash catastrophe before it was released to the public on Tuesday. TVA is not mentioned among the agencies that reviewed the assessment in the state’s press release.

  • Rockwood relaxes liquor laws

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    What can sometimes be a hot-button issue wasn’t for the Rockwood City Council, who last week approved lifting distance requirements for establishments selling alcohol.

    The council approved on second reading an ordinance that removes the 100-foot distance requirement from churches and schools if the property is commercially zoned at C-1 and C-2.

    The ordinance also removes the limit of six on-premises consumption permits for the community.