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Today's News

  • Kirkham: Recording backs firing claim

    Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham produced an audio recording on Friday of a conversation she said she had with J.T. Woods.

    Kirkham said the recording is proof that she fired Woods.

    “This backs it up,” she said.

    Woods is one of four people running against Kirkham in the August election. He worked in the property assessor’s office from Sept. 21, 2008, to Nov. 15, 2010.

  • TVA disputing inspector agents’ interview records

    The TVA Office of the Inspector General has no plans to change its methods of conducting interviews.

    Those methods, which include not recording interviews, came under attack by TVA attorneys during last year’s civil trial over the ash spill.

    “A record of interview is hearsay,” TVA attorney Edwin Small told the federal judge presiding over the case. “It’s some person’s writing about what some other person said. It’s classic hearsay.”

  • Appeals court stands behind decision to dismiss Houston suit

    Senior Judge Walter Kurtz’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Leon Houston will stand.

    The Tennessee Court of Appeals filed an opinion last month affirming the ruling.

    Houston had sued the state of Tennessee, two judges, Roane County and members of the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office.

    Kurtz dismissed his lawsuit in 2010. He ruled that the judges had judicial immunity and the state had sovereign immunity.

    Houston claimed the clerk’s office did not properly process his subpoenas.

  • New complex stigma undeserved, management says

    Apartment complexes like Deer Run Apartments don’t deserve the stigma often associated with them.

    That’s the opinion of Jesse Bowman, project analyst with DPKY Development Co. LLC, the entity responsible for Deer Run and the proposed neighboring project Heritage Hills.

    While both Heritage Hills and Deer Run are part of the program Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program, Bowman believes the term “affordable housing” is more adequate.

  • Arrests: Jan. 26-29

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Jan. 26 — Zoe Lynn Dickerson, 23, 110 Old Waller Ferry Road, Lenoir City: child neglect. Bond $2,500; court date April 2.

    • John Morris Futch, 51, 701 North Indiana, Englewood, Fla.: public intoxication. Bond $500; court date Feb. 27.

    • Brannon Anthony Hennings, 21, 1360 River Bend Road, Kingston: failure to comply with bond conditions. No bond; court date Feb. 6.

  • Harriman Happenings: Feb. 6

    By Louise Warmley
    We are wishing Deacon Steve Fuqua a speedy recovery. He is a patient in Parkwest Hospital. Let’s keep him in our prayers.

    Remembering Earl Brown, who had surgery in St. Mary’s Hospital in Knoxville. Trusting that you will soon be healed.

    Terry Hall, former resident of Harriman, is ill in Arizona. This report came from his sisters who live here.

    We are remembering Norma Bazel, who is ill at home. Let’s keep her in our prayers.

  • 'Round Rockwood: Feb. 6

    By Josephine McKinney
    Rain, rain go away, come again some other day. Hard rain has been falling all day, and there is no sign of it letting up.

  • Management of chronic disease focus of program

    Mid-East Community Action Agency’s senior services department and Roane County Health Department are partnering to offer an upcoming six-week chronic disease management program.

    The program, Living Well With Chronic Conditions, is a workshop that meets from 1 to 3 p.m. each Wednesday from Feb. 14-March 21 in the health department at  1362 N. Gateway Ave., Rockwood.

  • Unemployment tax information available online

    Recipients of Tennessee unemployment benefits during 2011 can now access the information they need for income tax purposes on the state’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development homepage.

    The homepage is at https://tdlwd.tn.gov/ui1099/.

    Benefit recipients can also go straight to the log-in page at https://tdlwd.tn.gov/ui1099/
    login.aspx.

  • VECustomers Share awards $2,500 to three Roane organizations

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program awarded $2,500 in grants to Roane County organizations in December.

    Groups collecting grants include Midway High School PTO, which received $1,000; Midway Middle School’s Beta Club was awarded $750; and the Midway Hall of Fame garnered $750.

    VECustomers Share, founded in October 2001, has donated more than $4 million to various community-service organizations.

    The program is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization covering Volunteer Energy’s 17-county service area.