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  • Drug Court makes a difference in life of one Wartburg woman

    Does it work?

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    They say that a picture is worth a thousand words and local Drug Court Coordinator Stacie Basler says that is especially true of the three participants who have completed her program so far.

    Tonya Laymance is the most recent graduate of the program and Basler applauds the steps she has taken to turn her life around.

    Drug Court is designed to help repeating drug offenders to overcome their addiction to become productive citizens.

  • TBI takes lead

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    As of Oct. 9, TBI Agent Brad Nealon is now leading the investigation of the Sept. 5th shooting at Edna Mae’s Bar and Grill.

    It was reported earlier that TBI had entered the investigation to assist the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office but District Attorney General Russell Johnson said last week that the TBI is now leading the investigation.

  • New prosecutor says he will be ready for Houston trial

    By TERRI LIKENS

    rceditor@bellsouth.net

    With a new prosecutor on board and Rocky Houston’s double-murder trial just a month off, Judge James “Buddy” Scott had plenty of issues to juggle at a hearing Friday.

    Looming large among them was a defendant that Scott said has “conduct” issues.

    Both Rocky and his brother, Leon, appeared in Roane County Circuit Court as Scott relieved former special prosecutor Robert “Gus” Radford of West Tennessee from the case.

  • Political signs problematic across county

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    With the election approaching, political signs seem to be everywhere.

    The problem is that in Kingston, the signs are only permitted in designated areas.

    “They stick them up all over,” said Willie Gordon, building inspector.

    According to Gordon, political signs are not allowed on city or state rights of way.

    Under city ordinance, they are permitted in commercial and residential areas, Gordon said.

    Gordon said he picks up about a dozen signs a day.

  • Johnson says he's still a part of Patton case

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Despite reports, the district attorney general’s office has not recused itself from handling the assault case involving Roane County Constable Mark Patton.

    General Sessions Court Judge Dennis Humphrey announced in court on Monday that he, fellow General Sessions Court Judge Jeff Wicks and the district attorney general’s office had all recused themselves from the case.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said Wednesday, however, that his office did not recuse itself.

  • Sewer issues put Crete project at risk

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    A project lauded by some and criticized by others appears to be in jeopardy.

    Crete Carrier announced in 2007 that it planned to invest $5.4 million in a new trucking facility on the site that was once home to Atomic Speedway.

    The 26-acre site fronts Interstate 40 in East Roane County and is next to the Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

    Leslie Henderson, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance, said the project is in peril because Crete is having trouble getting sewer service.

  • Hendersoon to make trip to Germany with Bredesen delegation

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A trip to Germany will give Roane County’s top industrial recruiter the chance to network with Volkswagen, which is building a plant in Chattanooga.

    Roane Alliance president Leslie Henderson will be heading to Europe this month as part of a trade delegation with Gov. Phil Bredesen.

    Roane is trying to lure companies that supply the automobile industry and are expected to locate in areas around the factory.

  • Man of steel: self-taught blacksmith forges ahead

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Some young people unwind in Internet chat rooms or with video games.

    Dillion Alley takes a different track in his off-time — one involving heat, soot and steel.

    The 20-year-old was fascinated by the blacksmith craft, and he decided to give it a try a year ago.

    Alley works in a rustic shed he built himself. He uses a concrete bowl, called a fire pot, as part of his forge and a blow-dryer-driven contraption his bellows.

  • Harriman police make arrests for meth making

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A Roane Medical Center-owned building on Roane Street was quarantined after Harriman Police found chemicals associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine in the basement on Friday.

    It had a 5-gallon glass jar containing the liquid components of methamphetamine, said Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle.

    Those flammable components had begun to form a gas, he said.

  • Paul Newman 'likeable rowdy'

    By TERRI LIKENS

    rceditor@bellsouth.net

    People all over the world are remembering Paul Newman as an actor, activist, race car driver and philanthropist.

    Dick Merian of Kingston can add a couple more labels: “fellow classmate” and “likeable rowdy.”

    Merian went to Kenyon College in Ohio with Newman, who died of cancer at his home in Connecticut last week.

    It was a respected men’s college of 385 people at the time.