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  • 83 spot change forms sent in

    T.H. Brown, chairman of the Roane County Board of Equalization, sent a letter to Roane County Executive Ron Woody expressing concerns about value changes on multiple parcels.

    “There appears to be a pattern of judgment and spot reappraising on improvement values, as well as significant reductions in land,” Brown said in the letter dated March 16.

    “I find this pattern excessive and questionable.”

    Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan said he was unaware of the letter until shown a copy Thursday night.

  • Lawyer wants Jacobs lawsuit back in Roane

    Knoxville attorney John Dupree wants the lawsuit he filed on behalf of an ash spill cleanup worker back in Roane County Circuit Court.

    Dupree’s client, Corryton resident Bill Rose, is accusing Jacobs Engineering Group of causing him to contract leukemia by lying about the safety of fly ash at the TVA ash spill cleanup site in Roane County.

    The lawsuit, in which Rose is seeking $10 million, was filed in Roane County Circuit Court on Dec. 12.

    Jacobs had it moved to U.S. District Court in Knoxville last month.

  • Powerball ticket worth $50 million sold in Harriman

    The state’s newest millionaire could come from Roane County. According to the Tennessee Lottery, the winning ticket for Saturday’s $50 million Powerball jackpot was sold in Harriman.

    Tennessee Lottery spokeswoman Kym Gerlock said the cash value of the winning ticket is approximately $33.5 million, meaning that’s how much the winner would receive if they take the prize in one lump sum.

    The winning ticket matched all six numbers drawn. 

  • UPDATE: Suspect, victim identified in shooting, standoff

    A shooting and hours-long standoff with law-enforcement officials on Saturday ended early in the evening without further incident.

    Roane County sheriff's deputies have taken Alex Gambrill, a former Lenoir City and TVA police officer, into custody.

    Gambrill is accused of shooting his former wife, Jenny Gambrill, during the incident that began at 142 Bridges Drive between Harriman and Oliver Springs.

    Jenny Gambrill was rushed to a trauma center and was reportedly in stable condition Saturday night, Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

  • State House ‘pre-meetings’ in secret, grow commonplace

    By ERIK SCHELZIG and LUCAS L. JOHNSON II • Associated Press

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee House committees are increasingly gathering in cramped, tucked-away conference rooms in the legislative office complex to hold secret “pre-meetings” to discuss pending legislation.

    The public isn’t informed or invited.

    No public notice is given for the time or location of the meetings held at odd hours by at least 10 of the 15 standing committees in the House.

  • Unidentified Kingston officer fires shot

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has been alerted to an incident in which an unidentified Kingston police officer fired his weapon while in pursuit of a man wanted in Florida.

    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam is conducting an internal investigation into the March 13 incident, a release from the District Attorney General’s Office said.

    According to the District Attorney General’s Office, Chad Stallard was a passenger in a car that was stopped for speeding.

  • Mom enters guilty plea in death of 5-year-old

    A Spring City woman pled guilty to the facilitation of first degree felony murder in the August 2013 death of her son, 5-year-old Landon Robbins.

    Jessica Robbins also pled guilty to aggravated child abuse.

    She entered her pleas on March

    17.

    The mother was originally charged in September 2013 with felony first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse after her son was found unresponsive in the home, according to reports.

  • Writing entries sought

    The Knoxville Writers Guild is accepting entries through midnight June 30 for its 2015 writing contest.

    More than $1,000 in prizes are being offered in six different categories, including the Libba Moore Gray Award for Poetry, the Knoxville Writers Guild Award for Creative Nonfiction, the Knoxville Writers Guild Award for Genre Fiction, the Young Writers’ Prize and the Leslie Garrett Award for Literary Fiction.

  • ‘And next year, I’m back to win!’

    Olivia O’Shell may have never used the word “juvenilia.”

    But it’s highly likely she’ll ever forget how to spell it.

    That’s because it’s the word that took down the Kingston Elementary spelling champ in last weekend’s Southern Appalachian Regional Spelling Bee in Knoxville.

    “I just couldn’t picture it in my head,” said Olivia, who took home third place in the regional competition.

    “Everything was getting to me.”

  • HAVING A BALL!

    For most women, playing league basketball at Rockwood Community Center is something fun to do on Sunday.

    But for one, it is something to mark off her bucket list.

    “I always wanted to play ball in high school,” Delores Galyon said. “More than anything.”

    But her parents wouldn’t let her.

    “They were old-fashioned,” she said. “They didn’t play, so they didn’t understand how important it was to me.”

    The 65-year-old Kingston grandmother is finally realizing her dream.