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    Nearly four years after the death of their son, Roy and Rebecca Harvey now have some sense of closure.

    The man responsible for his death, Eric Glenn Gallaher, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in Roane County Criminal Court on Friday.

    “I’m glad that it’s over,” Rebecca Harvey said after the hearing.

    “It’s part over. My heart’s never healed. It will never heal.”

  • Academy makes an ‘amazing’ difference

    Roane Academy staff want to change the lives of the young men who come through their doors.

    “It is an amazing program,” said Mark Akers, the Academy’s facility director. “The outcome for these kids has been very, very good” for the last four months.

    Roane Academy is a treatment facility for boys, typically ages 12-17, in state custody for a variety of reasons.

    Those reasons range from dependant and neglect cases where there are issues in the home to behavioral issues or juvenile justice cases.

  • Christmas deadline for school boundaries

    Roane County Schools will have a plan in place for redistricting by this Christmas.

    Roane County Board of Education approved the deadline during its monthly meeting Thursday.

    Board member Larry Brackett’s motion to develop a plan by the holiday was seconded by board member Danny Wright.

    In addition to setting a deadline to have a plan in place for the 2016-17 school year “it also gives parents ample time to prepare,” said Wright.

  • Rockwood to look at budget

    Rockwood City Council will meet for a budget workshop at 6 p.m. Thursday.

    That session will be followed by a possible first reading of the 2015-16 city budget.

    Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller said he wants to pass appropriations to get the fiscal year moving, like Roane County has done.

    He said he doesn’t necessarily expect a higher property tax rate.

    “Let me say this, I think our tax rate will stay at a $1 [per $100 valuation] unless the certified tax rate says we need to be higher,” Miller said.

  • S.C. man runs from lawmen

    A South Carolina man who allegedly led authorities on a foot pursuit was still in custody at the Roane County Jail on Friday.

    Quintin Tremaine Williams, 38, was apprehended at the Exxon on Kentucky Street in Kingston. He is charged with car theft, DUI, evading arrest and resisting arrest.

    According to the warrant filed by Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy John Mayes, dispatch received a call on July 13 about a reckless driver on Interstate 40.

    Sheriff’s deputies were able to catch up to the vehicle, and it pulled over.

  • Contractor’s friend pleads guilty to stealing tools

    Timothy Claude Owings of Kingston pleaded guilty last week to stealing tools from excavating contractor Brian Mullins.

    “It’s a bad situation when you have someone that’s been a friend to you and they’re stealing from you,” Mullins said.

    Mullins said he grew up with Owings. He also said Owings, 45, used to work for him.

    “There’s not a whole lot you can say,” Mullins said. “It’s just bad when

  • Gallaher pleads guilty in Harvey case

    Eric Glenn Gallaher pleaded guilty Friday morning to voluntary manslaughter in the death of David Lee Harvey.

    Harvey died after being punched by Gallaher outside the Grill & Pub bar on July 23, 2011.

    Gallaher received a three-year sentence on the voluntary manslaughter charge and a six-year sentence in an unrelated drug case. The terms will run consecutive for a total sentence of nine years.

  • Powers’ no-show at court leads to more trouble

    Christopher Lee Powers, the man who was shot by a sheriff’s deputy on Feb. 9, is back in jail.

    A warrant was issued for his arrest on Monday after he failed to show up in Roane County Criminal Court.

    Powers, 34, was picked up on Tuesday and is being held without bond. His next court date is Aug. 14.

    The Roane County grand jury indicted Powers last month on charges stemming from the Feb. 9 incident.

  • Tax assessments ready

    You’ll soon know what the county thinks your property is worth. Assessment change notices are expected to hit the mail any time.

    The Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury’s Division of Property Assessments has reached a point in Roane County’s reappraisal process where it is comfortable allowing their release.

    “The Division of Property Assessments is confident that property values for tax year 2015 now meet acceptable standards,” the comptroller’s office said in a news release Thursday.