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  • Attorney suspended after guilty plea on sex charges

    Roane County lawyer Kent Booher had his law license suspended by the Tennessee Supreme Court on Oct. 7. Last month Booher pleaded guilty to two counts of statutory rape in Loudon County Criminal Court.

    That was the reason his law license was suspended.

  • Rockwood man charged in bat-swinging foul play

    A Rockwood man is accused of attacking three people with a baseball bat.

    Johnathan W. Beard, 21, 109 Derrick St., was charged last week with three counts of aggravated assault that occurred on Oct. 4.

    Officer Blake Norman was called to Roane Medical Center for an assault that had taken place at 529 1/2 N. Chamberlain Ave., Rockwood. Once there he spoke to Wesley Williams, one of the victims, who told officers that he had heard a knock on his door and found Beard standing on his porch.

  • Harriman takes tough stance on delinquent taxes

    Some Harriman residents might not like a new city approach to property tax.

    City officials are looking at tackling delinquent property tax offenders, and the measure they are considering is holding their own auction of property belonging to the most delinquent offenders. Harriman City Council will be discussing moving forward on a land sale at a special called meeting Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m.

    “It is just way overdue in my opinion. I hope we can collect quickly or otherwise take the property over,” said Councilman Chris Ahler.

  • Stop, drop and roll into fire safety

    Harriman Fire Department came out to Bowers Elementary school to information students about fire safety this month.

    Sparky the fire dog made an appearance along with a first-hand look at the fire trucks.

    Kindergartners Ethan Mullins, left, and Nicholas Robinson test out Harriman Fire Department's trucks during the visit.

  • Courts likely to hear same-sex couple’s appeal

    As long as everything is in order procedurally, Tennessee Appellate Court Chief Deputy Clerk Joanne Newsome said she expects the Court of Appeals to hear the Roane County same-sex divorce case.

    Frederick Michael Borman filed for divorce from Larry Kevin Pyles-Borman in Roane County Circuit Court in March. The Roane County men were married in Iowa in 2010.

    Tennessee doesn’t recognize same sex marriage, and former circuit court judge Russell E. Simmons Jr. denied Borman’s request for a divorce.

  • Alexander calls for restrictions on travel because of Ebola outbreak

    While not calling for an all out ban, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said travel should at least be restricted from the Ebola infected countries in Africa.

    “Given the spread of Ebola in Dallas, the most sensible way to prevent the spread of Ebola in the United States is to restrict travel to the U.S. from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone in West Africa to essential personnel,” Alexander said in a statement last week.

    Some have called for the all out ban to the African countries, but President Barack Obama seemed reluctant to do that last week.

  • Ebola forum set to inform the public

    All Knoxville area hospital systems and facilities have joined with the Knox County Health Department to sponsor an unprecedented community forum to educate the public about Ebola and address any questions and concerns about the disease.

  • Mayor candidates won’t ditch airport

    Rockwood Municipal Airport is a cause Peggy Evans has championed in her five years as a city official ― and she continues to carry the banner in her mayoral campaign.

    “I support that airport 100 percent ― and I have for years,” Evans confirmed last Tuesday during Rockwood 2000’s forum. “That is one of the best drawing points Rockwood has, and we have to utilize it.”

    While her opponent, Mike “Brillo” Miller, doesn’t necessarily share her passion, he said the city can’t simply walk away and cut its losses.

  • Court costs fall to McFarland in Pemberton lawsuit loss

    Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood has divulged his reason for dismissing Tom McFarland’s election lawsuit.

    Word came down of his intention to toss the lawsuit shortly after a hearing on Sept. 30, but the order with those details wasn’t filed until last week.

    McFarland sued Mike Pemberton, the Roane County Election Commission and Tennessee Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins in Roane County Chancery Court on Aug. 20.

  • Ms. Lillie still serving after 50 years

    She’s a beloved part of Kingston Food City’s staff.

    Ninety-year-old Lillie Herrell still bags groceries at the large regional grocery chain, and she’s been part of the business for decades.

    “It was the White Store when I started,” said Lillie Herrell.

    Herrell said she started working for the grocery chain back in 1963.

    She said the White Store used to be located where the Roane County Jail is today. The grocery chain later became Food City and eventually moved to Ladd Landing where it now sits.