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  • ELECTION 2016: County hopefuls pick up petitions starting today

    Candidates for the Aug. 4 election can start picking up petitions today – Friday.

    A number of offices are up for grab this year, including property assessor, road superintendent, general sessions court judge Part 1 and 9th Judicial District criminal court judge.

    Candidates for those jobs are already emerging.

    Molly Leggins-Hartup, an accounting clerk in the Roane County Executive’s Office, filed paperwork last year to start raising money for the property assessor’s race.

  • ORDER UP! Archie’s brings past tastes to The Bridge of today

    Archie’s Café is back in business.

    The 5-year-old fast-food hangout in The Bridge at Rockwood closed over the holidays to renovate its look and expand its fare.

    Now, it has a ’50s vibe, along with a soda machine, hot dog spit and a milkshake machine to help its residents – and their families – enjoy more of a homey environment, explained Kathy Parks, admissions/marketing director.

    “The residents and their families love it,” she said.

  • Houston appealing conviction

    Leon Houston is appealing his federal conviction.

    His defense attorney, Mike Whalen of Knoxville, filed the notice this week.
    Houston, 57, was found guilty on Nov. 18 of threatening to kill his former attorney via interstate commerce.

    U.S. District Judge Pamela Reeves sentenced him to time served at his federal sentencing hearing on Dec. 21.

    He got out of jail the same day, but must spend the next two years on supervised released. He’s also not legally able to possess firearms because of his conviction.

  • Harriman sorts through paving needs

    Harriman will soon be advertising bidding on the $1.5 million in paving they hope to accomplish this year.

    The city budgeted financing the paving this fiscal year.

    “It’s been six years, I believe, since we’ve had any (paving) to speak of,” said Councilman Lonnie Wright.

    “I’m hopeful we’ll be able to follow along and continue to” pave each year until we get the streets done, said Wright.

  • County hopefuls pick up petitions starting today

    Candidates for the Aug. 4 election can start picking up petitions today – Friday.

    A number of offices are up for grab this year, including property assessor, road superintendent, general sessions court judge Part 1 and 9th Judicial District criminal court judge.

    Candidates for those jobs are already emerging.

    Molly Leggins-Hartup, an accounting clerk in the Roane County Executive’s Office, filed paperwork last year to start raising money for the property assessor’s race.

  • ARRESTS Dec. 29-31, 2015

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

    Dec. 29 – Heather Michelle Melton, 39, 444 Shady Lane, Kingston: failure to appear.

    • Howard Scotty Goad, 35, 157 Taylor Creek Road, Wartburg, violation of probation/parole.

    • Randy Lee Greene, 50, 123 Gobblers Knob Road, Harriman: driving on revoked/suspended license.

    • Alex M. Whalen, 27, 112 Zeni Lane, Harriman: violation of probation/parole.

  • Stevens new General Sessions judge

    The Roane County Commission appointed Terry Stevens to the general sessions court judge Part 1 vacancy during a special-called meeting Monday night.

    Stevens replaces Jeff Wicks, who resigned after Gov. Bill Haslam appointed him criminal court judge of the 9th Judicial District.

    “Each and every day that I come to work, I’ll bring the values of honesty, hard work and integrity,” Stevens said before a standing-room-only crowd.

  • Lights Down And Out

    GOOSE LINDSAY/Roane Newspapers
    Rockwood Electric Utility workers tend to one of their first jobs of the New Year — removing Rockwood’s lighted angels and trains that adorn the streets during the holiday season.

  • Officer involved in shooting OK’d to return to work

    Rockwood Police Officer Brandon Smith has been cleared to return to work.

    Police Chief Danny Wright said Smith was scheduled to work the Kingston-at-Rockwood basketball game Tuesday night and return to patrol today – Wednesday.

    “He’ll be back on a shift in the morning,” Wright said Tuesday.

    Smith was placed on administrative leave with pay after he shot a man on Christmas Eve following a pursuit.

  • Comments sought on upcoming papermill cleanup

    A public-comment period for the cleanup of a former papermill in Harriman is underway through Jan. 27.

    A public meeting is part of the comment period. That meeting will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 14, in Harriman Municipal Office Complex at 609 N. Roane St.

    “Several people have already expressed interest in reviewing the EPA reports/proposal options, but did not really express any opinion for or against the project,” said Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms.

    Crews hope to be on the site in March or April to begin the final cleanups, Helms said.