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    Tennessee Supreme Court Justices Holly Kirby, Cornelia A. Clark, Jeffrey S. Bivins, Sharon G. Lee and Roger A. Page had plenty of questions for Tom McFarland during his appearance before them on Thursday.

    McFarland was at the Supreme Court building in Knoxville to argue why his lawsuit over the 2014 race for 9th Judicial District Circuit Court Judge should go forward.

    Mike Pemberton defeated McFarland in that election.

  • Pizza for those who protect

    From staff reports

    A youth named Sean Douglas is being lauded for an act of kindness

    he showed toward law enforcement officers over the Labor Day weekend.

    According to a post on the Roane County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, Sean Douglas saved his allowance and bought pizza, bread sticks, soda, cookies, plates and napkins for deputies.

  • Ambulance service may go on to third billing contractor

    Roane County is on the verge of hiring its third contractor in less than six years to handle billing for the ambulance service.

    Previously, the county handled ambulance billing in-house, but eliminated that department on Jan. 14, 2011.

    A month later, it hired NRG to handle the billing.

    The county wasn’t happy with those services, so it dumped NRG and hired Intermedix.

    The county is now unhappy with Intermedix and wants to contract with Ambulance Medical Billing.

  • Budget has ‘a good fund balance for Harriman’

    Harriman Mayor Wayne Best said the city’s final 2017 fiscal year budget contains no big projects.

    The budget, which includes rounding up the property tax from $1.2197 per $100 valuation to $1.22 per $100 valuation, includes a growing fund balance, which had dropped in recent years.

    The city’s beginning unappropriated fund balance is approximately $868,000.

    It’s a matter of pride for Best, who was a sitting Harriman City Councilman when the budget was passed.

  • Rockwood man’s motion denied in child porn case

    A U.S. Magistrate is denying a motion to suppress evidence in a federal case involving a Rockwood man facing child pornography charges.

    Thomas Allan Scarbrough was arrested in 2015 as part of a nationwide FBI sting involving a child pornography website called Playpen.

    He is arguing evidence from the case should be suppressed because his rights were violated by an illegal search warrant.

  • Youth charged with murder

    The Harriman juvenile accused of shooting his sister’s boyfriend in the head has been charged with delinquent second-degree murder.

    According to the petition signed by Harriman Detective Dan Schneider, Jacob A. Kinney, 15, shot MarStratton Gordon in the head with a .357 round on Sunday, Aug. 28.

    The petition said Gordon was involved in an assault with his girlfriend Amber Kinney when her brother, Jacob Kinney entered the hallway between the siblings’ rooms with a Rossi .357 revolver.

  • Ky. woman shoots at home near Harriman

    A Kentucky woman has been accused of shooting at a home near Harriman.

    Nicole Allyce Black, 28, of Goshen, Ky., is charged with aggravated assault in the Sept. 1 incident.

    According to the warrant, the resident of 145 Martin Circle, Marc Anderson, followed Black after the alleged shooting.

    “He stated that he was about to leave his residence when he observed a black in color Chevrolet Avalanche,” the warrant said, “and he observed Ms. Black shoot approximately five times towards his house at 145 Martin Circle.”

  • Crass, Kerley to stay in on interim basis

    Both sitting office holders remain in the chief finance officer and judge positions in Harriman at this time.

    Harriman City Council recently approved appointing Charles Kerley as chief financial officer and Charles Crass as city judge at a special-called meeting late last month.

    The interim appointments extend no more than 60 days from their current terms.


    Residents of Harriman and surrounding areas filled the streets in good numbers under sunny skies Monday to celebrate Labor Day and the city’s 125th anniversary.

    Classic cars, food and craft vendors lined the sidewalks and the sounds of music from several bands floated on a warm breeze throughout the day.

    State Sen. Ken Yager was on hand talking with residents, visiting the vendors and listening to the sound of the Will Yager Band, which featured his son on bass.

    Yager eyed the classic cars with a look of nostalgia.