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  • State’s highest court still to rule on judgeship status

    Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton has five years left on an eight-year term that started on Sept. 1, 2014.

    Whether he gets to finish it is still a question mark because the Tennessee Supreme Court has yet to rule on an appeal filed by Tom McFarland, Pemberton’s opponent in the 2014 election.

    At issue is Pemberton’s residency. The law requires candidates to be “a resident of the state for five years and of the circuit or district one year.”

  • COPPING A COOL TREAT
  • Margrave bridge set to open before Christmas

    Drivers will continue to wait until December before being able to cross over Margrave bridge.

    The bridge on Margrave Street remains closed as work continues to rebuild it.

    “Currently the projected opening date is Dec. 13. There has been a good bit of activity this week,” said Harriman city manager Kevin Helms.

    Workers discovered a problem in the project that has pushed the completion date past the original October deadline.

  • Harriman house fire contained

    Harriman Fire Department contained a house fire to a second story bedroom Saturday afternoon.

    “The guys done a great job on the house fire. It was contained to one bedroom. It was under control quick,” said Chief Brad Daniels.

    The fire department was dispatched to the home at 212 ½ Morgan Ave. on a call about an air conditioning unit on fire.

    Upon arrival they saw nothing visible but met a resident who said there was smoke upstairs.

  • Texan moves on, leaves 15 cats behind

    A Texas woman is wanted by Rockwood authorities on a cruelty to animals charge.

    According to the report, Rockwood Animal Control Officer Mark Neeley and Rockwood Police Sgt. Jason Halliburton were dispatched to 511 S. Kingston Ave. on Aug. 15 to investigate a report of neglected animals.

    “The complaint was that 15 cats had been abandoned and left inside a house with no electric or water for several days,” the report said. “Temperatures were very high and there were no open windows.”

  • Kingston leaders revisit rules on electronic signs

    Kingston is considering amending its sign ordinance to include guidelines regulating electronic signs.

    City Council unanimously passed on first reading Tuesday an amendment to existing ordinances covering signs, billboards and other advertising structures.

    The current ordinance doesn’t regulate these types of signs, but doesn’t expressly forbid them, either, City Manager David Bolling said.

  • Motorcycle crash victim under hospice care

    From staff reports

    The family of a man who was injured in a motorcycle accident last week said he is now returning home under hospice care.

    Natasha Muir-Jackson said her brother, Paul Brandon Peck, was able to go home because the brain swelling had diminished some. Time will tell if permanent damage was done.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol report said Peck, 30, of Harriman was injured on River Road around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6.

  • Vehicular homicide convict again arrested for intoxication

    The man convicted of killing a volunteer firefighter in a 2007 car crash was arrested again last week.

    Bryan Keefe Howard is charged with public intoxication in a Sept. 5 incident.

    According to the warrant, Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy James Riter responded to Midtown Auto Sales to investigate a report of a man passed out in a vehicle.

  • Berry back at helm of Commission

    Ron Berry will serve another year as chairman of the Roane County Commission.

    He was re-elected by a 9-6 vote over James Brummett during Monday’s meeting at the courthouse.

    Commissioners David Bell, Peggy Collier, Benny East, Todd Fink, Junior Hendrickson, Chris Johnson, Darryl Meadows and Stanley Moore voted for Berry, who also voted for himself.

    Commissioners Randy Ellis, Greg Ferguson, Carolyn Granger, Mike Hooks and Steve Kelley voted for Brummett, who also voted for himself.

    Berry addressed his colleagues after the vote.

  • ROCK SOLID

    Roane County residents are diving into a nationwide trend, painting and hiding colorful rocks around the community to spread a little sunshine in someone’s day.

    One of those groups is #RockinRoaneCo. Many of the residents at Renaissance Terrace paint rocks found around Roane County for this group.

    “We took them to Roane State the first time, then down to Rockwood,” said Nancy Isabell while painting another masterpiece.

    “They find them and take pictures of them.”