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  • Miller vs. Evans for mayor in Rockwood

    From staff reports

    One of Rockwood’s most outspoken City Council members and a former mayor will be facing off in November for the city’s top elected position.

    Mike “Brillo” Miller filed papers Tuesday to reclaim the seat he vacated in 2009 due to Rockwood term limits.

    He will be challenged by Peggy Evans, a first-term City Council member who, until recently, sat as the city’s vice mayor.

  • Community honors ‘good man’ judge upon his retirement

    Circuit Court Judge Russell E. Simmons Jr. is retiring at the end of the month.

    On Tuesday, colleagues, attorneys, friends and family paid homage to his 24 years on the bench during a reception at the Old Roane County Courthouse.

    “He has a lot of friends in this community and in the 9th Judicial District,” said Darla Watson, Simmons’ administrative assistant. “It’s phenomenal the friendship that’s being shown and turned out for him for his retirement.”

  • Wider Ruritan closer to reality by the shovelful

    Dark gray clouds and booms of thunder loomed overhead while state, Harriman and Roane County officials celebrated the pending widening project of Ruritan Road/Hwy. 29A with a ceremonial groundbreaking.

    Contractors The Rogers Group and state officials will have a pre-construction meeting early next month to stamp out details on the $9.6 million project, which finishes the project that started with widening Pine Ridge Road, once a winding country road that now merges onto Ruritan Road.

  • Judge’s race again headed to courtroom

    Tom McFarland filed a complaint in Roane County Chancery Court on Wednesday contesting the Aug. 7 election.

    McFarland ran for circuit court judge of the 9th Judicial District and was defeated by Mike Pemberton.

    Pemberton, the Roane County Election Commission and Tennessee Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins are named as defendants in the complaint.

    McFarland is asking that the election be voided. Pemberton said he hadn’t seen the complaint, but wasn’t surprised one was filed.

  • Investigation: Officers justified in shooting; identities released

    Investigators concluded Wednesday that law-enforcement officials were justified in the shooting death of burglary suspect Miranda Guy.

    Guy was shot Tuesday afternoon at a 314 Fairchild St. home in Harriman after a pursuit in her white pickup and running inside the home.

    Police have said she pointed a gun at officers going into the home to detain her.

  • Piñata Pride: Ferrante crafts colorful party centerpieces

    Festive colors and fun-filled parties aren’t complete without a centerpiece.

    For Lania Ferrante, a piñata was the focal point of a party in her native Costa Rica.

    She’s trying to encourage Roane Countians to also enjoy the party item.

    “That is the main attraction at any party, adults and little kids,” said Ferrante.

    In her Kingston home, Ferrante makes elaborate piñatas for parties in the area.

    It’s catching on, but she said using piñatas is really still a novelty here.

  • Smoot murder trial delayed until next year

    Another trial date was set for Shawn Smoot at last week’s Criminal Court docket sounding.

    Smoot, 42, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Brooke Nicole Morris.

    Her body was found at the intersection of Blair Road and Old Blair Road on Oct. 15, 2011. Police said she had been shot.

    The case is scheduled for trial on March 24-26, 2015.

    Smoot is on his fourth court-appointed attorney.

  • Tornado gets Roane federal disaster funds

    Roane County officials hope to use federal disaster aid to cover some of the costs of getting rid of all the trees that were downed when an EF 0-rated tornado hit the area in June.

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced a disaster declaration for Tennessee last week.

    “We’ll end up getting some money from it,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “We don’t know how much it will be yet.”

  • Tip leads to drug arrests at hotel

    An anonymous call led to a drug bust at the Rodeway Inn in Harriman Friday night.

    Tony Frogg, 543 Baumgartner Road, Harriman, is facing charges in the incident.

    According to the warrant, Harriman police were dispatched to the hotel around 10 p.m. about a possible meth lab.

    “The caller was anonymous and could not give a room number,” the warrant sad.

    “The caller advised that a Tony Frogg was in the room and had warrants. Central (dispatch) did confirm three warrants in hand for Tony Frogg.”

  • Yager bill eliminates balloon debt

    The next time Roane County has a major construction project to undertake, it won’t be able to delay making principal payments like it did on the new jail.

    The county now has a policy in place to prevent such delays. But even if it didn’t, state law might not allow it.

    The Anti-Kicking the Can Act that went into effect on July 1 requires local governments to get approval from the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office before issuing balloon indebtedness.

    The bill was sponsored by state Sen. Ken Yager, a Roane County resident.