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  • Election 2014: Roane snags judgeship for Pemberton

    Despite losing three of the four counties, Mike Pemberton was still able to defeat Tom McFarland in the race for 9th Judicial District circuit court judge.

    Roane, the biggest county in the district, went for Pemberton by 1,118 votes — enough to carry him to victory.

    “We did it,” Pemberton told his supporters gathered at Jake’s Tavern and Grill Thursday night.

    “We did it the right way and, at least in this four-county race, you can do it the right way and you can be successful.”

  • Election 2014: Recount swings clerk's race

    Two fortunes were changed by Friday’s unexpected election recount.

    Ann Goldston went from apparent loser in the race for Roane County circuit court clerk to winner.

    It was vice versa for Sarah Stewart, who appeared to win the race by 197 votes when unofficial returns were totaled Thursday night.

    However, an anomaly uncovered by Roane County Commissioner Randy Ellis caused election officials to investigate if votes were missing.

    They discovered a mobile ballot card was left in a machine and wasn’t counted due to human error.

  • Goldston wins clerk's race in recount; Pemberton still tops McFarland
  • Vote recount underway; could affect judge, clerk, commission races

    Approximately 1,300 votes from the Harriman early voting site were not included in Thursday night's unofficial election returns.

    That has the potential to impact the outcome of multiple races, including 9th Judicial District circuit court judge, Roane County circuit court clerk, Roane County Commission Districts 2 and 6 and Harriman City Council.

  • More ash-spill money to be released

    TVA has a plan for the $1 million the Roane County Economic Development Foundation has long earmarked for public-image repair from the 2008 ash spill.

    The agency is proposing the funds be divided between Kingston, Harriman, Roane County and Rockwood.

    Under the proposal, Kingston and Harriman would each receive $375,000.

    The county would receive $150,000 and Rockwood would receive $100,000.

  • Gallaher murder trial moved again

    Three years have past since the death of David Harvey and Eric Gallaher has still not faced a jury. His trial that was scheduled for Tuesday in Roane County Criminal Court was postponed.

    The case has been postponed multiple times before.

    Gallaher’s attorney, Donice Butler, was recently suspended by order of the Tennessee Supreme Court.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said that’s the reason for the latest postponement.

    A new trial date will be set at the Aug. 15 docket sounding.

  • Walnut Hill Baptist has back to school bash
  • Kingston grant good news for park

    There was no hiding one Kingston official’s excitement about a half-million-dollar makeover at the city’s only non-waterfront park.

    “It’s a win-win-win-win-win,” said Rick Ross, the city’s park and recreation director, over the news about Porter Park this week.

    Owned by the county until it was turned over to Kingston in February, it had been one of the city’s most neglected public spaces.

  • Taking a bite out of crime?
  • UNOPPOSED

    One-third of the new Roane County Commission was already set before Thursday’s election. Five of the people running for the commission’s 15 seats didn’t face challengers.

    The unopposed group included District 3 newcomer Todd Fink, District 4 incumbents James Brummett and Steve Kelley, and District 7 incumbents Carolyn Granger and Stanley Moore.