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Local News

  • Harriman interviews for city manager post
  • Chamber welcomes clogging academy
  • Open Meetings Violation Spotlight

    For democracy to work, it requires an engaged, well-informed public. And that is why open govenment, or sunshine laws, are in place so citizens can see and participate in the workings of their government.

    Tennessee Coalition for Open Government and its director, Deborah Fisher, work to educate the public — and sometimes government entities — on these laws. It also spotlights abuses and works with the public to help correct them.

  • Lawyer pleads guilty to sex crime

    Harriman attorney Kent Booher pleaded guilty to reduced charges in his Loudon County Criminal Case on Tuesday.

    Booher, 59, was charged with one count of especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor, one count of solicitation of a minor and three counts of aggravated statutory rape.

    He reached a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to two counts of statutory rape.

    The other charges were dismissed.

    All prison time was suspended and Booher will be on supervised probation for three years.

    His victim was 14 years old.

  • Judge dispute could be costly

    Taxpayers in the 9th Judicial District could be on the hook for thousands of dollars if a special election is ordered for circuit court judge.

    The position is currently held by Mike Pemberton, who defeated Tom McFarland in the Aug. 7 election.

    McFarland is now suing Pemberton, the Roane County Election Commission and Tennessee Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins in Roane County Chancery Court.

    McFarland wants the election voided and a new one held.

  • ‘Substance’ sought in school budget

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said he wasn’t surprised the County Commission turned down the Board of Education’s request for a 9-cent increase in the property tax rate.

    “I still think it was because the commission did not have the substance that they needed to sink their teeth into something that they could really support,” Woody said. “I think that was the biggest problem right there. The commission does not have good data from the schools.”

    School officials provide commissioners a copy of their proposed budget each year.

  • Elvis is back in the building — for a good cause
  • Suspicious death was heart attack

    A man found dead in his Rockwood apartment died of natural causes.

    “The death has been ruled through the medical examiner as natural,” said Police Chief Danny Wright.

    Rockwood police first treated the death of Stephen Miller, 48, as suspicious.

    “We got a call on a welfare check late Sunday night about 10:30 or 10:45 at the apartment behind Hardee’s,” Wright said.

    “At that point in time, the death was suspicious in nature. I made the decision to have TBI come in and process the scene,” Wright added.

  • Cheerleaders rally at Harriman Care and Rehab
  • When mental illness, crime collide

    Criminal offenders often are mentally ill, and a program offered in Oak Ridge is geared at helping police to understand and difuse situations dealing with those people.

    A crisis intervention team teaches law enforcement on how to interact, understand and serve mentally ill residents they come in contact with.

    “It is a real vessel to get folks where they need to be when it comes to interfacing with officers,” said Brian Buuck, co-chairman of the CIT Taskforce.

    Buuck said it helps keep officers and the public safe.