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  • McFarland loans campaign $75k

    How bad does Tom McFarland want to be circuit court judge?

    Enough to loan his campaign $75,000. According to his second-quarter campaign financial disclosure report, he did just that on June 18.

    McFarland’s contributions from individuals during the period totaled $2,000.

    John Valliant Jr., a Knoxville attorney, donated $1,000 of that.

    McFarland faces Mike Pemberton in the race for circuit court judge of the 9th Judicial District. Russell E. Simmons Jr., the current judge, is retiring on Aug. 31.

  • Man who lost family in wreck shot

    A Roane County man is in stable condition after being shot Monday morning.

    The victim was Joshua Brown, according to authorities.

    Bobby Lee Murray Jr., 53, of Old Elverton Road, in Harriman, is accused of shooting Brown with a shotgun.

    “We are trying to determine what happened. We have conflicting stories,” said Sheriff Jack Stockton.

    Stockton said Brown had injuries to the back and right side, but they weren’t life-threatening.

  • Diabetes doesn’t stop 10-year-old

    Lauren Thompson is like most girls her age — a social butterfly.

    The 10-year-old, however, works more diligently than most her age to maintain her health.

    She has to.

    She has Type 1 diabetes.

    Lauren’s mother, Patricia Pair, knew something was wrong with her daughter when she was 3 years old. But she never imagined she’d hear a diabetes diagnosis from doctors.

    “It was such a shock, because what you thought was a healthy 3-year-old now had a pancreas about to quit,” said Pair.

  • Mom: 9-year-old OK to drive

    An Oliver Springs woman was charged with reckless endangerment after allowing her 9-year-old son drive the family’s Lincoln Town Car on area roads.

    Rebecca Laree Cochran, 32, 159 Old Hen Valley Road, was taken into custody after admitting to allowing her son drive.

    Police said a complainant who notified 911 said the vehicle was traveling on Old Hen Valley Road and had turned up toward 157 Old Hen Valley Road.

  • Back-to-school on a budget

    If you are a parent, chances are you are planning the dreaded shopping excursions for clothes and school supplies.

    If you’re a first-timer or simply need a back-to-school refresher course, here are a few suggestions that can help you save time, money and sanity:

  • GUEST OPINION: Disgusting, yes, but ‘cannibal’s’ thoughts are free

    By CLAY CALVERT

    First Amendment Center

    Cyberspace, perhaps due to the false sense of anonymity it provides, is awash in verbal vomit, offensive diatribes and morbid musings.

    But that doesn’t necessarily mean that the sordid speech in question always falls outside the confines of the First Amendment safeguard of free expression. That was made abundantly clear recently.

  • Judge candidates to speak during Thursday forum

    The Roane County Republican Women will host a forum on July 24 for candidates running for circuit court judge of the 9th Judicial District and Roane County Commission Districts 1, 2 and 3.

    The forum will begin at 7 p.m. in the Michael Dunn Center at 629 Gallaher Road, Kingston.

    The moderator will introduce candidates involved in the forum and explain the ground rules.

    Each candidate will have two minutes for opening remarks.

    Audience members will be given index cards on which to write questions for the candidates.

  • Balloting begins in big Roane election

    Friday was the first day of early voting for the 2014 Roane County General Election, and turnout was reportedly good throughout the county.

    Voters are choosing from a big ballot that includes most county offices, the 9th Judicial District and primaries for U.S. and state House and U.S. Senate.

    Early voting sites in Roane County are community centers in Harriman, Kingston and Rockwood, and Oak Ridge First Christian Church.

    Voting hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday through Aug. 2.

  • OS mayor irked he was unaware of TDEC fine

    Oliver Springs Mayor Chris Hepler doesn’t like the state’s protocol for enforcement notifications.

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation recently fined his town $175,200.

    “I was fully aware that an order was coming, but completely unaware that it had been released,” Hepler said.

    He didn’t find out until he was contacted by the Roane County News on the evening of July 7.

  • Wamp defends claims from in absentia Fleischmann

    Weston Wamp was asked what is his line-in-the-sand issue on immigration reform during his appearance at Thursday’s Roane County Tea Party meeting.

    The question was rather timely; his opponent in the Republican Primary, Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, is now running a TV ad accusing Wamp of supporting “amnesty for illegal immigrants.”