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  • Cumberland judge gets DUI case

    The DUI hearing for Kingston City Councilman Kevin McClure is now set to be before Cumberland County General Sessions Judge Larry Warner on March 18.
    Warner was appointed by the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts after Judges Dennis Humphreys and Jeff Wicks recused themselves.
    McClure was arrested on May 22, 2012, after police found him unresponsive behind the wheel of his still-running vehicle in the middle of Ladd Wright Road.

  • Harriman native tells of faith, success at NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet

    Goals, aspiration and hard work led Damon Talley to where he is today.
    A Harriman native and retail pharmacist with Walmart, Talley spoke at the annual Freedom Fund Banquet of the Roane County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on Jan. 19 at Jamieson Community Development Center in Harriman.

  • Local cancer walk honored; Next year’s event is April 19

    Roane County’s Relay for Life 2012 was recently named an All-American Event by the American Cancer Society.

    “I’m very proud. They had their best year ever,” said Kayla Shelby, community representative.

    Fran Puckett, last year’s chairwoman, also was touched by the recognition.

    “It means a lot for our team. They worked hard. To be as small as we were to do that well — it was great,” Puckett said.

  • City & County Meetings

    MONDAY, JAN. 28
    • Harriman City Court will convene at 5 p.m. in Harriman Municipal Office Complex.
    • Rockwood City Council will meet in regular monthly session at 6 p.m. in Rockwood City Hall.

    TUESDAY, JAN. 29
    • Roane County Commission’s industrial liaison committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. in The Roane Alliance office at 1209 N. Kentucky St., Kingston TN.
    • Rockwood Water, Wastewater and Natural Gas Board will meet in regular monthly session at 6 p.m. in Rockwood City Hall.

  • Lawyer goes after Houston land

    The signs brothers Rocky and Leon Houston have been accused of erecting South of the River could be coming down.
    Cleveland attorney James F. Logan Jr. has filed a petition in Roane County Probate Court to be appointed administrator of the estate of the brothers’ late father, Clifford Clyde Houston.

  • Airport key to progress, officials say

    The Rockwood Municipal Airport promise is why Vice Mayor Peggy Evans says she pushed so hard for Tennessee Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division monies to help develop T-hangars — storage space for aircraft that land at the airport.
    “I think it is vital for this whole area,” Evans said.
    She and others helped raise matching funds to go with the Federal Aviation Administration funds to build the T-hangars and fueling upgrades, which will be completed this spring.

  • YMCA promising, Kingston mayor says

    Roane County has trawled for its own YMCA in years past, but Kingston Mayor Troy Beets believes the next couple of years could see the county finally land the big one.
    After a number of failed attempts at bringing a “Y” to Roane over the years, the city of Kingston made a serious go of it in 2012 when it submitted a grant request to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency to build a “safe room” on a parcel of land donated by developer Matt Caldwell in the Ladd Landing commercial park.

  • New DOE security contract announced

    The U.S. Department of Energy announced last week that a $181,672,893 protective force services contract has been awarded to National Strategic Protective Services LLC.
    The contract period of performance is five years, which includes a three-year base and a two-year option period. A 60-day transition period was scheduled to start on Tuesday.

  • Dreams catapult Harkness from Harriman to big leagues at ESPN

    Dream big.

    Lewis Harkness said that's his message to young people growing up in Harriman.

    “Just because you’re from a real small town in Tennessee doesn't mean you can't end up somewhere big,” he said.

    Harkness knows from experience. The Harriman native is a studio director for ESPN in Bristol, Conn.

    “Everybody doesn't get a chance to work for ESPN,” said his father, Lee Harkness. “We're real proud of him.”

  • Lonely man goes after his grandma

    A Roane County man told police he tried to assault his grandmother because he can’t find a girlfriend.

    Mark Anthony Ferguson, 28, was charged with domestic assault on Jan. 14. His grandmother, Jeanette Ferguson, reportedly told police he was trying to get in her bedroom.

    “Ms. Ferguson states that she keeps her door barricaded with objects so Mark can’t get in,” a Roane County Sheriff’s Office report said.