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  • Election results official

    The Roane County Election Commission certified the results from the Aug. 2 election on Monday.

    The vote total changed from election night because of a few provisional ballots being counted, but the additional votes didn’t alter the outcome of any races.

    For example, Harriman City Council candidate Wayne Best picked up a vote, but his 350 still wasn’t enough to overtake winner Chris Ahler, who finished with 357 votes.

  • ‘Elvis’ putting on show at Princess Theatre

    The King’s greatest hits will be showcased at Harriman’s own crown jewel, the Princess Theatre on Saturday, Aug. 18.

    Elvis Presley enthusiast and musical talent Greg Johnson will don his best jumpsuit and sing some of Elvis’ greatest hits in a show that also includes performances from fellow entertainer Patty Waszak.

    Proceeds from this show will go toward Harriman City Schools Alumni Association’s scholarship fund.

  • Sheriff's office investigating homicide

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of an elderly man as a homicide.
    Chief Deputy Tim Phillips identified the victim as Russell C. Blevins of 138 Hart Orchard Road.
    “We believe he died as the result of a gunshot wound,” he said.
    Blevins, 85, was found in his home Sunday evening. Phillips said he was notified around 8:15 p.m. 
    “I believe a family member hadn’t heard from him, went to check on him, found him and then notified the 911 center,” he said. 

  • Rockwood OKs budget with tax hike; garbage rate also up $1

    After numerous meetings filled with contention over the 2013 budget, Rockwood officials finally settled on final reading of the budget last week.

    Taxpayers will now be paying property tax rates of 90 cents per $100 valuation, 15 cents higher than the previous rate of 75 cents per $100 valuation.

    Garbage customers will also pay $1 more per pickup, at $8, which is still several dollars lower than in surrounding communities.

  • Roofer charged with passing bad check and theft

    A local roofer is in trouble with the law for allegedly passing a bad check and not returning a chainsaw.

    Kingston police took out warrants on Joshua Lee Miles for the bad check and theft. Miles, 39, was arrested on Aug. 1.

    According to a warrant, Miles ordered roofing materials from Norandex Building Materials in June.

    “Mr. Miles paid with a check drawn on the account of Miles Roofing and Home Repair in the amount of $4,397.82,” the warrant said. “The check was returned unpaid due to insufficient funds.”

  • Kingston Police Explorers honored

    Former Boy Scout Robert Johnson found more than new friends when he moved five years ago from Maine to Kingston.

    He also discovered a potential future career path in law enforcement.

    Johnson is captain of Kingston Explorer Post 376, a group of ambitious and hard-working teenagers who recently earned a prestigious Gold Level United States Presidential Volunteer Service Award.

    The award presentation was made during Tuesday’s National Night Out event by Kingston Mayor Troy Beets and state Sen. Ken Yager.

  • Records show Morgan had his own issues with speeding

    During this year’s campaign for Roane County property assessor, David Morgan made an issue about a speeding ticket incumbent Teresa Kirkham received in 2009.  

    Morgan, who would go on to defeat Kirkham in the Aug. 2 election, has had his own speeding issues in the past.

    According to Roane County General Sessions Court records, Morgan has been charged with speeding 10 times, with the most recent ticket coming in 2007.

    In some of the cases the charge got dismissed, records show. In others, the ticket was paid.

  • History of 'amazing secret' preserved

    Perhaps no one more than Bill Wilcox appreciates Oak Ridge’s legacy in the Manhattan Project.

    After all, the first job out of college for the Pennsylvania native was to work as a scientist on the A-bomb that helped bring an end to World War II.

  • No decision on Smoot bond

    Assistant Public Defender Walter Johnson’s argument for a bond to be set for accused killer Shawn Smoot was pretty simple.

    “In Tennessee you have a right to have a bond set,” he said.

    How much and what conditions will Smoot have to abide by if he gets out had yet to be determined at the conclusion of a bond hearing on Friday.

  • Rabies scare rattles Roane resident

    Carol Golliher is accustomed to seeing wild animals in her rural Roane County neighborhood.
    But when a suspicious-looking skunk waddled into her front yard last Thursday morning, she was concerned it might be carrying the deadly rabies virus.
    “It would walk a little ways, and then it would fall over,” Golliher said.
    Golliher’s home health nurse was the first one to encounter the struggling skunk.
    “She said, ‘Do you know you’ve got a skunk in your front yard?’