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  • Honor Guard in need of a few good men

    The Roane County Military Memorial Honor Guard does its best to honor the lives of veterans, but dwindling numbers and an older set is making it harder.
    “We need some young guys,” said Glenn Collins, a member of the group. “To us, anyone under 70 is a young guy.”
    Collins and his fellow guard members serve beautifully, donning their dress uniforms for funeral services, which the organization does for no charge for families of honorably discharged veterans.

  • $100,000 in pot plants ripped up

    From staff reports
    A two-day marijuana eradication operation in Roane County netted more than 100 plants last week, the District Attorney General’s Office reported.
    The plants had a street value of over $100,000 and were taken from several locations around the county. 

  • Health issue claims driver

    From staff reports
    Kingston police said a South of the River man died from a heart attack while he was driving in the city last Thursday. He was identified as John Davenport, 47, of Rose Circle.
    Police said Davenport was headed south on Kentucky Street in a Pontiac Firebird when he had the heart attack and wrecked.
    Assistant Police Chief Gary Nelson said passersby pulled Davenport out of the car and attempted to revive him.

  • MORGAN, FERGUSON IN

    David Morgan’s mood started to perk up as soon as absentee and early voting totals were released at the Roane County Courthouse Thursday night.

    He had a lead on Teresa Kirkham and would go on to defeat the longtime incumbent in the race for property assessor.

  • Close vote puts Chris Ahler in Harriman post

    Interim Harriman City Councilman Chris Ahler holds onto his partial-term seat by a small margin, narrowly beating out second-place finisher Wayne Best by only eight votes.

    Ahler was appointed by Mayor Chris Mason to temporarily fill the seat vacated by former Councilman Chase Tedder, who left to take a park ranger position with the National Park Service.

  • Incumbents on school board, Wright back in

    District 2 will have a new representative on the Roane County Board of Education after this month.

    Danny Wright finished ahead of incumbent Frank Mee in last week’s election to take one of the district’s two seats.

    “I’m just honored that the people would give me the opportunity to serve on the school board,” Wright said. “I look forward to working with the other members and the County Commission to enhance education of the youth in Roane County.”

    Wright finished with 1,017 votes compared to 969 for Mee.

  • August 2012 election
  • August 2012 campaigning

     

    Last-minute campaigning outside the Roane County Courthouse has become an Election Day tradition. These road superintendent hopeful supporters hope their smiles and waves will give voters a last-minute pause to consider their candidate for the job.

  • Early voting, courthouse bad mix

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson is not a fan of having early voting at the Roane County Courthouse, where a number of elected officials have offices.
    “The current early voting situation provides what is perceived as an unfair advantage to these office holders,” Johnson said in a letter addressed to Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway.
    David Morgan, a candidate in this year’s race for property assessor, contended that incumbent Teresa Kirkham was campaigning from her office inside the courthouse during early voting.

  • Hines remains as Rockwood bldg. inspector

    Rockwood building inspector Jim Hines is safe from elimination — for now.
    Rockwood City Council voted to keep Hines, who was on the agenda to be eliminated at Vice Mayor Peggy Evans’ request.
    Mayor James Watts broke a tie vote on the issue, siding with Councilman Jason Jolly, Councilman Pete Wright and Councilwoman Jane Long.
    Cleanup was an issue brought up at the meeting, and Evans used that time to say she didn’t think Hines did enough to work with codes enforcement and dealing with overgrown lots and dilapidated buildings.