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  • Stewart wins circuit court clerk's race

    Sarah Stewart won the three-way Roane County Circuit Clerk's race.  She received 4,225 votes. Ann Goldston followed with 4,024.  Marty Miles trailed with 2,195.

  • Pemberton scrapes by McFarland, but just barely

    It appears that Mike Pemberton will be the next 9th Judicial District circuit court judge.

    According to unofficial returns in four counties, Pemberton pulled off the win by a scant 144 votes.

    “We did it,” Pemberton told his supporters gathered at Jake's Tavern and Grill. “We did it the right way, and at least in this four-county race, you can do it the right way and you can be successful.”

    The final numbers were 12,603 Pemberton to 12,459 McFarland.

  • Fleischmann and Wamp tie in Roane voting

    Everyone expected a close between incumbentCongressmen  Chuck Fleischmann and opponent Weston Wamp in the Republican primary, but it couldn't have been closer in Roane.

    The two men tied at 4,010 each when all votes were tallied.

    In Morgan County, with all votes in, the count was Wamp 1664, Fleischmann 1,342.

  • Congressional race gets uglier

    Weston Wamp and his opponent’s camp continued to trade barbs days before Thursday’s election.

    Wamp, who faces two-term Congressman Chuck Fleischmann in the Republican Primary, has taken issue with a mailer sent out by Fleischmann’s campaign that purports to show him burning a passport.

    It’s clear Wamp’s head has been digitally added onto a photo of someone else’s body.

  • Early voting a big hit in this election

    Early and absentee voting totals for Thursday’s election surpassed the Aug. 3, 2006, and Aug. 5, 2010, elections.

    “Hopefully it’s an indication that there’s a strong interest in some of the races,” Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said.

    The early and absentee voting total in 2006 was 6,790. In 2010, the number was 6,096.

    Early and absentee voting for Thursday’s election totaled 7,313.

  • Pine Ridge road widening a go

    It’s been a long time coming, but Harriman residents will soon see the fruition of plans to widen Hwy. 29 (Ruritan Road) from Pine Ridge Road to Hwy. 27 (Roane Street).

    It will complete the four-laning of the Pine Ridge Road corridor in Harriman.

    Councilman Lonnie Wright was excited.

  • Woman charged with assaulting officer

    From STAFF REPORTS

    A Harriman woman is accused of kicking a deputy in the stomach.

    Patricia L. Patterson, 34, is charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and assault in the incident.

    According to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office incident report, deputies responded to 3950 Sugar Grove Valley Road shortly before 2 a.m. on Monday to investigate a domestic disturbance.

    Patricia and William Patterson told deputies they had been arguing.

  • Sex offender’s cases continued to next week

    While he awaits sentencing on a federal firearms charge, convicted sex offender Charles Daniel Mullins still has six cases pending in Roane County Criminal Court.

    He’s charged with rape, two counts of violating community supervision, theft of property, aggravated assault and violating community supervision with a criminal offense.

    A status hearing scheduled in those cases was reset to Aug. 13.

  • A cuddly good time
  • Harriman city attorney resigning

    Longtime Harriman city attorney Harold Balcom has only a short time left in that job.

    He announced his resignation at Tuesday’s council meeting. He will work through August.

    “Harold has been an asset for the city. He’s helped with some things that wouldn’t have been done if he’d not been there to do it,” said Councilman Ken Mynatt. “He knows his government law, and he’s a real asset in that area.”

    Mynatt said Balcom often worked outside the limelight.