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  • Pemberton survives challenge

    The controversy surrounding Mike Pemberton’s residency won’t keep him out of the race for 9th Judicial District circuit court judge.

    The Roane County Election Commission voted 5-0 on Monday to put him on the ballot for the Aug. 7 election.

    “The commission heard impassioned pleas from Mr. Pemberton and his supporters, and they made a decision,” said Chattanooga attorney Wes Kliner, who argued against putting Pemberton on the ballot.

    Pemberton filed his paperwork to run in February.

  • Too few at Rockwood meeting

    Sickness and death forced the adjournment of the Rockwood City Council’s regular meeting on Monday.

    Rockwood City Councilman James Nuckols was called to his beloved father’s bedside that day.

    Councilman Pete Wright was in the hospital for tests, and Councilwoman Jane Long had went to the hospital with what was reported to be a dangerously high fever.

    At Rockwood City Attorney Greg Leffew’s recommendation, the council waited 15 minutes before adjourning for lack of a quorum.

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  • 60-day sentence for ‘horseplay’ death

    Timothy Ray Treadway will have to serve only 60 days in the Roane County Jail for his criminal negligent homicide conviction.

    Treadway, 41, was charged in the Jan. 15, 2013, death of Shayne Woodall. He reached a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty in March.

    Treadway started his jail sentence on Friday. After he is released, the remainder of his one-year sentence will be served on probation.

  • Go with the BLOW

    Joe Williams performs on tuba during the Babahatchie Community Band spring concert inside the Harriman High School James Williamson Auditorium.  The band’s next concert will be Sunday, July 6, at 7 p.m. at David Webb Riverfront Park.

  • Conservative budgeting planned

    The city of Kingston’s budget talks for the coming fiscal year kick into high gear soon, but City Manager David Bolling and other officials have already been hard at work crunching numbers.

    “We’re still early in the process,” Bolling said. “The biggest thing is that we won’t be looking at any increases in our expenses for the coming year.”

    The other side of the ledger is a different story, though.

  • Harriman considers effort to reach out to city’s visitors

    Harriman is exploring the possibility of getting a city sign along Interstate 40 to let drivers know they are traveling through the historic area and hopefully encourage them to stop.

    “I have been trying the last two years to get a sign at the interstate,” said Councilman J.D. Sampson.

    Officials talked about what points of interest should be included.

    “The library probably would be more of an attraction. Everybody that finds out it is a Carnegie Library are pretty impressed,” said Councilman Lonnie Wright.

  • Leon Houston now an inmate at federal facility in Kentucky

    Leon Houston has been moved from the Federal Transfer Center in Oklahoma City to the Federal Medical Center in Lexington, Ky.

    The transfer center in Oklahoma City houses inmates in transit to other facilities.

    The Federal Bureau of Prisons website listed Houston as an inmate there on April 10. The next day, the website listed him as an inmate at the Federal Medical Center in Lexington.

    He was still there on Tuesday, according to the website.

  • Woman charged with intentionally running over dog

    Mary Jessica Runkles, a 60-year-old Harriman woman, is charged with aggravated cruelty to animals for allegedly running over her neighbor’s Chihuahua.

    The alleged incident happened on Cofer Circle on April 22.

    According to the report, Bridgett Woodward told Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Vianney Del Toro she saw Runkles pass her house at a high-rate of speed.

  • Registered sex offender back in trouble

    Defense attorney Chris Cawood said he’s not surprised by the latest arrest of registered sex offender James Tiegs.

    “They’ve been trying to find something on him since we won that trial,” Cawood said. “They were really upset that they lost.”

    Tiegs, 52, was tried last July in Roane County Criminal Court for aggravated sexual battery. Cawood was his attorney.

    The jury who heard the case found Tiegs guilty of misdemeanor assault.

    He was sentenced to six months’ probation in November.