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  • Pemberton on ballot for August election

    Tom McFarland will not be running unopposed for 9th Judicial District circuit court judge. The Roane County Election Commission voted 5-0 Monday afternoon to put Mike Pemberton's name on the ballot for the Aug. 7 election.

    “I think it's strong,” Pemberton said of the unanimous vote. “I don't think it could get any stronger.”

  • Hall vs. Stockton: DARE restoration, office open all hours among topics sheriff hopefuls tackle

    Four years ago, Ronald McCuistion made an issue out of the Roane County Sheriff’s Office not having a DARE program.

    It apparently didn’t help him at the polls, though: McCuistion lost to Jack Stockton by more than 6,000 votes in the race for sheriff.

    McCuistion’s lack of success, however, hasn’t stopped 2014 sheriff’s candidate Jared Hall from making DARE a centerpiece of his campaign.

  • Hearing today on Pemberton residency

    The Roane County Election Commission is expected to hear a challenge to Mike Pemberton’s residency when it meets today – Monday – in the courthouse in Kingston.

    The meeting will start at 1 p.m. and deal with the residency of Pemberton, a candidate for 9th Judicial District circuit court judge.

    “He doesn’t live here,” Kingston resident Willis Hall contended.

    Pemberton said such statements are nonsense.

    “I live here — 255 Kirkham Drive,” he insisted.

  • 6-year-old taken from dad accused of making meth

    A 6-year-old child was taken into protective state custody last week when authorities found him in a Ten Mile home where they believe his father was making methamphetamine.

    Christopher Michael Raby, 39, was arrested at 1:10 a.m. April 23 at the Dogtown Road home. He is charged with aggravated child abuse and manufacturing of methamphetamine.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputies John Mayes and Mark Steinmann received information that there was an active meth lab at 404 Dogtown Road.

  • Former leader still keen on Plateau Park

    Seven years have passed, and Roane County has yet to receive a return on the $2.5 million it borrowed for Plateau Partnership Park.

    That hasn’t dampened Mike Farmer’s enthusiasm about the project, however.

    “Whenever you have an opportunity to work with others and reduce the risk to the county residents, then it is a positive step,” he said.

    Plateau Partnership Park is a joint industrial park venture between Roane, Cumberland and Morgan counties. All of the land is in Cumberland and Morgan counties.

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  • Twin Tower climb inspires firefighters

    Two Kingston firefighters joined hundreds of others climbing steps in honor of those who went up the stairs of the Twin Towers in the rescue attempt before the buildings collapsed after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

    “It was a 9/11 memorial stair climb. It was for the 343 firemen that died in the World Trade Centers,” said Bradley Goss.

    The Twin Towers in New York were hit by commercial airliners that had been hijacked by terrorists. The Pentagon was also hit.

  • Ruppe ‘too valuable’ to lose

    Rockwood City Council will once again consider a proposal to promote City Recorder Becky Ruppe to city administrator at its meeting Monday.

    “She is much too valuable,” Mayor James Watts said. “We are lucky to keep her.”

    Watts, who has reached his term limit this year, said he wants to leave the next mayor with someone who understands the budget.

  • Kingston work could lower home insurance

    On a scale of 1 to 10, the city of Kingston gets a 4 on fire safety.
    And that’s not a bad thing. The Insurance Services Organization rates fire departments according to their level of preparedness every few years, with a 1 signifying the highest level, and a 10 meaning no preparedness at all.

    Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon reported on the city’s latest rating at April City Council sessions. The ISO rating also determines fire insurance rates in the department’s coverage area.

  • REAL HORSEPOWER

    Curtis Scarbrough loves his horses.

    Recently, he decided that, together, they could step back in time.

    This week, on a sunny spring day, he walked behind them, holding steady a plow as it cut into the rich brown earth of a garden on Ruritan Road.  

    The garden promises to yield the usual country bounty of corn, okra, tomatoes, onions and beans.

    “I just wanted to see if I could do it,” Scarbrough said. “That is all we had when I was coming along. We didn’t have tractors. It was either a horse or a mule.”