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  • Rockwood cleaning up insurance quagmire

    Rockwood’s city hall was once a swinging door for insurance salespeople, who approached employees with life insurance and other policies not related to the city-provided health insurance.

    “We started opening doors and letting a dozen insurance people come through here,” Mayor James Watts said.

    The city began helping its employees by having automatic payroll deductions to pay for these policies, a practice that has now resulted in confusion according to city officials.

  • Liquor sales defeated in OS; Calfee holds onto strong lead with 96 percent of votes in

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    President and Vice President of the United States

    Electors for MITT ROMNEY and PAUL RYAN 14,719

    Electors for BARACK OBAMA and JOE BIDEN 6,014

    Electors for VIRGIL GOODE and JIM CLYMER 72

    Electors for JILL STEIN and CHERI HONKALA 50

  • Program aims to protect voter rights

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Perry H. Piper will lead the efforts of the U.S. Attorney’s office, in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program, for the upcoming Nov. 6 general elections.

    Piper has been appointed to serve as the district election officer for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

    In that capacity, he is responsible for overseeing the district’s handling of complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses in consultation with Justice Department Headquarters in Washington.

  • Polk Salad Fest, Pageant end reign

    The popular springtime festival at Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park is being retired.

    David Webb, the park’s namesake, has helmed the festival since its inception in 2008, when it spun off from the initial Miss Polk Salad pageant.

    “We are trying to encourage him to do things for himself. He’s 76 years old, and he needs to be having some fun,” said Webb’s daughter, Debbie Mee.

    “We just want him to have more time with family. It is hard for him, but he knows it is the best thing.”

  • Relay for Life gears up for '13

    Roane County’s Relay for Life exceeded its 2012 goal of $52,000, instead raising around $60,000.

    With that in mind, and a goal of increasing the number of teams, coordinators for the American Cancer Society fundraiser have set an even higher goal next year of $75,000.

    “The kind of overall theme of Relay is ‘dream big, hope big and Relay big,’ so in Roane County we’re planning big,” said chairwoman Fran Puckett.

    Kickoff is 5:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in Rockwood First Presbyterian Church.

  • Meth labs busted

    Jennifer Mathieu asked if she could retrieve some underclothes when deputies showed up to arrest her on a theft warrant last Thursday.

    Her request led to more trouble.

  • Decision 2012: Republicans working to color blue states

    For those who want to see President Obama defeated on Election Day, Tennessee is not the state they have to worry about.

    “It’s clearly a red state,” U.S. Congressman Chuck Fleischmann said.

    That’s why members of the Roane County Tea Party have spent time in battleground states this election season.

    “I spent the weekend in Ohio two weeks ago going door-to-door,” Co-Chairman Gary Johnston said.

  • Decision 2012: Democratic support a costly endeavor

    The back window of Bob Cowan’s truck is a collage of pro-Obama and pro-Democrat stickers.

    Showing support for his president and party hasn’t been cheap for Cowan, however.

    The chairman of the Roane County Democratic Party said he once had his truck keyed.

    “It took $1,300 to get it fixed,” he said.

    Instead of taking down the stickers, Cowan said he was so upset that he decided to put more stickers on his back window.

  • Decision 2012: Lines may be long at polling sites

    Turnout was brisk during early voting in Roane County.

    Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said 12,664 people cast early and absentee ballots during the Oct. 17-Nov. 1 period.

    That was more than the total number of votes (11,156) cast in the Aug. 2 state primary and county general election.

  • Sex offender still racking up crimes

    The Tennessee Department of Correction is responsible for supervising registered sex offender Charles Daniel Mullins.
    Mullins, 31, who has a Harriman address, is considered a violent sex offender, according to his profile on the Tennessee Sexual Offender Registry.
    Despite the state’s alleged efforts to protect society, Mullins appears to still be a danger.
    He has been indicted by Roane County grand juries three times over a 12-month period — most recently on Oct. 16, when he was indicted for the alleged rape of a 15 year old.