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  • 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.

  • 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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