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  • Former DA mum on convicted sex offender’s petition for right to vote

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson’s decision not to oppose restoration of citizenship rights for convicted sex offender Richard Keith McCarroll hasn’t sparked criticism from his former rival.
    “I’m not going to get in the business of criticizing the current DA,” Scott McCluen said Friday.
    McCluen served as district attorney general from 1998 to 2006. Johnson defeated him in the 2006 election.

  • Education Foundation kicking off Tuesday

    Roane County Schools Education Foundation will have a kickoff event at 6 p.m. Oct. 8 in The Roane Alliance at 1209 N. Kentucky St., Kingston.
    The newly organized nonprofit Foundation will raise funds through grants, private and in-kind donations to provide the best academic education and experience for its students, teachers and staff.
    The foundation is seeking to create partnerships within the community to support education in Roane County.
    For more information, call 705-8688.

  • Bathroom gets good graffiti

    Teenagers can be vicious, and an ugly message scrawled in a Roane County High School girls restroom last week was one such jab.
    When English teacher Linda Choate saw the taunt, she took action.

    Soon the room was covered with sticky notes filled with positive and uplifting messages to female students and staff.
    “There is a widespread problem with cruelty among teenagers. This was one incident, but it is just one part of a wider problem that made me choose to try to change the perspective,” Choate said.

  • Leon Houston’s officer ID deadline up

    The government has until today — Friday — to disclose the names and addresses of law enforcement officers who were present the night Leon Houston was arrested in January.
    Houston requested the information in his federal case.
    Prosecutors objected to the disclosure, but U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. ordered the government to produce the information.

  • Donice Butler case may be settled sans hearing

    Harriman attorney Donice Butler might not have to face her accusers at a disciplinary hearing next month.
    This no-go could have nothing to do with a continuance in the case, either.
    On Wednesday, Butler said she is in the process of working to resolve the matter with the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility.
    If negotiations go well, she said the hearing won’t be necessary and the case would be over.
    Some former clients have accused Butler of wrongdoing.

  • Bounty hunters at wrong house, lawsuit contends

    A Harriman family is seeking $525,000 in damages from an Alabama bail bond company and two bounty hunters.
    Attorney Scott McCluen filed the lawsuit in Roane County Circuit Court on Monday against Ruben Brown, Michael Anthony Henderson Jr. and Learnest Wilson.
    They are accused of assault, aggravated assault, aggravated criminal trespass, false imprisonment and reckless endangerment.
    Brown owns Affordable Bail Bonds of Montgomery, Ala. According to the lawsuit, he posted a $1,000 bond for a Kayla Inman in Montgomery Municipal Court in August 2012.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Hope is that bum knee can be fixed, not replaced

    A couple of years ago, my doctor made one of those scrunched-up faces he gets when talking about my left knee.
    It’s a face that says, indirectly, I’m looking at a bionic knee or two down the road.
    Those of you who have followed me for the past 11 years or so know I’m no stranger to surgery. At least one of them saved my life.
    But this is one surgery I don’t want to have.
    Not now.
    Not ever.
    After last year’s talk with my doc, I backed down on my hiking. I quit trying to run. I put away my tennis racquet.

  • Harriman Garden Club decks Riverfront display for fall

     

    Jamie Russell, left, Harriman Garden club vice president, and Bridget Stricker add the finishing touches to the fall garden display at Riverfront Park in Harriman. “Everyone just loved it so much that we decided to do it bigger this year,” said Pat Ramsey, president. Club members said this year they are planning on decorating for the winter holidays as well. Harriman Garden Club celebrated its 55-year anniversary last week with a picnic drawing almost 30 people.
     

  • Rockwood man stabbed in Wartburg

    One man was in intensive care and another facing charges following a stabbing incident in Wartburg.

    Wartburg Police were called to Roane Medical Center around 5 a.m. Sunday to investigate a report of a stabbing that had allegedly occurred near the intersection of Hwys. 27 and 62 in Wartburg.

    According to authorities, Harold Gene Raby, 39, 207 Elm Grove St. in Loudon, and his wife, Janice Bramblett, gave Warren Dyer, 27, Rockwood, a ride from Kroger in Midtown to Wartburg.

  • New HHA director can relate

    Amy Hall, Harriman Housing Authority’s new director, isn’t just experienced in working in public housing.
    She knows what it is like to live there.
    “It was a lonely life,” she said.

    Hall said she was raised by a single mother and lived at the housing project at Fiske Heights for 14 years.
    “We moved in when I was 4 years old and moved out when I was 18.”