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  • Comptroller visits in Roane

    Taking on public corruption doesn’t come without some backlash.

    “That’s part of the game,” Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury Justin P. Wilson said.

    “We have people who don’t think we’re accurate. We have people who don’t think we’re fair or there are people that just don’t like for us to say what we found.”

    Wilson, one of the state’s constitutional officers, visited Roane County on Friday.

  • Rocky Houston wants a lawyer, after all

    After months of representing himself, Rocky Houston is ready to call it quits.

    He filed a motion in U.S. District Court last week asking for an attorney.

    “I, Rocky Joe Houston, is requesting the appointment of a competent legal counsel representative free from conflict of interest to represent me
    on said criminal charges,” he wrote in the motion.

    Houston is charged with 14 counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

  • Harriman slated to finalize budget with no new taxes

    Harriman will likely finalize its 2014 fiscal budget on second reading Tuesday.

    Harriman City Council meets in regular session at 7 p.m. following the fire board meeting.

    The proposed budget, which includes no proposed property tax increase, has general fund revenue of $7.5 million and appropriations of $7.2 million.

    Unappropriated fund balance is $210,110, with a total unassigned fund balance of $834,272.

  • Kingston revved up for holiday boat races

    The long wait is nearly over.

    Anticipation is high as Kingston Parks and Recreation officials work this week to bring popular powerboat races back to the city’s waterfront for the first time in almost two decades.

    The American Powerboat Association will have its Pro Class national championship races at Fort Southwest Point, with trials beginning Monday July 1, and racing heats to follow July 2-4.

  • Pub quest continues with beer board

    Roma L. Christopher isn’t giving up her quest for a beer permit. She re-filed her application last week. 
    Christopher, who wants to sell beer at the Grill & Pub under a different name, appeared before the Roane County Beer Board on June 11. Chairman Copper Bacon got no response from the other four members when he asked for a motion to hear Christopher’s application.  
    “The board is not going to listen to your application,” Bacon told Christopher.
    She asked for an explanation, but wasn’t given one.

  • VW distribution center opens

    If someone wants to build an Audi A4, they could find all the parts at Volkswagen’s new Southeast Regional Distribution Center in Roane County.
    “That means we’ll have nuts, screws, bolts, windshields, tires, engines, transmissions, sheet metal,” Volkswagen’s Vice President of Parts and Vehicle Logistics Anu Goel said. “Anything you need to build the car, we’ll have stored in this building.”

  • Good morrow at the fair?

    The sounds, smells and colorful imagery of medieval England may soon be mere minutes away.
    Darkhorse Design wants to set up a permanent Renaissance Fair on what is known as the industrial park property off Fiske Road in Harriman.
    Company representatives  believe the location, from its easy proximity to the interstate and large metropolitan areas to the fact there are not any permanent fairs nearby, makes it an ideal location.
    “It is an all-day fun event for the whole community,” said Barrie Paulson, business manager.

  • Vanishing rapist caught

    Charles Daniel Mullins is back in custody after leading authorities on a manhunt. Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said the search for the registered sex offender ended Wednesday night when Mullins was arrested at a home on Unaka Street in Harriman. 

    “We just kind of cornered him in, and he didn’t have anywhere to go,” Stockton said. “We arrested him without incident.”
    Mullins is classified as a violent sex offender on the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry.

  • Good morrow at the fair?

    The sounds, smells and colorful imagery of medieval England may soon be mere minutes away.
    Darkhorse Design wants to set up a permanent Renaissance Fair on what is known as the industrial park property off Fiske Road in Harriman.
    Company representatives  believe the location, from its easy proximity to the interstate and large metropolitan areas to the fact there are not any permanent fairs nearby, makes it an ideal location.
    “It is an all-day fun event for the whole community,” said Barrie Paulson, business manager.

  • Festival fundraising for Harriman

    Hooray for Harriman Labor Day festival organizers are well underway collecting donations for the event.
    Randy Ellis said recently they are only $1,800 short of the goal for the festival set for Monday, Sept. 2.
    “That puts us ahead of previous years,” Ellis said.
    More information about how to be a vendor or sponsor for the event can be found at http://hoorayforharriman.info