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  • New officials take office

    As she prepares to exit office today (Friday), longtime Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham said she has nothing but good wishes for Roane County.   

    “I’ve enjoyed serving the public, and I wish Roane County the best,” she said.

    Kirkham lost to David Morgan by 662 votes in the Aug. 2 election, upending her bid for another term. Morgan’s term starts on Saturday.   

    “I wish him well,” Kirkham said.

  • Harriman house fire investigated

    The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s office will be in Harriman to investigate a suspicious fire at 706 Silura St.
    It happened Monday afternoon around 2 p.m. Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss said the house was unoccupied with no utilities to the home.
    “It had been abandoned for a little while. They (neighbors) had seen people go in and out of it,” Goss said. “Without power, that is very suspicious. That is arson. When there is no power, no electricity, that is arson.”

  • Deputy who arrests firefighter quits

    A Roane County Sheriff’s deputy has resigned after an altercation in which he charged a Rockwood firefighter with resisting arrest.
    Derek Kennedy resigned Monday night, according to Sheriff Jack Stockton.
    Kennedy’s weekend arrest of Rockwood Fire Department Capt. David Mitchell was under review by top brass at the sheriff’s office.

  • Morgan hires Laxton

    Cheryl Laxton has already filled out paperwork to go work for David Morgan in the Roane County Property Assessor’s Office. Laxton was a candidate in this year’s assessor’s race, but she dropped out with about two months to go in the campaign and endorsed Morgan, who would go on to defeat longtime incumbent Teresa Kirkham.

  • Gunman tried to force meth use

    A Rockwood man is behind bars for allegedly trying to force a woman to use methamphetamine.
    Arthur Paul Arwood, 50, was arrested Saturday and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault and possession of a handgun during a drug felony.
    Rockwood police said they responded to Front Avenue on a call about a distraught woman.

  • Kingston triathlon grows on second attempt

    Some of the best athletes in East Tennessee and beyond competed for bragging rights Saturday morning in the second annual Storm the Fort Olympic Distance Triathlon at Kingston.
    Participation was up considerably from last year’s inaugural event, which drew 132 competitors. More than 200 athletes were involved this year, either as full-fledged triathletes or as members of relay teams.

  • Mayfield may get diversion

    Michael Mayfield is seeking judicial diversion in his tire-stem cutting case against staff of his father’s political opponent.

    Judicial diversion allows a defendant to enter a plea of guilty and later have it removed from his record provided he follows certain conditions.

    Mayfield, 33, is the son of Mayfield Dairy Farms president Scottie Mayfield.

  • The old heave-ho

     

    With a crew to help him line up things, Ronnie Beard operates a backhoe at a drainage project just above Ladd Landing in Kingston. The men were working at the scene last week.

  • Firefighter’s 30-years’ service celebrated

    Harry “Junior” Henderson made a career out of firefighting for the Rockwood Fire Department.

    After almost 28 years of full-time firefighting, not counting the years he volunteered for the department, he’s decided to put down the hose and head to the house.

    “Brother, I’m going to miss you, and I salute you for your service,” said Chief Mike Wertz during a proclamation for Henderson at a recent Rockwood City Council meeting.

  • County to seek park director

    Roane County is looking for a new parks and recreation director.
    County Executive Ron Woody said Tony Brown informed him recently that he was leaving the position to go work for the road department, which will be under new leadership on Sept. 1 when Brown’s friend Dennis Ferguson takes over.
    “I did not get a resignation letter from him, but he did come in and we had a discussion,” Woody said. “He’s going with Dennis Ferguson.”