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  • ‘In God’ proposal put off

    The Roane County Commission voted 8-7 Monday night to defer the “In God We Trust” resolution to its property committee.

    That turned into a challenge for the official who made the proposal.

    “This just hardens my resolve,” Commissioner Randy Ellis said. “It’s going to come back forward, and we’ll stand together and vote to pass this hopefully.”

  • Mowing accident kills officer

    A Harriman man and public safety officer died in an off-duty lawnmower accident Saturday.

    Michael Andre Goins, 41, worked as an airport officer and mowed yards on the side. He was mowing for a client when the accident happened.

    “The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority has lost one of its valued public safety officers,” said Becky Huckaby, vice president of public relations for the airport.

    Goins had 15 years of law enforcement experience, including with Harriman Police Department.

  • TVA running SOR trucks

    Some South of the River residents have noticed increased truck traffic in their area.

    “There’s a huge number of trucks,” Timberline Drive resident Bob Henderson said. “You might see 10 on a trip from Kingston out to Woody Lane. Several people have asked me what’s going on.”

    The trucks are part of a project at the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant.

  • Tea Party to hear from Farmer, Woody Thursday

    Roane County is scheduled to pay nearly $2 million in interest on the $2.5 million it borrowed for the Plateau Partnership Park.

    The county borrowed $1.750 million for the project in 2007. The first principal payment on that debt won’t be made until 2016.

    In 2010, the county borrowed another $750,000. The first principal payment on that debt isn’t scheduled to be made until 2025.

    Both deals were put together during the tenure of former Roane County executive Mike Farmer.

  • TVA monies allocated for pool filtration, welcome signs

    Not much is left of the $43 million TVA set aside to help Roane County recover from the 2008 ash spill.

    But last week, the foundation overseeing the spending approved the allocation of about $33,000 for Rockwood and Oliver Springs.

    Rockwood’s request was for $8,195 to go toward improving the filtration system at the municipal swimming pool.

  • Rape charge filed by police in Kingston

    Kingston police charged a 23-year-old man with rape over the weekend. 

    Bradley Aaron Allison also faces three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and reckless endangerment. 

    According to the police report, three juveniles told police that Allison provided them with alcohol and pills. 

    The report also said that one of the juveniles told police Allison made her get into the back of his car. That’s where the alleged rape occurred. 

  • Pemberton on ballot in 9th’s four counties

    The Roane County Election Commission’s decision to certify circuit court judge candidate Mike Pemberton means he’ll be on the ballot in all four counties. 

    “Roane County certified him, and that’s the home county where his petition originated, so yes, he’ll be on our ballot,” Loudon County Administrator of Elections Susan Harrison said. 

  • Quick arrest in fatal Harriman hit-and-run

    A Harriman woman arrested for DUI has been charged in the hit-and-run death of 59-year-old Daniel Hester on Pansy Hill Road.

    Raychell Christine Huckelby, 47, 222 Roberts St., was charged with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident. 

    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said Officer Joe Sherrill saw Huckelby’s truck stop, back up and then pull out, and followed because a light was out on the vehicle.

  • Sheriff outpacing opponent in fundraising

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton received $12,400 in campaign contributions between Jan. 16-March 31.

    His cash on hand at the end of the reporting period was $48,773.16.

    Stockton’s opponent in the upcoming election, Rockwood police officer Jared Hall, received $6,510 in contributions and had $1,119 in cash on hand at the end of the reporting period.

    Stockton said he plans to work hard this election season to get votes, regardless of how well his fundraising is going.

  • Kingston looking at no tax increase

    Kingston City Council moved to put the first reading of the 2014-15 budget on the May 13 council agenda at the month’s work session.

    No substantial changes are anticipated. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. in Kingston City Hall.

    The proposed budget, which was hammered out during special budget meetings last month, features little in the way of new capital expenditures.

    Though it includes a raise for city employees, it will not require a property tax increase.