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  • More than $30,000 for judge’s race?

    Finance records show Mike Pemberton’s campaign for circuit court judge raised more than $30,000 from Jan. 7-15.

    Impressive, perhaps, but rivals Tom McFarland and Kim Nelson said they are not concerned about his hefty war chest.

    “I am focused on my campaign and not what any other candidates are doing,” Nelson said.

    “This is February,” McFarland said. “It doesn’t concern me.”

    Election Day is Aug. 7.

    McFarland, Nelson and Pemberton are vying to replace Russell Simmons Jr.

  • Former law office may house kids

    Attorney Chris Cawood’s old Kingston law office could become a temporary shelter for displaced children.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said law enforcement has a need for such a place when children have to abruptly uproot because of meth labs and other unforeseen circumstances.

  • When they aren’t marching, they’re running

     

    Members of the Roane County High School Band and Zack Williamson, the band’s director, have been participating in BUDDY’S Race Against Cancer events since 2006, when 11 people ran and walked in honor of Marc Sherrod, the late pastor at Bethel Presbyterian Church and a proud RCHS band parent.  Each year since, the band family has been affected by cancer in some way, and the band’s team continues to grow and support the efforts to fight cancer. Here, the team poses at the 2013 event in Knoxville.

  • School canceled Wednesday due to anticipated bad weather

    With more inclement weather in the forecast, Roane County school officials decided to cancel classes Wednesday.

    “We just called it off,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said shortly after 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. “We thought it was best to let people know as early as possible, so they could make arrangements.”

    The National Weather Service said a significant winter storm is expected to hit the area Wednesday through Thursday morning.

  • MAKING WAY FOR SAFETY BEACON

    Workers have been busy in the medians along the interchanges at Interstate 40’s exit 350 in Midtown.

    The work is in preparation for traffic signals that will go up this spring at the busy intersection on Pine Ridge Road.

    “Between 3 to 6 p.m. is when we have a bad problem,” said Harriman Mayor Chris Mason. “That is mainly what it is for.

    “I’m glad to have it.”

  • Harriman charter changes off to Nashville

    Several Harriman City Council members said they wish the city had held a public hearing on a resolution proposing changes to the Harriman City Charter.

    That didn’t stop the resolution, which includes provisions for a city manager form of government, from approval last week.

  • Bruner’s law license suspended for 90 days

    The Tennessee Supreme Court has suspended Harriman attorney Spence Bruner from practicing law for 90 days.

    “Mr. Bruner’s unethical conduct violated Rules of Professional Conduct 3.2 (expediting litigation); 3.4 (fairness to the opposing party and counsel); and 8.4 (misconduct),” a Feb. 4 press release on Bruner’s suspension said.

    The Court of Criminal Appeals had Bruner arrested after he failed to show up for a hearing on Sept. 18, 2012.

  • Students’ linear prose adds up

    Writing and math don’t always get paired together, but a group of Cherokee Middle School seventh-graders used their storytelling skills to illustrate linear equations.

    “More times than not, if they have something tangible they have to do with something they are better apt to remember it,” teacher Carrie Guy said. “The more hands-on, the better.”

    Noah Wheeler said it helped him putting math into words.

    “If you tell it in words, it is easier for me to remember, and typing helps me remember,” he said.

  • Grill-N-Pub up for beer permit — again

    The Roane County Beer Board is scheduled to meet on Feb. 18 at 5:30 p.m.

    One of the items on the agenda is a beer permit application for Roma Christopher.

    She was scheduled to appear before the beer board last month, but her hearing was postponed.

    Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland said it was done at the request of Christopher’s attorney.

    Christopher’s application has been controversial because she’s planning to operate at the Grill & Pub under the name 27/61 Grill-N-Pub.

  • Woman accused of letting 11 kids drink, smoke pot

    A Harriman woman allegedly allowed 11 juveniles to drink alcohol and smoke marijuana during a birthday party at her home last year.

    Kimberly Lynn Hall, 47, faces 11 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She was arrested at her home, 721 Dogwood Drive, last Wednesday.