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  • Family gives hoot about injured owl

    Sixteen-year-old David Groves’ biggest brush with nature wasn’t on a recent camping trip, but on the ride back home.

    Groves and his mother, Dawn Umphenour, were traveling on Duncan Hollow Road around dusk on Memorial Day when they came across a young barred owl in the middle of the pavement.

    Wanting something to document the moment, Groves got out of the car to take a picture. He and his mother realized something was wrong when the owl didn’t make a move.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Phoebe, darlin', will you call home already?

    While many of you hunkered down in the air conditioning last weekend, I spent my days and nights comfortably outside.

    In fact, I snuggled deeper in my sleeping bag to stay warm on those nights.

    It was my annual late-spring camping trip — and it couldn’t have come soon enough.

    While I didn’t travel far, it was far enough to shake off my worldly cares for just long enough to make a difference.

    A small enclave of us camped creekside with the owners of the property.

  • Incumbent Mason "Bests" opponent in mayor's race

    After soundly defeating his opponent — who also happened to be his former fire chief — Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said his second term will see a lot of progress.

    Mason beat Wayne Best with about 60 percent of the vote on Tuesday.

    “I’m really excited about getting to finish what we started downtown,” Mason said.

    He said the city’s investment in the Princess Theater arts education center — something his opponent was openly critical of — will drive what happens downtown.

  • Rockwood fields new faces on city council

    Four new faces will be sitting at the Rockwood City Council table in July.

    Incumbent Ray Collett lost a bid for reelection, Dudley Evans termed out and both Harold Ishman and Krystal Hennager did not seek election to the seats they were appointed to.

    Jason Jolly, top vote-getter and now vice mayor; Jane Long; and Mike Freeman will be serving three of the four-year terms that opened with the leaving of Collett, Evans and Ishman.

    Pete Wright will be filling a two-year term unexpired council term vacated by Hennager.

  • Kingston keeps Sugarman, adds Brown, Byrkit to council

    Incumbent Norm Sugarman held onto his Kingston City Council seat, and another familiar face is returning to the council.

    Tony Brown, who has served two previous terms on the council, received the high total of 244 votes.

    That will make him vice mayor in July.

     He was elected and served as vice mayor under Jim Henry in 1977 and, after taking a break, was elected again in 1993.

    Brown has also served as county elections administrator and is also over Roane County Park as a county employee.

  • TDOT edict sparks flag battle in Oliver Springs

    A staple of the Memorial Day holiday in Oliver Springs will be no more.

    The Disabled American Veterans chapter in Oliver Springs was planning to keep the 31 American flags up until after Flag Day but was told by Tennessee Department of Transportation officials to take them down — permanently.

    Omer Cox, an Oliver Springs alderman and commander of the DAV chapter, said he talked to TDOT engineer Bud Slaton.

    “He said it was unsafe,  and we’re not allowed to have flags or signs in the medians,” Cox said.

  • Municipal Election Precinct-by-Precinct Results
  • City Councils and Mayors to serve Harriman, Kingston and Rockwood as of July 1
  • Utility worker candidates force changes in Rockwood

    The top vote getter in Rockwood City Council elections traditonally has two privileges — he becomes the new vice mayor and sits on the Rockwood Electric Utility Board.
    However, a new ordinance stops that tradition in its tracks.
    That’s because the highest vote getter in this week’s election was Jason Jolly, a Rockwood Electric Utility employee.
    Last month the Rockwood City Council approved an ordinance prohibiting utility employees from serving on the Rockwood Electric Utility Board.

  • Hanging initially deemed suicide

    Police said a 36-year-old Rockwood woman found hanging from a tree Tuesday morning apparently took her own life.
    “It’s still under investigation by the TBI, but right now it appears to be a suicide,” Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett said.
    Police were dispatched to 609 N. Wilder Ave. shortly before 8 a.m. in reference to a hanging.
    “Prior to my arrival, I was advised by dispatch that the victim was cut down by the caller,” the police report said. The responding officer found Amy Lopez on the ground dead.