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  • Pinnacle Pointe developers suing official

    Business partners Jerry Duncan and Steve Kirkham are suing Harriman City Treasurer Charles Kerley for $3.3 million.

    Duncan and Kirkham allege Kerley damaged their reputations in a letter to the editor that was printed in the Roane County News last August.

    “These allegations by Charles R. Kerley were publicly printed and were untrue and constitute the defamatory acts of libel and slander,” the lawsuit states.  

  • '07 audit chastised Harriman mayoral hopefuls

    The past could come back to haunt the candidates in this year’s race for Harriman mayor.

    Both incumbent Mayor Chris Mason and opponent Wayne Best were accused of wrongdoing in the 2007 audit prepared by the municipal division of the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury.

    Best, serving as fire chief at the time, was accused of attempting to use city funds to purchase a toolbox for his private vehicle.

    Best has long denied that claim.

  • Heroes of Tomorrow: Young people tell why they enlisted

    Rockwood's Josh Rose: 'Being part of something bigger'

  • TBI: Human trafficking reported in Roane

    Both adult and minor human sex trafficking has been reported in Roane County, according to a recent study by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

    Roane wasn’t alone, however.

    The study showed that a majority of the state’s counties have made reports about human sex trafficking.  

    “The results of the study are shocking,” TBI Director Mark Gwyn wrote. “Human trafficking and sex slavery in Tennessee is more common than previously believed possible.”

  • Best can owe taxes – until swear-in time

    Having a tax debt does not bar someone from being a mayoral candidate in Harriman.

    “The official oath is the kicker as far as I’m aware,” City Attorney Harold Balcom said.

    The Harriman City Charter requires elected officials to take an oath of office.

    That oath requires them to swear “that I am not indebted to the state, the county of Roane, or the city of Harriman, on account of any lawful tax against me now due and unpaid.”  

  • Walking on water: Barefoot water skiers stay on their toes

    Swan Pond resident Don Simon has a suggestion for water sport enthusiasts looking for a new challenge: Try barefoot skiing.

    “What I’m trying to promote in this area is to get more people to barefoot,” said Simon, who describes himself as a hardcore barefooter.

    Simon and a group of his peers took advantage of some beautiful weather recently for some barefoot skiing on the Emory River.

    The outing was part of a clinic with world record holder and champion barefoot skier Keith St. Onge.

  • Coal liquification proposal already has problems

    The prevailing winds blow from the west to the east.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody hopes the tri-county industrial board will take that into consideration when deciding whether to give land to a company that plans to build a coal liquification facility.

    The land is in the Plateau Partnership Park in neighboring Cumberland County.

  • Teachers bill called revenge by Republicans

    The president of the Tennessee Education Association has asked Gov. Bill Haslam to veto the collaborative conferencing bill passed by the General Assembly last week.
    “On behalf of the 52,000 members of the TEA, I would ask that you show your support for responsible education reform by vetoing this legislation,” TEA President Gera Summerford wrote to the governor.
    Despite her plea, the bill is still destined to become law because a spokeswoman for Haslam said he would sign the legislation.

  • Young pedestrian hit in Kingston
  • Broad field for council in Rockwood

    Rockwood City Council candidates got a taste of what could be as they sat in council seats at Rockwood City Hall at a recent candidates forum and fielded questions.

    Moderator Jo Walters with Rockwood 2000 shot questions at the candidates, including two of the three vying for an unexpired council term and eight candidates running for three four-year terms.