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  • Top legal gun helps assessor

    Taxpayers looking to take on Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham over appraisals might have to deal with the top legal adviser to one of the state’s constitutional officers.
    Robert Lee is general counsel to Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson.
    State law allows Lee to intervene in any case before the State Board of Equalization. He’s joined the side of Kirkham’s office in some high-profile appeals.

  • Excavator-trailer incident does not end well for marina man

    Bayside Marina owner Alan Schneider is once again in trouble with the law.
    His most recent legal issue occurred on Saturday at the marina, which is located at 134 Bayside Drive, Ten Mile.
    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office incident report,  Schneider used an excavator to move a trailer while a woman was still inside.

  • Ferguson not alone in qualification questions from state

    The letter Dennis Ferguson received from the state last September concerning his qualifications as a candidate for Roane County road superintendent is a standard letter that many candidates for the office receive.
    In fact, Jim Beason and Brian Mullins, who are running against Ferguson in the election, were sent the same letter last year concerning their qualifications.

  • Two men indicted in Kingston attack

    STAFF REPORTS
    Michael G. Hamby and Adam D. Phillips were indicted last month for aggravated robbery. The men allegedly beat and robbed David Gibson at his home on Blossom Lane in Kingston in March.
    Gibson’s cell phone and wallet, which contained credit cards and cash, was taken.
    According to a warrant, an informant was in a vehicle with Hamby and Phillips 90 minutes after Gibson was beaten.

  • Kingston native lands on Legal Aid Society board

    The Legal Aid Society has named Kingston native Barbara Fisher to its board of directors.
     As a former client of the Legal Aid Society, Fisher joins the board as a client-eligible member who will represent the Oak Ridge office service area.
    The Legal Aid Society’s 33-member board of directors is comprised of 22 legal professionals and 11 client-eligible members or individuals who could apply for Legal Aid Society help.

  • Marina safety critical

    July has brought tragic reminders of electrical hazards that can happen around boats and boat docks.
    In Tennessee, two boys, ages 10 and 11, lost their lives as a result of receiving an electrical shock while swimming between house boats on Cherokee Lake in Tennessee.
    “Make sure that the dock area is safe. This means making sure electrical connections are properly installed and safely maintained,” said Molly Hall, executive director of the Safe Electricity program. “Your loved ones’ lives just might depend on it.”

  • Early voting begins Friday

    Beginning Friday, July 13, registered voters will have the opportunity to cast their ballots for the Aug. 2 state primary and county general elections.
    Early voting continues through July 28.
    Secretary of State Tre Hargett is encouraging voters to take advantage of early voting if they wish.
    “The flexibility of early voting gives Tennesseans one less reason not to exercise their right to vote,” he said.

  • Man with Parkinson’s to hike mountain

    A former Roane County man hasn’t let Parkinson’s disease slow him down.

    In August, he plans to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania with Team Fox of the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

    Roger Long said his main focus is raising money for the foundation started by Fox, the actor known for the starring role in the movie Back to the Future,

    Fox also suffers from Parkinson’s disease.

    Long wants to show others how the disease can be largely overcome.

  • VA hospital push gains steam

    Advocates for a VA hospital in the Roane Medical Center in downtown Harriman have gotten the federal government’s attention, including Congressman Jeff Miller, the chair of the House committee on Veterans Affairs committee.

    He is joining Congressman Chuck Fleischmann and Congressman Scott DesJarlais in Roane County on Friday for a tour of the medical center, which will be vacant once Covenant Health moves into a new facility in Midtown.  

  • Smoot waives arraignment

    Shawn Smoot waived arraignment in his first-degree murder case on Monday.

    Assistant Public Defender Walter Johnson was appointed to represent him.

    Smoot is accused of killing 23-year-old Brooke Morris. Her body was found at Blair Road and Old Blair Road last October.

    The Roane County grand jury indicted Smoot for her death last month.

    “I really don’t know anything about it,” Johnson said about the case “I just got appointed here about 30 minutes ago.”

    Johnson said Smoot has pleaded not guilty.