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  • Election 2014: Candidates and potential hopefuls
  • Ash Wednesday service

    Jennifer Watson receives ashes from the Rev. Kara K. Foster at Rockwood First Christian Church’s Ash Wednesday service.

    The service marked the beginning of the six-week Lenten season that culminates with the celebration of Easter.

    Celebrations of Lent include the annual Wednesday services in Harriman United Methodist Church.

    The first service will be at noon March 12 and will be led by Tom Hicks.

    A light luncheon provided by South Harriman Baptist Church will follow.

  • Harriman ponders special events permits to sell beer

    Beer at special events at designated places in Harriman may soon be a reality.

    Previous attempts to have a special event permit allowance have failed due to public outcry.

    A new ordinance, however, is much more specific.

    “We outlined it this time,” said council member J.D. Sampson. “It can’t be sold on the sidewalks. It can’t be sold at the Labor Day festival. We took care to designate certain areas that may be of interest if some groups came in.”

  • Attorney may call names, but he’s still on the case

    Rocky Houston accused his attorney of calling him a “(expletive) idiot” for refusing to take a plea deal on Jan. 28.

    Houston now wants Michael McGovern off the case, but he failed

    to convince U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr.

    “The defendant’s request for substitution of counsel is denied,” Shirley said in a seven-page order filed on March 4. “The court declines to substitute other appointed counsel for Mr. McGovern.”

  • Fire damages two homes in Harriman area

    Area firefighters were kept busy last week fighting blazes in and around Harriman.

    Multiple agencies responded to a Wednesday house fire that gutted a 1463 Webster Road home.

    Tommy Reed, who lived in the home, paced as firefighters worked to put out the blaze.

    The home is listed as belonging to Jane Reed.

    At press time, no suspected cause of the fire was available.

    Roane County Emergency Management Director Scott Stout confirmed an unidentified firefighter appeared flushed, and his vital signs were checked.

  • Kingston to consider recreational rehabilitation

    Kingston City Council members will vote on resolution this week in support of continued recreational activities within the city’s parks and recreational system.

    The resolution adds momentum to an effort to revitalize the newly acquired Gertrude Porter Park.

    Council last week discussed an effort to obtain a state Local Parks and Recreation Fund grant for the park.

    The park was deeded to the city by Roane County Commission in February.

  • Houston land will help poor

    Roane County Habitat for Humanity now owns some of the property that Rocky and Leon Houston lost in foreclosure.

    On March 12, 2009, the brothers and other members of the Houston family signed a deed of trust on four tracts of land that named Cleveland attorney James Logan as the beneficiary.

    The property was used to secure attorney fees and expenses for Logan.

  • School team gives Roane thumbs up

    The AdvancED review team that observed Roane County Schools last month came away impressed.

    Now the school system is in line for accreditation by the agency.

    “Based on our findings, we do recommend that you be accredited for a five-year term, and we will present that to the AdvancED Accreditation Commission,” Sharon Zimmers told the Roane County Board of Education on Feb. 20.

    The AdvancED Accreditation Commission meets in June.

  • Estes in trouble with law again

    Jim Estes, the father who twice allegedly violated an order of protection at Bowers Elementary School, has more legal trouble.

    Last month he was indicted

    on seven counts of prescription drug fraud. The charges are Class D felonies.

    According to the indictment, the 48-year-old Estes unlawfully obtained or attempted to obtain Diazepam and Carisoprodol on seven different occasions in 2013.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Morgan, Roane can find success together

    East Tennessee is about as homogenous as homemade granola.

    Everybody has their own recipe.

    My point is, although Roane and Morgan counties are close neighbors, they are strikingly different.

    Roane tourism has evolved around the deep waters of Watts Bar Lake. Meanwhile, the roar of traffic on Interstate 40 helps fuel the economy.

    Morgan is more remote. Its waters, especially the Obed Wild and Scenic River, run fast, free and clear.

    Those streams and the breathtakingly beautiful mountains and valleys make it an outdoor paradise.