Local News

  • McFarland lawsuit is tossed

    A judge has stepped in the way of Tom McFarland’s wish to become a judge — at least for now.

    On Tuesday, Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood dismissed the former Roane County Attorney’s lawsuit trying to overturn Mike Pemberton’s successful election in a close race for 9th Judicial District circuit court judge in the Aug. 7 election.

    McFarland contends Pemberton didn’t meet the one-year residency requirement to run for judge and wanted the election results voided.

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  • Don’t hold breath on school funding

    Changes may eventually come to the way the state allocates money to school systems, but local officials aren’t optimistic.

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said he heard as much from the top during a superintendents meeting he attended last month.

    “The governor spoke to us and said there will not be a change this year,” Aytes said.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said he got the same impression from a Basic Education Program Task Force meeting he attended in Nashville on Sept. 23.


    After seeing their request for additional local funding go nowhere the last two years, Roane County school officials are considering other options to deal with their financial crisis.

    “We’re looking at $3.5 million — possibly more — of cuts,” business manager Eric Harbin said.

    Harbin and Director of Schools Gary Aytes met with the Roane County Commission’s budget committee on Thursday.

  • Harriman narrows field for manager

    Harriman officials sat down and talked to 11 city manager candidates from all over the country during Thursday’s first round of interviews.

    “The city should be commended. They cast a wide net out there,” said Warren Nevad of the University of Tennessee’s Municipal Technical Advisory Service, who is assisting Harriman officials in the search for the city’s first manager.

    They’ll further narrow down the list in a workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Harriman Municipal Office Complex.

  • Old theater to be showcase for Rockwood hospitality

    One of downtown Rockwood’s historic buildings is getting a new look, and it will play a big role in promoting Rockwood and its history as a visitor center and museum.

    The building was the former J&B Furniture Store, but before that it served in other capacities, including as a J.C. Penney catalog store, the Lyric Theatre and the Ritz Theatre.

    “Everyone is pitching in and working really hard,” said John Evans of the Rockwood Merchants Association.

    “It is looking a lot better.”

  • Another motion to dismiss McFarland judge suit

    Mike Pemberton isn’t the only one who wants Tom McFarland’s election lawsuit thrown out.

    The Tennessee Attorney General’s Office does as well.

    McFarland lost to Pemberton in the race for 9th Judicial District circuit court judge in the Aug. 7 election.

    He responded by suing Pemberton, the Roane County Election Commission and Tennessee Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins.

    The Tennessee Attorney General’s Office represents the commission and Goins.

  • Sound Aviation supplying plane parts from new Roane facility

    Sound Aviation, an airplane parts supplier, celebrated the opening of its Roane County facility on Friday.

    “We’re very happy to be here in a new community that’s welcoming us with open arms,” Vice President of Sales Jason Blom said.

    The facility is on Cardiff Valley Road in the Roane County Industrial Park. The company also has a facility in Kings Park, N.Y.

  • Attorney General Holder’s resignation make some in Tenn. delegation happy

    The resignation of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was welcome news for some Tennessee lawmakers.

    Holder announced on Thursday that he would be stepping down from the position.

    “During his nearly six-year tenure, Eric Holder vastly overstepped his bounds as attorney general,” U.S. Congressman Chuck Fleischmann said.

    “From ‘Fast and Furious’ to his handling of the IRS targeting scandal, Holder abused the power of his office,” the Ooltewah Republican continued.

  • Voter forum to address Amendment 1

    A “vote ‘no’ on Tennessee Amendment 1” public voter forum will begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 30 in Michael Dunn Center at 629 Gallaher Road, Kingston.

    Mark Mohundro of Planned Parenthood will explain Amendment 1 to the Tennessee Constitution, which voters will decide on the Nov. 4 ballot. He will also answer questions from the audience.

    Information from the Tennessee League of Women Voters will be provided on Amendments 1 (abortion), 2 (judiciary), 3 (taxes) and 4 (gambling).