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  • Spring, glorious spring
  • Kirkham Vs. Kirkham: Divorce drives property value dispute

    Convenience-store magnate Steve Kirkham is contesting the reassessment of his property in Roane County based on bad blood between him and his ex-wife.

    Kirkham was once married to Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham. Last year’s countywide reappraisal was conducted by her office.

    Administrative Judge Mark Minsky held a pre-hearing conference on Monday to discuss Steve Kirkham’s motion to have his 2010 property appraisals declared null and void.

  • Lawyer hopes to practice again

    A Harriman attorney hopes to quickly resolve his suspension from practicing.

    “I hope I can also make it clear to the public, and specifically to my clients, that under the suspension order I can continue representing my existing clients until April 25,” said Spence R. Bruner in a statement to the Roane County News. “My attorney, Chris Cawood, and I are making every effort to have this matter resolved in my favor by that date so I do not lose any time at work,” Bruner said.

  • Storm season can mean troubled waters

    With three rivers that feed Watts Bar Lake, there’s no shortage of water and related recreation in Roane County.

    However, the influx of severe spring weather, particularly heavy wind matched with lightning, does not mesh well with activities on the water.

    Monday evening’s thunderstorms brought trees down in the area, especially in Harriman, but for folks on the water, it posed a more serious threat.

  • School bus driver cited in accident

    A school bus crashed South of the River Monday morning. There were no children on the bus at the time.

    The accident happened on Hwy. 58 near the intersection of Mans Hollow Road shortly before 7 a.m.

    The bus driver, Angela Morehew, was not injured. A passenger on the bus, Virginia Rucker, was transported to Roane Medical Center.

    The crash was investigated by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

  • Hurley, commissioners look to move past dispute

    State Rep. Julia Hurley said her relationship with the Roane County Commission has room for improvement.

    “No representative has a perfect relationship with any of their county commissions,” she said by email. “So with that said, of course we could always work better together.”

    Hurley said she thinks the commission focuses too much of its time on Tiger Haven, a sanctuary for big cats in East Roane County.

  • Former powerhouse governor Ned McWherter dies of cancer

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Ned McWherter had political prowess matched by an engaging down-home personality that endeared him to Tennessee voters.
    McWherter, a self-made millionaire businessman, turned a phrase as easily as he charmed those at the ballot box.
    The two-term Democratic governor died Monday at Centennial Hospital in Nashville.  He was 80 and had cancer.
    Some of his memorable quotes:
    — “I know every hog path in Tennessee.”

  • Dangling from the Jungle Gym
  • Leaders challenge beer law changes

    Not everyone is happy with a proposal to allow special-event permits for the sale of beer in Harriman.

    In fact, several people plan to go to the Harriman City Council meeting on Tuesday to voice their concern. And they have some powerful allies.

    “This is not the vision that my dad had for Hooray for Harriman 20 years ago when he was on the board — and it is not the vision that I had when I co-founded the Harriman Cruisin’ eight years ago,” Mayor Chris Mason said.

  • Hospital inching closer to breaking ground at Midtown

    Covenant Health and Roane Medical Center appear to be mere weeks away from breaking ground on a much-anticipated new facility in Midtown.

    First, however, hospital officials are preparing for an April 27 hearing before the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency to seek approval on the construction of the building which will replace the hospital in downtown Harriman.

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said he plans to attend the hearing to voice his support of Covenant Health relocating the hospital’s operations.