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  • Contractor fined over asbestos inspection of Harriman shop

    James Kilby Jr., a Morgan County contractor, was fined in December for failing to conduct an asbestos inspection before beginning demolition work.

    The work in question was at a property located at 206 Ruritan Road in Harriman.

    The order assessing the $1,500 fine was signed by Michelle Walker Owenby, director of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Division of Air Pollution Control.

    The property, which is known as the old Citgo Market, is owned by Chandubhai Patel.

    He was also fined $1,500.

  • Coming up: night court Stevens staying late to hear traffic cases

    New Roane County General Sessions Court Judge Terry Stevens is planning to start holding traffic court on Monday evenings.

    Stevens said his goal is to help people who have to work.

    “I think it’s important for people who have a job to not have to miss an entire or half a day’s work to come to court when the court system can provide an alternative,” he said.

    “I think it’s a good service that the court system can provide.”   

    Traffic court is currently held on Fridays starting at 9 a.m.


    The following have picked up petitions to qualify for candidacy in the Aug. 4 election; names in bold indicate those who have filed their petitions with the Election Commission and are official candidates as of Friday evening:


  • Pemberton tapped for child starvation case

    Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton is now the presiding judge in the child starvation case involving Matthew and Amanda Dotson.

    Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks recused himself from the case last month. As circuit judge, Pemberton has civil and criminal jurisdiction.

    The Dotsons face first-degree murder charges in Roane County Criminal Court for the death of their 2-year-old son, Clifford. He died on May 3, 2012.  

  • Bridge rebuild to be let for bid

    A project to replace the bridge on Margrave Street in Harriman should be let for bid on April 1.
    That is the latest news officials have on the project, and Harriman City Council should have an update on the bridge replacement project during its meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
    “I know construction is estimated to take 14 months, but I am not sure when they would give the winning bidder a notice to proceed which is what would start that 14 month block,” said City Manager Kevin Helms.

  • A closer look at Fort’s collection

    Ken Inmon studies part of the vast collection of Native American artifacts donated by Kingston’s Bob Winsbro to Fort Southwest Point.

    Winsbro will share information about some of the items he’s found along the Tennessee and Clinch rivers in Roane and Anderson counties during a special reception at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Fort’s visitor center. Arrowheads, pottery, tools, and jewelry are among the artifacts to be displayed at the Fort.

  • Leniency sought in pill mill sentence

    Leniency is being urged for a Roane County man involved in an East Tennessee prescription pill conspiracy.

    “He had never been in trouble prior to this event,” Kingston residents Mike and Linda Farmer said in a letter to Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan.

    Varlan is scheduled to sentence their son – Michael Puckett – on Wednesday at the federal courthouse in Knoxville.


    A Kingston youngster’s snow “cleanup” last week caused a media frenzy that reached New York City almost as quickly as the monster snowstorm itself.

    Three-year-old Sam Curry operated his custom bulldozer ride-on toy following last Wednesday’s snow, and his mother, Carrie, snapped several photos near the family’s Eblen Circle home.

    She shared the shots with local and regional media outlets, and the shot made its print debut on the front page of last Friday’s Roane County News.

  • Clerk lets down hammer in robbery attempt

    Eugene Heller, a cashier at the KenJo Market on Gallaher Road, didn’t comply when a robber ordered him to fork over money at gunpoint Wednesday morning.

    “The guy comes in, pulls a gun on the clerk and demands money,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said.

    “The clerk reaches down like he’s getting money, gets a large hammer, raises up and strikes the guy on the arm.”

    Washam said the robber fled the store at that point, but Heller wasn’t finished.

  • Man jailed for role in fatal crash

    A fatal wreck that occurred in Roane County in 2013 has landed a Lenoir City man behind bars.

    Otto Joseph Flachbart III was indicted by the Roane County grand jury on Feb. 23, 2015, for one count of vehicular homicide by intoxication. He was picked up at the Loudon County Jail on Tuesday and brought to the Roane County Jail, where he remained in custody Thursday afternoon on a $20,000 bond.

    The fatal wreck occurred on Sept. 15, 2013 on Hwy. 327.