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  • The many hats of ‘Brillo’ Miller

    Rockwood Mayor-elect Mike “Brillo” Miller said he doesn’t foresee city business overlapping with the goings-on of the county school system.

    Miller, who works for Rockwood Electric Utility, is in the midst of another four-year term on the Roane County Board of Education. He will take over as city mayor on Dec. 1.

    “It’s not a city school system,” Miller said. “It’s a county school system, so it will have no bearing on it whatsoever.”

  • Judge race contest not over

    Kingston lawyer Tom McFarland isn’t done contesting the Aug. 7 election.

    He’s appealing Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood’s decision to throw out his lawsuit that sought to have Mike Pemberton’s win in the 9th Judicial District circuit court judge race voided.

    McFarland filed the notice of appeal on Nov. 5.

    Pemberton and McFarland were the only candidates in the judge’s race. Pemberton received 343 more votes than McFarland in the four-county district.

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  • Interstate Spa looked at for prostitution

    Law enforcement investigating prostitution and possible human trafficking descended at the Interstate Spa off of South Gateway Avenue Wednesday.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office, Rockwood Police Department, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office officials and Homeland Security Investigations were among those that swooped down at the establishment.

    Because of the ongoing investigation, police didn’t have much to say early on.

  • Gas leak results in detour in Harriman

    Parents picking up their children at Bowers Elementary School in Harriman were routed around a gas leak on Ruritan Road Tuesday afternoon.

    A portion of Ruritan Road was closed off for several hours because of the leak.

    Officials said contractors tearing down an old barber shop/apartments apparently didn’t tap off the gas lines, and demolition caused a gas leak.

    “I was there until 6:40 p.m.” said Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Dr. Rywell’s Tenn. apple stack cake re-re-revisited

    Gentle reader, there comes a time when repeating oneself is no longer repetition but instead tradition.

    Thus it is with our annual holiday column about our beloved Tennessee Apple Stack Cake, also known in this area as “Fruit Cake.”

    As we have said many times before, what is being offered in some grocery stores as apple stack cake is not our Tennessee Apple Stack Cake.

  • Court fee put off at public defender’s request

    A resolution calling for a new $12.50 fee on criminal cases was withdrawn from Monday night’s Roane County Commission meeting agenda.

    Commission Chairman James Brummett said 9th Judicial District Public Defender Kim Nelson requested that the resolution be pulled.

    According to the resolution, the $12.50 fee would “defray cost of legal representation and support services provided indigent defendants in criminal procedures.”

  • Student hurt in intramural game

    A Roane State baseball player was flown to University of Tennessee Medical Center after a serious head injury during an intramural football game Tuesday.

    Ben Redden, 20, of Harriman, was taken to UT Medical Center, while Jordan Huddleston, 19, Kingston, was treated at the scene.

    “Ben and Jordan collided while jumping for the ball during an intramural flag football game,” said Owen Driskill, a Roane State spokesman. “Roane State personnel monitoring the game called 911.”

  • Roane Countian killed in South of the River accident

    A Ten Mile man was killed in a car accident on Nov. 7.

    The accident happened South of the River around 8 p.m.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Paul McGinnis was traveling south on Johnson Church Road when he crossed into the northbound lane and struck a car driven by Sally Coad.

    McGinnis, 49, was killed. Coad and her passenger, Warren Coad, were not injured.

    McGinnis wasn’t wearing a seat belt. Trooper Alexander Evans investigated the crash.

  • Band gives commissioners a treat