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  • Slip of tongue brings criticism for state rep. candidate Calfee

    Republican Kent Calfee is being chided about his Democratic past by one of his opponents in the November election.

    “Although he was a Democrat for years and years and years, apparently he’s seen the light,” Democrat Jack McNew said. “But I know early on in the primary, and I don’t know if he’s soothed people’s fears or not, there was some concern that maybe he wasn’t as Republican as he’s claiming to be.”

    Calfee defeated Julia Hurley in the Aug. 2 Republican Primary.

  • Woman killed in wreck

    A 42-year-old Roane County mother was killed in a car crash on Saturday.

    The wreck happened around 3 p.m.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol fatality report, Teresa Duff was traveling south on Gallaher Road in a 2003 Kia Sorento when she ran off the road.   

    “The driver overcorrected and went across both lanes of the roadway to the left,” the report said.

  • Roane joins 911 suit against AT&T

    Roane County E-911 and several other 911 districts across Tennessee are suing AT&T, alleging the telecommunications giant broke state law by failing to collect, report and remit charges the districts rely on to operate.

    “In so doing, the defendant has purposefully deprived the district of the revenue it needs to provide its critical, life-saving 911 emergency services within Roane County,” the lawsuit said.  

    AT&T’s motivation, the lawsuit alleged, was to gain a competitive advantage.

  • Tax evader asked to resign

    A Rockwood Water Sewer and Natural Gas Board member has been asked to step down following charges of sales tax evasion in August.

    William Edward “Eddie” Lee entered a guilty plea to three counts of sales tax evasion for each of his three businesses: Big E’s Quick Mart, Go-Mart in Harriman, and Big E’s Tobacco Outlet in Kingston for the period between January 2006 and December 2008.

    Lee was put on eight years probation and granted judicial diversion but must pay the state $280,752.52 in restitution — or $3,000 per month.

  • Pauper burial proposal on hold for now

    A resolution that called for Roane County to “appropriate money to pay for pauper burials/cremations” was deferred to County Attorney Tom McFarland.

    Commissioners made the move at Monday night’s regular meeting.  

  • Assistant prosecutor promoted

    Assistant District Attorney General Frank Harvey has been elevated to the position of deputy district attorney general.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said the promotion recognizes Harvey’s 30 years of service as a prosecutor with the Ninth Judicial District Attorney General’s Office.

    The district includes Roane, Loudon, Meigs and Morgan counties.

  • Kingston rejected on housing money request, will try again

    Kingston Council learned that the city’s latest Community Development Block Grant request was rejected, but that there’s hope that it may be tweaked and successfully resubmitted at the beginning of 2013.

    The city applied for a $500,000 CDBG grant earlier this year from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

    The housing rehab grant would have been used for fixing low-income homes in the Byrd Circle area; 22 of 38 homes on Byrd Circle reportedly submitted applications for rehab.

  • Roane looks at ‘pauper burials’

    A resolution that asks Roane County to “appropriate money to pay for pauper burials/cremations” is on the agenda for the commission’s meeting today – Monday.
    County Executive Ron Woody said the county has been paying Davis Funeral Home in Harriman to cremate “indigents” at the request of Medical Examiner William Bennett.
    “Various commissioners have asked why have we paid one funeral home and the other ones may have had indigents, too, and they’ve not been given that same opportunity,” Woody said.  

  • Councilman has dreams for Kingston

    Think of Kingston City Councilman Don White as a sort of salty country-boy version of Frank Sinatra, with strains of Ol’ Blue Eyes’ most famous recording lilting in the background.
    “Just like that song “My Way”,” said White, relaxing in the sunroom of his comfortable home off West Race Street. “I’ve done my whole life that way—my way.”

  • RWSG has extra to help the needy

    A Rockwood Water Sewer and Natural Gas program designed to help the less fortunate with their gas bills during the winter months hasn’t seen any disbursement of funds since March, but it’s not for lack of trying.
    RWSG manager Kim Ramsey said the Warm Thoughts Program has a significant balance. As of August, the balance was over $36,000.