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  • ‘They saved my life, without question’

    Chasity Pennington didn’t plan on getting her mammogram last year.
    It’s a good thing she did. If she hadn’t, it might have been too late to help her today.
    “To me, it is God’s work,” the Oliver Springs woman said. “If I had waited even a year, the outcome would have been totally different.”

    Pennington was diagnosed and treated for an aggressive form of breast cancer shortly after her mammogram by the University of Tennessee Medical Center mobile mammography unit.

  • Renaissance Fest over first hurdle on property lease

    Darkhorse Designs’ Lars Paulson is anxious to get started with work on the land he hopes to make a permanent renaissance festival in Harriman.
    Lars and wife Barrie Paulson got approval last week of a non-binding letter of intent regarding 86 acres in what is called the Harriman industrial park property off Fiske Road.
    The couple plan to bring a contract for a 10-year lease of the property with an option to buy it to a coming Harriman City Council meeting.
    The Paulsons have financial backers and hope to have a festival up and going by next May.

  • Lawyer indicted on sex charges

    Kent Booher, a lawyer from Harriman, was indicted in Loudon County on Monday on several sex charges.

    Booher was indicted on three counts of aggravated statutory rape, one count of solicitation of a minor and one count of aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor.  
    “It’s a surprise to me,” Kingston attorney Chris Cawood said. “I know him. I always thought he was a good guy and it’s really shocking to hear that.”
    Booher does criminal defense work in Roane County Criminal Court.

  • Harriman man gets 8 years in guilty plea for selling drugs

    Carleton Goins had a chance to face a jury on Tuesday.
    Instead, he decided to plead guilty to charges of selling cocaine.

    “A lot of these guys tend to think that we’re not able to get our confidential informants to trial,” Assistant District Attorney General Bill Reedy said. “When they find out we can, they change their mind.”
    Reedy said Goins was sentenced to eight years in prison. The case stemmed from a 2009 indictment.

  • No proof co-worker tainted Mountain Dew

    The case against the woman accused of poisoning her co-worker’s Mountain Dew in 2011 was dismissed Thursday morning in Roane County Criminal Court.
    Assistant District Attorney General Bill Reedy said the state didn’t have any proof to substantiate the reckless endangerment charge against Ashley Nicole Carroll.
    “We were never able to develop the identity of what the substance was alleged to be,” he said.
    “There’s no proof at all, medical or otherwise, so it had to be nolle prossed” or dismissed.

  • December opening eyed for Boys, Girls Club

    A Boys and Girls Club opening in Roane County may be as close as mid-December, but organizers need community support.
    The Roane County Boys and Girls Club Unit Advisory Board is kicking off a Founders’ Campaign at the Hooray for Harriman Labor Day Festival.
    However, anyone can donate now or in the future.
    “All funds raised from the Founders’ Campaign stays right here in Roane County,” said board chairman Mike Dishman. “We are ready. I cannot wait to cut a ribbon.”

  • WHOOPS!: Steakhouse actually for New York

    A new restaurant looking for employees in Midtown is not talking about Midtown, Tenn., despite what job postings might indicate.
    Job seekers have gone to websites like Indeed.com and seen postings like a dining room manager advertised for Midtown, Tenn.
    A link then takes them to a website talking about NYY Steak Midtown.
    Coyne Public Relations officials say the restaurant is opening in Midtown  Manhattan, which is an upscale area of New York City.
    NYY Steak, under the Hard Rock Restaurant umbrella, is a New York Yankee-themed eatery.

  • Jail-fence fix about $20,000

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said jail inmates have become quite resourceful at making holes in the fence at the exercise yard.

    The problem could cost thousands of dollars to fix.
    “Once they get in a semi-circle and somebody starts working the fence, it’s easy to manipulate,” Stockton said. “They’ve actually got now where they can pull the strips out on each end of the fencing and you can just slide it back.”

  • More money added to county schools budget

    The Roane County Commission approved a budget amendment for Roane County Schools by an 11-3 vote Monday.
    In July, the Board of Education made cuts to the school budget after the commission refused the board’s request for a property tax rate increase. The commissioners approved allowing school officials to take $447,218 from their instructional reserves.

  • Former Houston lawyer takes Bayside owner’s assault case

    Bayside Marina owner Alan Lee Schneider has retained Athens attorney Randy G. Rogers in his aggravated assault case.
    His previous attorney, Terry L. Stevens II of Kingston, was allowed to withdraw in May.
    Rogers notified the court in June that he would be representing Schneider.
    Rogers represented Rocky Houston when he faced first-degree murder charges for the 2006 deaths of Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Jones and his ride-along Mike Brown.