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  • High court to weigh in on Harriman vs. Kingston

    How will five Tennessee Supreme Court justices interpret annexation law?

    Officials in Harriman and Kingston will find out when their legal representatives argue before the state’s highest court over a stretch of turf along Hwy. 70.

    The Supreme Court has agreed to hear Kingston’s petition, Harriman City Attorney Harold Balcom said last week. Kingston is seeking to overturn a lower court decision that found in favor of Harriman.

  • Foster in hacker plight on retreat

    A day reserved for meditation during a spiritual retreat in Boston quickly turned stressful for Kara Foster.

    The Rockwood First Christian Church pastor found herself in upheaval when she realized friends and family were receiving e-mails from someone claiming to be her. Someone who was mugged in London and desperate for money to get home.

    With her mind at ease and her cell phone on silent, Foster said she kept getting calls while she was in the midst of her day of silence.

  • Developers' latest move a 'publicity stunt,' attorney says

    A red herring.

    That’s what Harriman City Attorney Harold Balcom called a motion to dismiss filed for Site Inc., David Robinette, D-K Properties II LLC, Steve H. Kirkham, Jerry Duncan and Judy Duncan in a lawsuit and countersuit concerning who owes whom on a project involving public and private property.

    “It is a public publicity stunt to indicate to the general public, ‘Oh, we can’t be held responsible,’” Balcom said.

  • Stockton aims to stay the course with public service

    When is the last time an incumbent sheriff in Roane County had just one opponent?

    Prior to the 2010 election, you would have to go back more than 30 years to find an example.

    “That was odd,” Sheriff Jack Stockton said, of this year’s race in which he faced just one opponent. “I don’t remember a one-on-one race.”

    The sheriff’s race usually has a crowded field. When Stockton won his first term in 2006, he was one of six candidates.  

  • Adventure’s beyond the roll of the dice, and the story forms characters’ fate in Dungeons & Dragons

    An epic adventure awaits with magical adventures, twists and turns in a participant-shaped story.

    Members of the Roane State Dungeoneers meet weekly on the main campus of Roane State Community College for Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, a role-playing game involving a story, dice and tiny representations of characters on a playing board, or battle-grid pieces.

    Dungeon Master Michael Golebiewski helps tell the stories and aids players in making the decisions on what to do.

  • Downtown improvement plan solidified

    Empty and deteriorating buildings that take up part of a block on Roane Street in Harriman may not be far from a facelift.
    Mayor Chris Mason said city officials are almost ready to give the Harriman Housing Authority the nod to give the property’s owner, Fikret Gencay, notice to either come up with a plan of action to remedy the buildings’ problems or the buildings will be taken and given to someone who will.

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  • 'You've got you a monster': Rockwood council seizes control of water board

    Rockwood City Council officially wrested control of three city-owned utilities Tuesday by disbanding the board that governs them.

    By a 4-2 vote, council members approved an ordinance on second and final reading that puts the council and mayor over the operations of Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas. The ordinance overwrites the city’s municipal code and allows all six council members and the mayor to sit as the board.

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  • First Operation REACH roadblock planned Saturday

    Fundraising efforts have begun for Operation REACH.

    A road block is planned for Saturday.

    Additional road blocks and other fundraising events are planned in the coming weeks, REACH president Bobby Collier said.

    REACH is an acronym for Roane Enriches Another Child’s Holiday. The program, in its 35th year, gives less-fortunate children the chance to go Christmas shopping.