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  • ELECTION 2018: The race is on for U.S. Congress

    By Hugh Willett and David Doonan

    Candidates in the race for the 3rd Congressional District were in the area last week meeting with voters to deliver messages focused on health care and the economy.

    Republican Congressman Chuck Fleischmann and his Democratic challenger Dr. Danielle Mitchell are both hoping to align their pitches with voter concerns.

    Fleischmann was quick to point out the positive effects of the recent tax cut, which he claimed has benefitted both individuals and businesses in his district.

  • Can county find $68 million?

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody has crunched some numbers and come up with some estimates on what the County Commission will need to do should it choose to fund the school system’s $68 million building plan.

  • 2 up for trustee; Woody, Morgan for exec

    Roane County will have a new trustee come Sept. 1. Incumbent Wilma Eblen chose not to seek re-election this year.

    Nick Forrester and Chris Mason are vying to replace her. Bina Kirby, who works in the Trustee’s Office, qualified to run last month. Assistant Administrator of Elections Holly Cromwell said Kirby withdrew from the race Thursday morning.

    Election Day is Aug. 2.

  • Sheriff unopposed for 4th term

    Races for Roane County sheriff have sparked some heated contests over the years.

    “There’s been some really hot races,” Roane County Historian Robert Bailey said.

    That won’t be the case this year. Incumbent Jack Stockton was the only person to file to run for the office.

    “That’s amazing,” Bailey said. “It really is.”

    The deadline to file was noon Thursday. Stockton was in Franklin attending a Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association meeting.

  • Energy efficiency and a million-dollar fire truck

    A $900,000 ladder/pumper truck combination is among the items Rockwood is considering using approximately $6 million in borrowed funds to purchase.

    It would meet the needs of two vehicles, replacing a 1991 ladder truck and a 1976 pumper truck.

    “We’ll be able to combine these two with a new ladder pumper truck. We’ll pay $500,000 down,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

  • Roane cleans up on cleaning up

    Efforts to battle litter in Roane County are receiving recognition from state officials.

    The 2018 Annual Litter Grant Report from the Tennessee Department of Transportation highlights programs in use by Roane County to educate citizens about litter reduction.

    Litter grants are the primary funding mechanism for litter reduction and awareness programs conducted by the county Road Department, said Tony Brown, deputy road superintendent.

  • ‘People get mean’

    Business owners in Kingston are concerned about a lack of parking in the downtown area.

    Speaking during the public comment period of a recent City Council workshop, business owners said the parking situation is hurting their business.

    Kyrie Taylor, owner of Everly Blue women’s fashion boutique on North Kentucky Street, said the limited parking available to her customers is a concern.

    The problem is especially bad during days when court is in session, she said.

    “I felt like it was time to do something,” Taylor said.

  • File by noon, cell time

    Candidates for the Aug. 2 election have until noon Thursday to file their petitions with the Roane County Elections Office.

    “They were all instructed when they picked up their petition, noon on Thursday,” Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said. “If they show up at 12:01, they won’t be on the ballot.”

  • Accused scissor stabber complies after threat

    A suspect is accused of trying to stab a Kingston police officer with a pair of scissors. The incident happened last month.

    According to the warrant, Kingston Police Sgt. Tony Guy was investigating a call about a suspicious person in the North Kentucky Street area when he noticed a man sitting outside the post office.

    “The male subject saw me and took off down Stinnette Street in a hurried manner in the lane of travel,” the warrant said. “I pulled near the male. He looked at me and continued to walk away.”

  • Woman nabbed in pill sting

    Tiffany Danielle Stout, a 36-year-old Harriman woman, is facing a drug charge for allegedly trying to sell her prescription medication.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office report, the person she agreed to sell to on March 27 was an undercover officer.

    “The affiant, acting as a drug customer, contacted Stout via text message and inquired about purchasing medication,” Sheriff’s Office Detective Jason Mynatt wrote in the report. “Stout agreed to sell the affiant 12 Suboxone for $20 per pill at Kroger in Harriman.”