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    David Morgan’s mood started to perk up as soon as absentee and early voting totals were released at the Roane County Courthouse Thursday night.

    He had a lead on Teresa Kirkham and would go on to defeat the longtime incumbent in the race for property assessor.

  • Close vote puts Chris Ahler in Harriman post

    Interim Harriman City Councilman Chris Ahler holds onto his partial-term seat by a small margin, narrowly beating out second-place finisher Wayne Best by only eight votes.

    Ahler was appointed by Mayor Chris Mason to temporarily fill the seat vacated by former Councilman Chase Tedder, who left to take a park ranger position with the National Park Service.

  • Incumbents on school board, Wright back in

    District 2 will have a new representative on the Roane County Board of Education after this month.

    Danny Wright finished ahead of incumbent Frank Mee in last week’s election to take one of the district’s two seats.

    “I’m just honored that the people would give me the opportunity to serve on the school board,” Wright said. “I look forward to working with the other members and the County Commission to enhance education of the youth in Roane County.”

    Wright finished with 1,017 votes compared to 969 for Mee.

  • August 2012 election
  • August 2012 campaigning


    Last-minute campaigning outside the Roane County Courthouse has become an Election Day tradition. These road superintendent hopeful supporters hope their smiles and waves will give voters a last-minute pause to consider their candidate for the job.

  • Early voting, courthouse bad mix

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson is not a fan of having early voting at the Roane County Courthouse, where a number of elected officials have offices.
    “The current early voting situation provides what is perceived as an unfair advantage to these office holders,” Johnson said in a letter addressed to Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway.
    David Morgan, a candidate in this year’s race for property assessor, contended that incumbent Teresa Kirkham was campaigning from her office inside the courthouse during early voting.

  • Hines remains as Rockwood bldg. inspector

    Rockwood building inspector Jim Hines is safe from elimination — for now.
    Rockwood City Council voted to keep Hines, who was on the agenda to be eliminated at Vice Mayor Peggy Evans’ request.
    Mayor James Watts broke a tie vote on the issue, siding with Councilman Jason Jolly, Councilman Pete Wright and Councilwoman Jane Long.
    Cleanup was an issue brought up at the meeting, and Evans used that time to say she didn’t think Hines did enough to work with codes enforcement and dealing with overgrown lots and dilapidated buildings.

  • RSCC library to close temporarily

    The library at Roane State Community College’s main campus will be closed Tuesday, Aug. 7, through Friday, Aug. 10, while a new heating and air conditioning system is installed.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Living the athlete’s dream ... as seen on TV

    Like many of you, I’ve caught bits and pieces of the Olympics after work and in my down time.
    Watching the tail end of the USA women’s volleyball team’s match against China Wednesday brought back some strong memories of my long-gone days in sports.
    I have always been athletic. I played varsity tennis, basketball and volleyball in high school, earning me a “most athletic” title in the senior superlatives, and an unwanted “Superjock” nickname from otherwise well-intentioned friends.

  • Y-12 security breach shakes up feds

    A security stand down at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge could last into next week, according to the National Nuclear Security Administration.

    “All nuclear operations have been halted as we go through this security stand down,” NNSA spokesman Steven Wyatt said. “We expect this to be lifted next week.”

    A security breach occurred at the complex on Saturday, July 28, when three people were able to make their way into a protected area.