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  • Property assessor's attorney says law calls for affidavit

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    The Roane County Ethics Committee ground to a halt Thursday night in its discussion of several complaints filed against Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham.

    The reason was questions about whether complainants needed a signed affidavit attached to their complaints, a question raised by Kirkham’s attorney, J. Polk Cooley.

    Cooley contended rules for the Tennessee Ethics Commission require a signed affidavit. He believes that mandate is also applicable to the county entity.

  • Mystery industry coming to Harriman?

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    >Harriman may be close to recruiting an industry to locate in what is referred to as the Harriman industrial park.

    Mayor Chris Mason recently updated the city council on an industry that has expressed interest in coming to the area. He said industry representatives contacted him about plans to send a letter of intent to purchase the property from the city.

  • Leon Houston gets new trial date

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Houston brothers Leon and Rocky have a history of being close, but that didn’t sway a judge this week on their request to be tried together for murder.

    The Houstons were at the Roane County Courthouse Tuesday on a variety of motions — including one to retry Leon when Rocky is tried for murder in November.

    Both men are charged with first-degree murder in the 2006 shooting deaths of Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Jones and his friend and ride-along passenger Mike Brown.

  • Ruppe-Yager campaign heating up

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    While one campaign season has ended, others are about to crank up.

    Not only is this a presidential election year, but there’s also a heated state senate campaign on the horizon.

    Republican Ken Yager and Democrat Becky Ruppe are running to fill the 12th District state senate seat being vacated by Tommy Kilby.

    The two candidates stumped through Roane County last Thursday, even though they were unopposed in the state primary.

    Some pundits say the race has the potential to turn bitter.

  • Four airlifted from Rockwood wreck

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    An automobile accident Monday had Rockwood beach looking more like a busy helicopter landing zone.

    Four people were airlifted to the hospital following a single-car accident on New Hope Road between 8 and 8:30 p.m.

    Officials say two men and two women were airlifted to the University of Tennessee Medical Center by three different helicopters at nearby Rockwood Beach.

  • Tax Rate held at $2.99

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Morgan County Commissioners have adopted a budget for the 2008-09 fiscal year but it wasn’t exactly the budget that the budget committee sent forward.

    The budget does not include “big raises” for a select few supervisors but it does give all county employees a two-percent pay increase.

    Some commissioners like Susie Kries explained during Monday night’s meeting that the budget committee considered some increases “pay adjustments” rather than pay raises.

  • School budget cut $40,000

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    The Morgan County Board of Education will meet in a special session Thursday evening to attempt to balance its budget.

    County commissioners cut an additional $40,000 of the school budget Monday night but Director of Schools Mike Davis said Tuesday morning that there’s more problems than that.

  • Roane on route of run for war dead

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A group of runners made their way through Roane County Thursday morning in memory of members of the U.S. Armed Forces who lost their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    The relay team with Run for the Fallen started the trek in Fort Irwin, Calif., and will end it at the gates to Arlington National Cemetery.

    The run will cover more 4,000 miles and 13 states before it finishes on Aug. 24, accord-ing to a release.

  • Nunley tackles all open trails in Smoky Mts.

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Breathtaking views, the serenity of wind-rustled leaves and the feeling of accomplishment from a task well done made a physically demanding challenge a constant pleasure for one Kingston man.

    Earlier this year, Cliff Nunley completed his goal of hiking all of the open trails of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

    Nunley hikes for the joy of being outside. He at first didn’t worry about hiking the entire park.

  • Swan Pond water issues may be resolved

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    A heated discussion over water or lack thereof erupted at the Kingston City Council meeting Tuesday night.

    Swan Pond Road residents asked the council for help in getting them pressurized water.

    Weve been trying to get water for over 20 years, said Randy Ellis, who was representing his 85-year-old grandmother.

    City manager Jim Pinkerton said some residents are able to access the city's gravity line but do not get the pressure they need.