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  • Kingston to consider final rezoning for car dealership

    Kingston City Council has placed a couple of zoning measures that could clear the way for a controversial new development on the Aug. 12 meeting agenda.

    The measures, which would rezone a 47-acre parcel near Davis and Dogwood Drives from residential to “controlled commercial,” passed unanimously on first reading in July.

    The measures must pass the second and final reading to take effect.

    A mandatory public hearing on the measures will be at 6:45 p.m. Aug. 12, prior to the full Council session at 7 p.m.

  • Election 2014: Best bests Harriman hopefuls as top vote-getter

    Wayne Best handily won a spot as one of three Harriman City Councilmen, joining two returning councilmen, Chris Ahler and Buddy Holley.

    The former Harriman fire chief, who resigned to spend time with family, previously served on City Council.

    He led the victors in unofficial votes last week.

    “I appreciate the trust and faith they put in me,” said Best.

    “I won’t let them down. I’ll stand up for the people of Harriman.”

  • Election 2014 Reporter's Notebook: ‘Just Mike’ off to judge school; city official wants TBI in on recount

    The Roane County Election Commission plans to certify the results of the election on Aug. 15, during a meeting at the courthouse.

    “All your totals are unofficial until they are certified,” Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said.

    Holiway said any candidate wishing to contest the results has to do so within five days after the results are certified.

    The meeting will start at 10 a.m.

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  • Election 2014: 4 more years for sheriff, county exec

    Incumbent Sheriff Jack Stockton easily beat his opponent, Jared Hall, in Thursday’s election.

    Stockton garnered 9,167 votes to Hall’s 3,183, according to unofficial returns.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody earned a second term, picking up 6,895 votes compared to 4,996 for Mike Farmer.

    Woody first won the seat in 2010, when he defeated Farmer, who was the incumbent county executive at that time.

    “I want to thank all my supporters, my family, friends and church members that helped us in this campaign,” Woody said.

  • Election 2014: Roane snags judgeship for Pemberton

    Despite losing three of the four counties, Mike Pemberton was still able to defeat Tom McFarland in the race for 9th Judicial District circuit court judge.

    Roane, the biggest county in the district, went for Pemberton by 1,118 votes — enough to carry him to victory.

    “We did it,” Pemberton told his supporters gathered at Jake’s Tavern and Grill Thursday night.

    “We did it the right way and, at least in this four-county race, you can do it the right way and you can be successful.”

  • Election 2014: Recount swings clerk's race

    Two fortunes were changed by Friday’s unexpected election recount.

    Ann Goldston went from apparent loser in the race for Roane County circuit court clerk to winner.

    It was vice versa for Sarah Stewart, who appeared to win the race by 197 votes when unofficial returns were totaled Thursday night.

    However, an anomaly uncovered by Roane County Commissioner Randy Ellis caused election officials to investigate if votes were missing.

    They discovered a mobile ballot card was left in a machine and wasn’t counted due to human error.

  • Goldston wins clerk's race in recount; Pemberton still tops McFarland
  • Vote recount underway; could affect judge, clerk, commission races

    Approximately 1,300 votes from the Harriman early voting site were not included in Thursday night's unofficial election returns.

    That has the potential to impact the outcome of multiple races, including 9th Judicial District circuit court judge, Roane County circuit court clerk, Roane County Commission Districts 2 and 6 and Harriman City Council.

  • More ash-spill money to be released

    TVA has a plan for the $1 million the Roane County Economic Development Foundation has long earmarked for public-image repair from the 2008 ash spill.

    The agency is proposing the funds be divided between Kingston, Harriman, Roane County and Rockwood.

    Under the proposal, Kingston and Harriman would each receive $375,000.

    The county would receive $150,000 and Rockwood would receive $100,000.

  • Gallaher murder trial moved again

    Three years have past since the death of David Harvey and Eric Gallaher has still not faced a jury. His trial that was scheduled for Tuesday in Roane County Criminal Court was postponed.

    The case has been postponed multiple times before.

    Gallaher’s attorney, Donice Butler, was recently suspended by order of the Tennessee Supreme Court.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said that’s the reason for the latest postponement.

    A new trial date will be set at the Aug. 15 docket sounding.