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  • Marty Miles: Didn’t know about $9,250 fine

    An Oct. 27, 2009, order issued by the Tennessee Ethics Commission says that Marty Miles was fined $9,250 for failing to timely file a disclosure of interest statement when he was a Kingston city councilman.

    Miles said this week that he’d never seen or heard of such an order.

    “I’m not going to argue with the order, but it says there was a hearing, and I wasn’t a part of that hearing,” he said. “I can assure you that I didn’t get anything on this.”

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  • Prank closes downtown Harriman

    Harriman police closed off part of downtown Saturday evening after an elaborate 911 call prank alleging a man had killed his wife in the Roane Street apartment they shared.

    “The guy in Harriman, he didn’t do anything wrong,” said Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle. “He’s actually the victim.”

  • Motorist topped 110 mph on Hwy. 70, police say

    A high speed chase ended badly for a 27-year-old man on June 21.

    Kingston Assistant Police Chief Gary Nelson said he was on patrol at the intersection of Paint Rock Ferry Road and Hwy. 70 early that morning when an SUV swerved into his lane.

    Nelson said the SUV didn’t stop when he turned on his emergency lights.

  • Students sharpen skills
  • Murder charge dropped

    The inability to locate a key witness led to a drastic move in the Ralph O’Neal murder case on Monday.

    “We would ask that you allow us to enter a dismissal,” Assistant District Attorney General Alyson Kennedy told Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen.

    Eblen, who appeared surprised, granted the request.

    “We have no objection,” O’Neal attorney Bob Vogel said.

    And with that, the case was over.

  • August ballot has final edit

    The ballot for the Aug. 7 election is set, Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway announced on Friday.

    “We got them in today,” he said. “We’ll be mailing them out to people that have requested absentee ballots starting at the beginning of the week.”

  • Harriman mayor doesn’t want tax increase this year

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason doesn’t plan on a tax increase when he proposes a budget to the Harriman City Council.

    Mason has said in the last two years that a tax increase will become necessary, but he’s stretching the pennies for now.

    “We are trying to make it to 2016,,” said Mason.

    That is when the city will come out from under its debt obligation for money borrowed for infrastructure in Midtown’s Pinnacle Pointe shopping center.

    He estimates that will free up about $350,000 in cash flow.

  • Natural gas provider sees growth in Kingston area

    If utility stats are any indication, Kingston is doing pretty well in relation to the rest of East Tennessee during hard economic times.

    That was one of the takeaways from a presentation by Oak Ridge Utility District General Manager Ben Andrews to Kingston City Council in June. ORUD provides natural gas to Kingston and other parts of eastern Roane County. Andrews came in June to give council his annual report.

  • Airport work continues