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  • Roane GOP looks forward to Trump’s presidency

    Tuesday was a good day to be a Republican.

    The party held onto its majorities in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate and Donald Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in the presidential race.

    “I’m glad Trump won,” Roane County Tea Party Chairman Val McNabb said.

  • Eureka poll workers big heroes

    An elderly poll worker at the Eureka precinct stopped breathing on Election Day.

    “I’m just grateful that we got her back and got her OK,” said Eddie Smith, who served as the officer of elections at the precinct on Tuesday.

    Smith said he and another worker at the precinct, Regina Durham, performed CPR on Phyllis Gutowski after she stopped breathing.

    “They saved me,” Gutowski said.

    The Eureka precinct is located at Asbury Chapel United Methodist Church. The incident happened around 1:30 p.m.

  • Harriman voters say no to hike in sales tax

    Harriman voters soundly defeated a referendum for a sales tax increase with a vote of 1,007 against and 715 for the measure.

    The referendum would have raised the city’s local sales tax rate from 2.5 to 2.75 percent, which officials estimated would cost consumers about 25 cents for a $100 purchase made in Harriman.

    Officials hoped it would raise more than $400,000 to go toward capital infrastructure needs.

    “I was hoping the residents would see what the tax was going to and support it,” said Mayor Wayne Best on Wednesday.

  • Calfee returned to state House with big vote of confidence

    Coming up with legislation to combat the opioid problem in Tennessee is something Kent Calfee would like to work on in the General Assembly.

    He’ll get that chance, because the voters of the 32nd District re-elected him to his seat in the Tennessee House of Representatives on Tuesday.

    “Now that the election is behind me, I really want to bear down on that and have some legislation ready that would help with that,” Calfee said. “I know that’s a huge problem.”

  • Wine sales in stores gets nod in Rockwood

    Rockwood residents may soon be seeing wine in their Walmart.

    Rockwood voters approved legal sale of alcohol in retail food stores with 988 in favor and 435 against the measure.

    The measure was put on the ballot after enough residents signed a petition.

    “Our customers tell us they want added convenience and choice when shopping for adult beverages,” said Anne Hatfield of Walmart’s corporate communications.

  • Stockton racks up highest votes for Kingston Council

    One incumbent and two newcomers will sit on the Kingston City Council beginning in December.

    Longtime council member and vice mayor Tony Brown was re-elected Tuesday, and Stephanie Wright and Tara Stockton were also top vote getters among the five-way race that included incumbents Norman Sugarman and John Byrkit.

    Vote tallies were 1,347 for Wright, 1,415 for Brown and 1,924 for Stockton.

    Sugarman received 1,165 votes and Byrkit had 711.

    It was the second time around for Wright, who had lost by 72 votes in a six-way race two years ago.

  • Fuller, Trew joining Jolly on Rockwood City Council

    Rockwood voters resoundingly supported Mike Fuller for Rockwood City Council.

    Fuller, whose late father is the namesake of Tom Fuller Park, was top vote getter with 1,013, followed by incumbent Jason Jolly, with 967 votes, and Shane Trew, who finished third with 606 votes.

    “I was pleasantly surprised. This is the first time I’ve ever done anything like this,” said Fuller.

    “I sure appreciate the votes, and I’ll do my best to do a good job for the residents, and I appreciate their support,” he said.

  • Election’s history, but OS is still one alderman down

    Oliver Springs residents in Ward 3 have no representation on the Oliver Springs Board of Aldermen.

    No one, including incumbent Omer Cox, ran for the seat, and town officials will address it in the future.

    “We’ll discuss our options at our next Council meeting,” said Mayor Cecil Crowe.

    One option would be to offer it to Cox, but Crowe said they could open it up to anyone interested.

    “We can go through and reappoint the current alderman … or we could go in and appoint somebody else,” Crowe said.

  • Roane County results for Yager, Travis, both uncontested in state bids

    State Senate 12th District

    Ken Yager (R) 18,000


    State House 31st District

    Ron Travis (R) 1,872

  • Calfee said support in state House bid 'means a lot to me'

    Kent Calfee is returning to the Tennessee House of Representatives for another term.

    The incumbent Republican easily defeated independent candidate Tyler Overstreet for the seat in the 32nd District, which includes parts of Roane and Loudon counties.

    “I appreciate all my friends that stuck with me, and I picked up support this time that I've never had before,” he said. “It means a lot to me, especially some of the people that came on board.”