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  • Kerley on track to stay as Harriman CFO

    Charles Kerley knows the ins and outs of Harriman’s finances after years of taking the knowledge and expertise he used at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to manage the city’s money.

    That expertise is why Harriman City Council appeared to be leaning on retaining Kerley as the city’s chief finance officer, a position created by a charter change in 2014 to replace the elected position of treasurer.

    Kerley has served as treasurer for more than a decade.

  • Boat races may stay, but not on July Fourth

    Kingston will likely give the annual boat races another chance next calendar year, but the races might not be held over the July Fourth holiday.

    The matter was discussed at both the City Council workshop and the regular Council meeting last month, in response to a memo written by Kingston City Manager David Bolling.

    “As we’ve discussed, and you’ve likely heard from others, this year’s 4th of July celebration left much to be desired,” Bolling’s memo began.

  • Public comment sought on Manhattan Project Park mission, founding

    The National Park Service and U.S. Department of Energy are inviting public review and comment on a draft Foundation Document for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

    The document is designed to affirm the park’s core mission and significance, key resources and values, and the interpretive themes that tell its stories.

  • ‘Tire separation event’ trouble on I-40


  • Kingston man arrested for heroin possession

    A Kingston man was reportedly found with suspected heroin and alprazolam last week.

    James Allen Agee, 36, faces multiple charges in the incident. He was arrested on Sept. 26.

    According to the warrant, Kenneth Colandro called 911 and reported a blue car with the trunk open was backed up to his house at 114 Cedar Brook Lane.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Michael Murphy said he found Agee passed out at the vehicle when he responded to the call.  

  • Rockwood mayor: ‘Nobody any more fair than we are’

    Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller wants citizens to know that he and City Council members are “more than fair.”

    He was responding to allegations made by Rockwood resident Roberta Dennis at last week’s regular monthly council meeting when he said that “there is nobody any more fair than we are.”

  • Meeting the new police chief


    CINDY SIMPSON/Roane Newspapers
    New Harriman Police Chief Derek Pacifico, left, meets with Harriman City Councilman Chris Ahler during last week’s meeting. It was Pacifico’s first meeting with officials since City Manager Kevin Helms selected him to lead the department. Pacifico officially starts on Oct. 17.

  • Suit: Judge hopeful posed as lawyer

    One of the candidates for Harriman city judge has been accused in a federal lawsuit of posing as an attorney and pretending to represent a murder suspect on his pending case.

    James Patrick Henry was formerly employed as a detective with Monroe County. A malicious prosecution lawsuit filed in 2013 by John Edward Dawson Jr. alleges Henry and others pretended to represent him, fabricated evidence, coerced witnesses and submitted perjured evidence in the case involving the 2006 homicide of Troy Green, whose body was found in Roane County.


    Monday was a big day for Carmichael Park in Oliver Springs, as it was a day that a new United States flag was presented and the park also received a Civil War marker in memory of Moses Naff.

    “It’s a real nice occasion,” said Julia Daniel, president of the Mayme Carmichael School Organization. “It’s beautiful everything that has taken place.”

    Carmichael Park sits on property that was once the home of the Oliver Springs Colored School. The Park is named after the school’s beloved teacher, Mayme Carmichael.

  • Explosives found at Poplar Creek; resident charged

    Explosive devices were reportedly discovered at a home on Poplar Creek Road Tuesday night.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said the devices along with a shotgun were found during the execution of a search warrant.

    “We had to call the Knox County Bomb Squad to come down,” he said.

    Phillips said Lewis Travis Seeber, 29, is facing charges in the incident. He was booked into the Roane County Jail just before midnight.

    His charges include unlawful possession of a firearm and simple possession.