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  • Unofficial Returns: Clinton, Huckabee lead Roane County

    In unofficial Roane County election returns, Hillary Clinton won at the polls for the Democrats and Mike Huckabee led the Republicans in Roane County. Also, both the Kingston and Harriman annexation referendums passed unanimously among the handful of voters involved. With all 25 precints in, the results follow:

    DEM Joe Biden 17 votes, 0.34%

    DEM HILLARY CLINTON 3,266 votes, 65.79%

    DEM Chris Dodd 6 votes, 0.12%

    DEM John Edward 391 votes, 7.88%

    DEM Mike Gravel 6 votes, 0.12%

    DEM Dennis Kucinich 9 votes, 0.18%

    DEM Barack Obama 1,239 votes, 24.96%

  • DUI charges gone against former deputy

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    An unavailable officer led to the dismissal of drunk-driving charges against former Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Randy Kirby last year.

    Kirby was fired by Sheriff Jack Stockton after the arrest last summer.

    According to court records, Patrolman Daniel Lantz of the Harriman Police Department was on medical leave and unable to appear in court when Kirby’s case was heard last September.

    The order of dismissal was issued by Loudon County General Sessions Court Judge William Russell.

  • Harriman mulls river resort proposal

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A developer has asked Harriman officials to allow him to turn a large piece of city property into a resort-style campground.

    Bill Wampler, a resident who has developed other area campgrounds, wants to put the campground on a large tract of land, some of which the Ten-nessee Eagles Radio Control Club uses as an airstrip.

    Wampler spoke at a city council workshop last week about the site on the northern end of town.

  • Stabbing suspect charged

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    A suspect has been charged in Friday night's stabbing on Duncan Hollow Road.

    Roane County Sheriff's Office Detective Greg Scalf said Ronnie Daniel contacted authorities shortly after the incident and later came in to be questioned.

    Daniel was arrested and charged with one count of aggravated assault and given a $10,000 bond.

    The incident occurred sometime around 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

    Scalf said Daniel and the victim were traveling together in a car when an argument ensued.

  • Hospital sale: Councilmen have unanswered questions

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Officials say there are still unanswered questions in a proposed agreement to merge Roane Medical Center and Covenant Health Inc.

    Although Covenant has given a formal offer to Harriman city officials, exhibits describing many financial figures are missing.

    “Jim (Gann, Roane Medical administrator) has been working on exhibits,” Councilman Mark Powers said.

    “I told Jim it would not pass this body without the exhibits,” he added.

  • Big winds blow through Roane

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Severe storms that blew through East Tennessee overnight Wednesday knocked trees and left many people without power around Roane County.

    For many, the storm only caused a little inconvenience.

    It was a bit more for Ken Beachamp of Newport Way in Kingston.

    On Thursday morning, crews were cutting away a large tree that had fallen on his garage overnight, and he was waiting for someone else to come put a big tarp over the hole.

  • Cha Cha: Seizure-detection dog helps girl with epilepsy

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Six-year-old Gracey Estes has a special friend who is always by her side.

    Her springer spaniel Cha Cha even goes to Kingston Elemenary School with her.

    The canine is more than just a companion; he also is a seizure-alert dog.

    Gracey was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was 3; she also suffers from cerebral palsy.

    Early last year, her family received help in the form of an 18-month-old dog.

  • Thursday is deadline to vote early

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    If you plan to vote early in the Presidential Preference Primary, time is running out. The deadline is Thursday, Jan. 31.

  • Hamby first to qualify for August

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    Most people’s minds are probably on the Presidential Preference Primary, but County Clerk Carol Hamby is preparing to make her first bid for election.

  • Aneurysm can't squelch 'Mayor Edith'

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    It may not be reflected in the Kingston City Council minutes, but you can be sure “Mayor Edith’s” absence from the audience has been noticed.

    Edith Miles, well known for her sense of humor and her dedication to all things Kingston, was sent to the hospital after suffering from a brain aneurysm about a month ago.

    “She’s probably attended more council meetings than any other person,” said Jack Muecke, a lifetime friend.