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  • Harriman Labor Day worth a Hooray



    Hooray for Harriman added a expensive twist to this year’s Labor Day festival, but it was the exhibitors who paid the price.

    The festival’s first European auto show showcased a number of foreign cars, and their combined total worth was estimated in the seven-figure range.

    “We had about 20 to 25 cars here,” event coordinator Chris Ahler said. “[Their worth] was over a million [dollars].”

    He said the average cost of the vehicles is around $50,000 a piece.

  • Weekend brought in with a bang



    A section of Tennessee Chapel Circle was blocked off Friday afternoon as law enforcement — including the bomb squad of the Knox County Sheriff Office — detonated a live grenade.

    A South of the River first-responder vehicle blocked traffic from approaching the property and its white cinderblock-framed home, shed and wood pile.

    A loud explosion shook the air when the grenade was detonated somewhere on the property.

  • No fall fest in Rockwood this year



    Autumn is almost here, which means many cities and organizations are in the throes of planning fall festivals.

    Rockwood, however, won’t be one of them.

    As of right now, there are no plans this year for Rockwood’s Family Fall Festival.

    According to Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller, no one has volunteered to organize the event this year.

    “Nobody’s stepped up,” he said.

  • Feds nab 5 on drug charges



    A dirty car is what prompts most people to visit a car wash.

    Federal authorities, however, contend that Ralph O’Neal had a different motive for driving to the Free Spirit Car Wash in Midtown in March.

    That motive was to allegedly sell crack cocaine.

    That could turn out to be a life-changing trip for O’Neal, because the person he is said to have sold to was a confidential source working with the FBI.

  • Thunder Road town to vote on liquor



    Rockwood may be getting a little wetter — and it’s not due to the recent downpours brought by Tropical Storm Fay.

    Two petitions were circulating in the town that celebrates its moonshing and bootlegging past with a Thunder Road festival.

    One petition would allow residents to vote on whether to allow package stores to sell liquor; another petition calls for a vote to allow liquor by the drink.

  • Dems focus on local races



    The Roane County Democratic Party held a grand opening for its party headquarters on Aug. 18.

    As of Thursday morning, there were still no Barack Obama signs in the windows.

    “That’s a pretty easy one, isn’t it,” said Monty Lankford, the Republican challenging Lincoln Davis for his 4th District congressional seat. “Who’d want to be tied to Barack Obama?”

  • Affidavit not necessary in ethics cases



    People who file complaints with the Roane County Ethics Committee do not need a signed affidavit.

    That’s the opinion of County Attorney Tom McFarland.

    He was asked for his opinion on the matter after attorney J. Polk Cooley suggested complainants needed a signed affidavit attached to their complaints.

    McFarland said that only applies to the Tennessee Ethics Commission and not the local ethics committee.

  • Ruppe, Kilby meet with Britain's Consul General


    Her Majesty’s Consul General Martin Rickerd came to Morgan County last week to meet with Sen. Tommy Kilby and County Executive Becky Ruppe to discuss bio-fuels.

    “Mr. Rickerd’s visit was to discuss alternative fuels, energy sources and different possibilities of the United Kingdom and the United States doing energy related businesses together,” Ruppe said in a press release.

    Ruppe said Rickerd was especially interested in the Northington Energy bio-diesel plant which is under construction in Flat Fork Business Park.

  • Lancing Festival is Saturday


    Morgan County News Editor

    They’ve been planning for months and the weekend for the Second Annual Lancing Festival is almost here.

    Lots of great activities are planned throughout the day beginning at 11 a.m. when the festival opens.

    New this year will be a special storytelling session to record (both audio and video) your memories of Lancing. That session will begin at 1 p.m. in the Presbyterian Church, and everyone is invited to come, listen and participate.

  • Shuler skeptics critical of TVA ties, deal



    What does a North Carolina congressional race have to do with Roane County?

    Plenty, if you’re Heath Shuler.

    The Democratic congressman, who represents North Carolina’s 11th District, has been catching flak lately for a deal involving one of his companies and TVA.

    The controversy involves a business deal with an agency Shuler helps oversee.

    He serves on the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.