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Today's News

  • Lawyer claims gunfire at cat sanctuary

    Tiger Haven neighbor Toby Rhynehart and his attorney allege shots were being fired inside the big-cat sanctuary last week.

    They called police, although they don’t believe shots were being fired at them.

    Rhynehart faces a reckless endangerment charge for allegedly shooting at Tiger Haven on May 14, 2013. He denies the charge, insisting he was shooting at a private range built on his 114-acre farm that abuts Tiger Haven.

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  • Vanderbilt study sheds light on the origins of breast cancer

    A protein essential for growth of normal breast tissue also may play a role in breast cancer, Vanderbilt University researchers have found.

    Reporting recently in Nature Cell Biology, Yongliang Huo and Ian Macara for the first time describe the function of a protein called Par3L, which is expressed by a gene Macara and colleagues discovered at the University of Virginia in 2002.

    Par3L is very similar to another protein, Par3, which functions as a polarity protein.

  • Election 2014: Recount swings clerk's race

    Two fortunes were changed by Friday’s unexpected election recount.

    Ann Goldston went from apparent loser in the race for Roane County circuit court clerk to winner.

    It was vice versa for Sarah Stewart, who appeared to win the race by 197 votes when unofficial returns were totaled Thursday night.

    However, an anomaly uncovered by Roane County Commissioner Randy Ellis caused election officials to investigate if votes were missing.

    They discovered a mobile ballot card was left in a machine and wasn’t counted due to human error.

  • Election 2014: Roane snags judgeship for Pemberton

    Despite losing three of the four counties, Mike Pemberton was still able to defeat Tom McFarland in the race for 9th Judicial District circuit court judge.

    Roane, the biggest county in the district, went for Pemberton by 1,118 votes — enough to carry him to victory.

    “We did it,” Pemberton told his supporters gathered at Jake’s Tavern and Grill Thursday night.

    “We did it the right way and, at least in this four-county race, you can do it the right way and you can be successful.”

  • Election 2014: 4 more years for sheriff, county exec

    Incumbent Sheriff Jack Stockton easily beat his opponent, Jared Hall, in Thursday’s election.

    Stockton garnered 9,167 votes to Hall’s 3,183, according to unofficial returns.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody earned a second term, picking up 6,895 votes compared to 4,996 for Mike Farmer.

    Woody first won the seat in 2010, when he defeated Farmer, who was the incumbent county executive at that time.

    “I want to thank all my supporters, my family, friends and church members that helped us in this campaign,” Woody said.

  • Election 2014: Best bests Harriman hopefuls as top vote-getter

    Wayne Best handily won a spot as one of three Harriman City Councilmen, joining two returning councilmen, Chris Ahler and Buddy Holley.

    The former Harriman fire chief, who resigned to spend time with family, previously served on City Council.

    He led the victors in unofficial votes last week.

    “I appreciate the trust and faith they put in me,” said Best.

    “I won’t let them down. I’ll stand up for the people of Harriman.”

  • THP sets sobriety checks in Roane

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol is planning to conduct a couple of sobriety checkpoints on Roane County roads in August.

    A sobriety roadside checkpoint is planned for the week of Aug. 24 on Hwy. 58 at the new bridge.

    The second sobriety roadside checkpoint will be on the week of Aug. 31 on Hwy. 70 at Caney Creek Road.

    Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 others every year in the United States, said a release from the THP.

  • Heritage Commission gala slated Sept. 13

    The annual Roane County Heritage Commission Gala on the Lawn will take place beginning at 6 p.m. Sept. 13 at the historic Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.

    This year’s Heritage Commission honoree will be Eugene Pickel.

    Proceeds from the annual event go toward refurbishing the historic Roane County Courthouse, one of only seven antebellum courthouses remaining in Tennessee.

    Contact Stephanie Wright at 803-9778 or stephanie.wright@era.com for details.

  • Donation a Leffew tradition

    Siblings Brock and Kiera Leffew of Kingston started a birthday tradition last year, when they asked family and friends to make donations to The Dream Connection in lieu of buying them gifts.

    The tradition continued this year, with party-goers at the siblings’ pool party at Kingston Community Center giving more than $600 — triple last year’s donation — to the charity.

    The Dream Connection is an East Tennessee-based children’s charity that fulfills dreams of children who are faced with life-threatening or debilitating illnesses.