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Today's News

  • Month 3, and county leaders still waiting for Rep. Hurley to show

    Roane County Commission has waited for three months for state Rep. Julia Hurley to answer its request to attend its monthly meeting.

    The wait continues —  Hurley was again a no-show at last week’s June session.

    At the commission’s behest, Roane County Executive Ron Woody sent Hurley a letter requesting that she meet with the county’s leaders to explain why she didn’t file a bill pertaining to the Tiger Haven big-cat sanctuary on their behalf.

  • State rep on the job with Lenoir City utility group

    State Rep. Julia Hurley has a new career path besides public service.

    She’s now a customer service representative at Lenoir City Utility Board.

    “It’s just a part-time job. It is right down the road from my house,” said Hurley, who also has a home in Harriman with fiancé Chris Ahler.

    She began working a few weeks ago.

    “I guess about two Mondays ago; it has been about two weeks,” Hurley said Thursday.

  • Three charged in meth lab find

    Three people were arrested after an active meth lab was seized in a vehicle early Friday morning on Bowman Bend Road near Kingston.

    Justin Eric Ybarra of 122 Morris St., Harriman, along with Ashleigh Samantha Hargis of 144 Ross Williams Road, Lancing, and James Dwight Warren of 5426 Nashville Hwy., Deer Lodge, were arrested for charges of manufacturing, developing and selling controlled substances.

  • Brummett back in as alderman in OS

    He decided not to seek reelection, but it looks like Oliver Springs Alderman James Brummett may be around for a while.

    Brummett originally decided not to run for re-election to avoid any conflict of interest with his other seat as Roane County Commissioner.

    He said last week he will stay in his alderman seat another term after Deneise Terry, the only candidate who sought his seat, was found ineligible.

  • Kingston to swear in new councilmen

    A swearing-in ceremony for newly elected Kingston City Council members will be at 10 a.m. July 1 at Fort Southwest Point in Kingston.
    Kingston City Attorney Jack H. “Sandy” McPherson Jr. will administer the oaths of office.
    Outgoing council members Teresa Nichols and Brant Williams will receive plaques in appreciation of their service to the city.

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Amber H. Clark, speeding Jan. 4. Traffic ticket paid March 1.
    Regional O. Skinner, financial responsibility Jan. 5. Dismissed March 14, cost to state.
    Lorenzo A. Flores III, speeding Jan. 5. Traffic ticket paid March 17.
    Cody T. McKinney, speeding Jan. 6. Traffic ticket paid March 2.
    Elizabeth W. Wormsley, speeding Jan. 6. Traffic ticket paid March 3.

  • Property Transfers

    Property deed transfers in Roane County from May 17-20:
    From LTR Properties Inc. to RCCA Co. Inc. by quit-claim deed, Dist. 3, Rarity Ridge, sub-area E, Lot 242, Phase 3, $0.
    From Miranda Brooke Smith, Carrie Faith Miller and Bradford Randall Smith Estate to Carol L. Smith by quit-claim deed, Dist. 5, Old Club House Road, $0.

  • TWRA releases walleye into Watts Bar Lake

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has established a walleye stocking program in the Watts Bar Reservoir by recently releasing more than 220,000 fingerlings in the lake. The young walleye were raised at the Eagle Bend Fish Hatchery and were stocked in various locations around the reservoir to augment sauger stocking in Watts Bar.

  • Roane State camp draws large crowd

    Roane State women’s basketball head coach Monica Boles had a busy week last week as she along with several assistants hosted the 2011 Roane State Raiderette Basketball Camp.

  • Divided loyalties: How to be true to two schools

    My 35th high school reunion is this summer. Both of them, actually.

    I grew up in the Franklin County school system in Frankfort, Ky., until the middle of my junior year.

    After my father took a promotion in Cincinnati, the family moved to the Boone County, Ky., school system just across the Ohio River from the big Queen City.

    I grew up with the kids from the Franklin County schools, including my first two and a half years at the high school there.