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Today's News

  • Another motion to dismiss McFarland judge suit

    Mike Pemberton isn’t the only one who wants Tom McFarland’s election lawsuit thrown out.

    The Tennessee Attorney General’s Office does as well.

    McFarland lost to Pemberton in the race for 9th Judicial District circuit court judge in the Aug. 7 election.

    He responded by suing Pemberton, the Roane County Election Commission and Tennessee Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins.

    The Tennessee Attorney General’s Office represents the commission and Goins.

  • Sound Aviation supplying plane parts from new Roane facility

    Sound Aviation, an airplane parts supplier, celebrated the opening of its Roane County facility on Friday.

    “We’re very happy to be here in a new community that’s welcoming us with open arms,” Vice President of Sales Jason Blom said.

    The facility is on Cardiff Valley Road in the Roane County Industrial Park. The company also has a facility in Kings Park, N.Y.

  • Attorney General Holder’s resignation make some in Tenn. delegation happy

    The resignation of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was welcome news for some Tennessee lawmakers.

    Holder announced on Thursday that he would be stepping down from the position.

    “During his nearly six-year tenure, Eric Holder vastly overstepped his bounds as attorney general,” U.S. Congressman Chuck Fleischmann said.

    “From ‘Fast and Furious’ to his handling of the IRS targeting scandal, Holder abused the power of his office,” the Ooltewah Republican continued.

  • Voter forum to address Amendment 1

    A “vote ‘no’ on Tennessee Amendment 1” public voter forum will begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 30 in Michael Dunn Center at 629 Gallaher Road, Kingston.

    Mark Mohundro of Planned Parenthood will explain Amendment 1 to the Tennessee Constitution, which voters will decide on the Nov. 4 ballot. He will also answer questions from the audience.

    Information from the Tennessee League of Women Voters will be provided on Amendments 1 (abortion), 2 (judiciary), 3 (taxes) and 4 (gambling).

  • Armed Robbery suspects being sought

    Harriman Police Department is looking for suspects who robbed and assaulted a victim with a knife at the Eagle Food Mart, 909 Georgia St., Harriman.

    The armed robbery occurred around 6:45 a.m. Friday, Sept. 26, according to a release on the Harriman Police Department Facebook.

    The victim was transported to the hospital by ambulance and treated for the injuries sustained during the robbery. Money and other items were taken from the store.

  • Moonwalker joining undersea professors

    Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk on the moon, will be among the guests appearing this fall on Classroom Under the Sea, an online show hosted by two Roane State Community College educators living underwater for 73 days.

    He and another astronaut will talk about training under the sea for space missions.

    Roane State biology professor Bruce Cantrell and adjunct professor Jessica Fain will live and work in an underwater habitat from Oct. 3-Dec. 15. 

  • Schools spending details sought

    The School Liaison Committee — made up of Roane County commissioners and school board members — met several times before this year’s budget process got underway.

    Not once during those meetings did commissioners request a written plan on funding issues, Director of Schools Gary Aytes said.

    But they want one now, according to Roane County Executive Ron Woody.

  • Despite issues, jail likely to get state’s OK

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips expressed confidence the Roane County Jail will be certified by the Tennessee Corrections Institute later this year.

    The jail was inspected on July 29. A re-inspection occurred earlier this month after overcrowding issues were noted in the initial inspection.

    “Everything that we’re doing is within the Tennessee Corrections Institute guidelines,” Phillips said. “The only thing that they showed us deficient in is the overcrowding of the female unit. That’s it.”

  • Girl Scouts moving forward
  • Candidates seem surprised by forum

    Two candidate forums have been scheduled in the city of Rockwood next month. The timing has one hopeful scratching her head.

    The Rockwood Merchants Association forum is scheduled for Oct. 9 at the Rockwood Event Center.

    Rockwood 2000 is hosting a forum on Oct. 7 at Rockwood City Hall.

    “I don’t understand why Rockwood 2000 is doing that,” Rockwood mayoral candidate Peggy Evans said. “To me, they’re trying to circumvent the one on Oct. 9.”