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  • Dual office feud involving Beets still simmering

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Kingston City Councilman Brant Williams’ feud with Mayor Troy Beets is not burning out.

    Williams contends that Beets’ roles — serving as both city mayor and county commissioner — are in conflict.

    He cites matters involving the city and the county, including abandoning a Kingston street for the county jail.

    “One man can’t run two offices,” Williams said.

    In May, Williams requested an opinion from the state attorney general on this issue.

  • 'Cowboy' shooters rile neighbors

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    John Sterling said he’s all about being a good neighbor.

    Tell that to the folks nearby.

    Some of them didn’t like the idea of him getting a special-use permit to allow firearm training on his property at 3997 Sugar Grove Valley Road.

    Sterling stated his case for the permit Wednesday evening before the Roane County Board of Zoning Appeals.

    Neighbors showed up to argue against it. In the end, the board denied his request by a 4-0 vote.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Patton reinstated as constable

    Mark Patton is the rightful constable of the 6th District, a special chancellor ruled Friday morning.

    Chancellor Billy Joe White reinstated Patton during a Roane County Chancery Court hearing. Patton, who was elected to the seat during the 2006 Roane County General Election, submitted a resignation a year later, then withdrew it on claims that it wasn't properly accepted by Roane County Commission.

    He sued the county after officials disagreed with his assertion and appointed Caleb Strayer.

  • Patton vows 'to start cleaning up this county'

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Mark Patton is and has always been a 6th District constable since he was elected in August 2006.

    That was the ruling of Special Chancellor Billy Joe White Friday morning.

    “My opinion is the constable is still the constable,” White said.

    Patton called the case a victory for the working man and wasted no time sharing his courtroom triumph with the public.

  • More twists emerge in Patton case

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    For months Mark Patton and his attorney have contended there is no constable vacancy in the 6th District.

    That position has shifted a bit recently. There was no candidate for constable in the county election, but Patton did receive some write-in votes.

    “We don’t think there was a vacancy, but if there was one, he may have been elected back to office,” attorney Chris Cawood said.

  • Dog weight, breed issues blow over in Rockwood

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    A proposed Rockwood ordinance on vicious dogs received applause, rather than opposition this time.

    The difference was the latest version didn’t ban any particular breeds.

    However, new additions to the proposal did stir audience ire.

    Dog activists and dog lovers attended the city council meeting Monday night to advise the council against any reference to specific breeds.

  • Wartburg to expand park

    STAFF REPORT

  • Additional cuts made in transportation will limit out of county field trips

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    After months of deliberation and shuffling line items, the Morgan County Board of Education has adopted its 2008-09 budget.

  • Powers: HUB OT pay too much

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Managing payroll for the Harriman Utility Board has been a hot issue for city officials lately.

    It came up again at the Harriman City Council meeting last Tuesday.

    Councilman Mark Powers, a member of the Harriman Utility Board, brought utility payroll information.

    Powers said the information was from January to June, roughly a six-month time period.

    Powers said he is not advocating taking money from anyone, but he thinks policy decisions could make the utility more financially efficient.

  • Property assessor's attorney says law calls for affidavit

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    The Roane County Ethics Committee ground to a halt Thursday night in its discussion of several complaints filed against Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham.

    The reason was questions about whether complainants needed a signed affidavit attached to their complaints, a question raised by Kirkham’s attorney, J. Polk Cooley.

    Cooley contended rules for the Tennessee Ethics Commission require a signed affidavit. He believes that mandate is also applicable to the county entity.