Local News

  • Kingston grant good news for park

    There was no hiding one Kingston official’s excitement about a half-million-dollar makeover at the city’s only non-waterfront park.

    “It’s a win-win-win-win-win,” said Rick Ross, the city’s park and recreation director, over the news about Porter Park this week.

    Owned by the county until it was turned over to Kingston in February, it had been one of the city’s most neglected public spaces.

  • Taking a bite out of crime?

    One-third of the new Roane County Commission was already set before Thursday’s election. Five of the people running for the commission’s 15 seats didn’t face challengers.

    The unopposed group included District 3 newcomer Todd Fink, District 4 incumbents James Brummett and Steve Kelley, and District 7 incumbents Carolyn Granger and Stanley Moore.

  • Harriman gets tax-hike pass, for now anyway

    There’s no tax increase this time around, but when Harriman City Council passed first reading of this fiscal year’s budget, residents were reminded that won’t last.

    Mayor Chris Mason said a tax increase is looming.

    “It has been at least 12 years,” Mason said.

  • Stockton sails past Hall in sheriff's race, Woody beats Farmer again

    Incumbent Sheriff Jack Stockton easily beat his opponent, Jared Hall, in Thursday's election. Stockton garnered 8,183 votes to Hall's 2,847.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody earned a second term, picking up 6,168 votes compared to 4,470 for Mike Farmer. Woody also defeated Farmer in the 2010 election. 

  • Stewart wins circuit court clerk's race

    Sarah Stewart won the three-way Roane County Circuit Clerk's race.  She received 4,225 votes. Ann Goldston followed with 4,024.  Marty Miles trailed with 2,195.

  • Pemberton scrapes by McFarland, but just barely

    It appears that Mike Pemberton will be the next 9th Judicial District circuit court judge.

    According to unofficial returns in four counties, Pemberton pulled off the win by a scant 144 votes.

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

    The final numbers were 12,603 Pemberton to 12,459 McFarland.

  • Fleischmann and Wamp tie in Roane voting

    Everyone expected a close between incumbentCongressmen  Chuck Fleischmann and opponent Weston Wamp in the Republican primary, but it couldn't have been closer in Roane.

    The two men tied at 4,010 each when all votes were tallied.

    In Morgan County, with all votes in, the count was Wamp 1664, Fleischmann 1,342.

  • Congressional race gets uglier

    Weston Wamp and his opponent’s camp continued to trade barbs days before Thursday’s election.

    Wamp, who faces two-term Congressman Chuck Fleischmann in the Republican Primary, has taken issue with a mailer sent out by Fleischmann’s campaign that purports to show him burning a passport.

    It’s clear Wamp’s head has been digitally added onto a photo of someone else’s body.

  • Early voting a big hit in this election

    Early and absentee voting totals for Thursday’s election surpassed the Aug. 3, 2006, and Aug. 5, 2010, elections.

    “Hopefully it’s an indication that there’s a strong interest in some of the races,” Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said.

    The early and absentee voting total in 2006 was 6,790. In 2010, the number was 6,096.

    Early and absentee voting for Thursday’s election totaled 7,313.