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  • 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.

  • Pine Ridge road widening a go

    It’s been a long time coming, but Harriman residents will soon see the fruition of plans to widen Hwy. 29 (Ruritan Road) from Pine Ridge Road to Hwy. 27 (Roane Street).

    It will complete the four-laning of the Pine Ridge Road corridor in Harriman.

    Councilman Lonnie Wright was excited.

  • Woman charged with assaulting officer


    A Harriman woman is accused of kicking a deputy in the stomach.

    Patricia L. Patterson, 34, is charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and assault in the incident.

    According to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office incident report, deputies responded to 3950 Sugar Grove Valley Road shortly before 2 a.m. on Monday to investigate a domestic disturbance.

    Patricia and William Patterson told deputies they had been arguing.

  • Sex offender’s cases continued to next week

    While he awaits sentencing on a federal firearms charge, convicted sex offender Charles Daniel Mullins still has six cases pending in Roane County Criminal Court.

    He’s charged with rape, two counts of violating community supervision, theft of property, aggravated assault and violating community supervision with a criminal offense.

    A status hearing scheduled in those cases was reset to Aug. 13.

  • A cuddly good time
  • Harriman city attorney resigning

    Longtime Harriman city attorney Harold Balcom has only a short time left in that job.

    He announced his resignation at Tuesday’s council meeting. He will work through August.

    “Harold has been an asset for the city. He’s helped with some things that wouldn’t have been done if he’d not been there to do it,” said Councilman Ken Mynatt. “He knows his government law, and he’s a real asset in that area.”

    Mynatt said Balcom often worked outside the limelight.

  • Healthier Tennessee initiative, UT Extension partner to expand plan

    The Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness, through its Healthier Tennessee initiative, has created a partnership with University of Tennessee Extension to promote Healthier Tennessee in all of the state’s 95 counties.

    “We have said from the beginning this effort must be locally owned and implemented in or-

    der to be successful,” said Rick Johnson, CEO of the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness.

  • Big weekend for Harriman class of 1959