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  • POLICE BLOTTER: Coke-fueled paranoia, road rage on interstate

    A Dandridge man faces criminal charges in Roane County General Sessions Court for during a June 8 alleged road-rage incident on Interstate 40. Jefferson Douglas Wyrosdick, 66, is charged with felony aggravated assault, felony reckless endangerment and possession of a firearm during commission of a dangerous felony.

  • Another victory for judge hopeful

    Senior Judge Ben H. Cantrell on Thursday dismissed a complaint challenging the Roane County Election Commission’s decision to put circuit court judge candidate Mike Pemberton on the Aug. 7 ballot.

    Afterward, Pemberton said he’s ready to move on and talk about issues that “the 9th District’s citizens think matter.”

    “And that’s experience, competence, integrity and work ethic,” he added.

  • ‘In God We Trust’ draws leader’s ire

    Roane County Commissioners have some passionate feelings about the resolution that would put “In God We Trust” on the courthouse.

    “That will make me feel less a part of our county government — because I’m atheist,” Commissioner Steve Kelley said.

    “I don’t believe that there is a God.”

    That prompted a quick response from Commissioner Fred Tedder.

    “I don’t believe there’s such a thing as an atheist,” he said.

  • West earns better fire rating

    The ISO rating system for fire protection isn’t complicated.

    “The lower the number, the better you are,” said West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department Chief Charlie Redwine.

    West Roane County got better recently, lowering its rating from a 6/9 to a 5/8B.

    “That’s something we’re real proud of,” Redwine said. “That’s how a lot of people look at their fire department.

    “The first thing they ask is, what’s your fire protection rating?”

  • Garbage-to-electricity firm still on, rep says

    A representative for Alternative Engineering Solutions LLC said last week the company’s plan to build a facility in Plateau Partnership Park is not dead.

    “We are still moving forward,” Jason Perry said on June 11.

    That differs from what Roane County officials reported at the June 9 commission meeting.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody and Commissioner Ron Berry both said the company was no longer pursuing a site in the industrial park, a joint venture between Roane, Cumberland and Morgan counties.


    Kingston City Council members approved what has been characterized as a “bare-bones” city budget for fiscal 2014-15 with little fanfare at their June 10 session.

    The budget includes little in the way of new spending.

    “No new taxes!” said council member Don White when the roll was called to approve the budget on second reading.

    The budget passed council unanimously, after the council held the mandatory public hearing prior to the final vote.

    The public hearing was similarly uneventful.

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  • Harriman officials to ponder bids on work on historic Temperance Bldg.

    Structural work at Harriman’s historic Temperance Building may be continuing.

    The Harriman City Council will meet in special-called session at 6 p.m. June 17 to consider and possibly take action on bids for work on the structure.

    Harriman received a $40,355 grant from the Tennessee Historical Commission, and $26,903 in matching funds is required to meet the grant specifications.

    “We are going to be doing work on the outside to get the water away from the Temperance Building,” said Dina Jackson, outgoing grant coordinator.

  • Harriman leaders to hear from Yager at meeting Tuesday

    Harriman officials expect to learn more about legislation that impacts Harriman when they meet with state Sen. Ken Yager Tuesday.

    Yager will meet with Harriman City Council during a June 17 workshop that will start after a 6 p.m. special-called meeting.

    “I want to impress to him how concerned I am with the methamphetamine problem and the pain pill addiction problem in Roane County and see what we can do to help him find some solution,” said Harriman Mayor Chris Mason.

  • Kingston’s Riggs in co-op with Milliken and Co.

    Tennessee Tech University mechanical engineering major Joshua Riggs will spend 15 months working for Milliken and Co. on a cooperative education assignment.

    Riggs, of Kingston, will conduct arc flash studies for several Milliken plants to meet electrical safety standards.

    “Co-op experience gives TTU students an edge as they get ready to start their careers,” said Don Foster, Tennessee Tech’s Career Services associate director.