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  • Tips rolling in on robbery, attack

    The search contunues for three suspects who not only robbed a Harriman convenience store, but also stabbed the clerk who did not resist them.

    Last Friday’s early morning robbery happened at the Eagle Food Mart at 909 Georgia St.

    The victim was taken to the hospital by ambulance and treated for knife injuries.

    “He was back to work by that afternoon,” said Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle.

    The armed robbery occurred early Friday, Sept. 26, according to the Harriman Police Department.

  • McFarland lawsuit is tossed

    A judge has stepped in the way of Tom McFarland’s wish to become a judge — at least for now.

    On Tuesday, Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood dismissed the former Roane County Attorney’s lawsuit trying to overturn Mike Pemberton’s successful election in a close race for 9th Judicial District circuit court judge in the Aug. 7 election.

    McFarland contends Pemberton didn’t meet the one-year residency requirement to run for judge and wanted the election results voided.

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  • Don’t hold breath on school funding

    Changes may eventually come to the way the state allocates money to school systems, but local officials aren’t optimistic.

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said he heard as much from the top during a superintendents meeting he attended last month.

    “The governor spoke to us and said there will not be a change this year,” Aytes said.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said he got the same impression from a Basic Education Program Task Force meeting he attended in Nashville on Sept. 23.


    After seeing their request for additional local funding go nowhere the last two years, Roane County school officials are considering other options to deal with their financial crisis.

    “We’re looking at $3.5 million — possibly more — of cuts,” business manager Eric Harbin said.

    Harbin and Director of Schools Gary Aytes met with the Roane County Commission’s budget committee on Thursday.

  • Harriman narrows field for manager

    Harriman officials sat down and talked to 11 city manager candidates from all over the country during Thursday’s first round of interviews.

    “The city should be commended. They cast a wide net out there,” said Warren Nevad of the University of Tennessee’s Municipal Technical Advisory Service, who is assisting Harriman officials in the search for the city’s first manager.

    They’ll further narrow down the list in a workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Harriman Municipal Office Complex.

  • Old theater to be showcase for Rockwood hospitality

    One of downtown Rockwood’s historic buildings is getting a new look, and it will play a big role in promoting Rockwood and its history as a visitor center and museum.

    The building was the former J&B Furniture Store, but before that it served in other capacities, including as a J.C. Penney catalog store, the Lyric Theatre and the Ritz Theatre.

    “Everyone is pitching in and working really hard,” said John Evans of the Rockwood Merchants Association.

    “It is looking a lot better.”

  • 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.