Local News

  • Pair charged with minor solicitation

    A 57-year-old Rockwood man was charged with solicitation of a minor on Saturday, Oct. 14, for allegedly propositioning a 16-year-old male on Gateway Avenue.

    According to the report, the teen was walking home from work when Ricky Gene Lee approached him.

    “Mr. Lee asked him how he was doing, then said he was sexy and he could do better things for him than any girl could,” the report said.

    The teen told Lee to leave him alone, but Lee continued to follow him.

  • Driver thought to run over officer indicted

    The man accused of running over a Kingston police officer with a car hauler was indicted by the Roane County grand jury this week.

    Henry Nicholas Brown, 32, is charged with aggravated assault, evading arrest, felony reckless endangerment and driving on a revoked license.

    “We’re glad to see that turned over and see justice in criminal court,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said.

  • Haunts of Harriman headed your way this weekend

    From staff reports

    Ghostly spirits will again haunt the streets of downtown Harriman during the annual Hauntings of Historic Harriman ghost tour.

    The walking tours of historic Cornstalk Heights will be Friday, Oct. 20, and Saturday, Oct. 21.

    Tours will begin daily at 7:30 p.m. and leave in 15-minute intervals from the Harriman Public Library at 601 Walden St.

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  • Sheriff DARES to reconsider drug program

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton wasn’t a fan of the DARE program in 2014.

    “You can talk about DARE all day long,” Stockton said during a forum hosted by the Roane County Republican Women.

    “There is no proven statistics that DARE works.”

    Stockton’s opinion of DARE has changed over the years. So much so that his office is implementing it back into the Roane County School System.

    “I talked to the coordinator of the DARE education training program,” Stockton said recently.

  • Kile among TBI academy’s grads

    From staff reports

    Kingston Police Department Detective Keith Kile was among 12 law enforcement officers who recently graduated from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation State Academy.

    Detective Kile, who displayed the plaque presented to graduates at a meeting of the Kingston City Council, said the information he learned will be invaluable in his future work.

    He said his class was able to visit the “Body Farm” at the University of Tennessee where they studied forensics related to the decomposition of bodies.

  • Rotating officers in detectives bureau among HPD changes

    Harriman Police Department’s Cody Guge is the newest sergeant in the department, but the department is seeing many more changes in addition to his promotion.

    The department is also giving officers a chance to hone their detective skills by rotating through the detectives bureau.

    “I’m following the lead of many other small departments across the state that have the detectives bureau as a rotating division so everyone has a chance to learn these new skills,” said Chief Derek Pacifico.

  • Fentanyl found in heroin makes drug deadlier

    Heroin tainted with fentanyl is one of the biggest problems local law enforcement is facing right now.

    “It is turning into a major problem. That is why we are hitting it as hard as we can,” said Rockwood Assistant Police Chief John Mayes.

    Fentanyl as a prescription can be used to treat cancer patients, but the illicit form is showing up in heroin, being mixed to cut the amount of heroin.

    And while heroin itself is bad stuff, fentanyl is even deadlier.

  • Harriman eyes lighting at interstate exchange, new LED traffic signals

    Harriman has been talking about improving its interchanges for a number of years. Such improvements were a focal point of their strategic planning event earlier this year.

    City Manager Kevin Helms told Harriman City Council he’s made efforts to get funding for interchange lighting projects at exit 347.

    “With regards to the interchange exchange we have submitted a request for TDOT funding for grant funding for lighting upgrades,” said Helms.

    They will be looking at options.