Local News

  • County receives grants for ADA lake projects

    Roane County Government will have ribbon-cutting ceremonies today — Oct. 20 — for two recreational improvement projects.

    The projects involve putting the projects in align with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

    They include an ADA-accessible kayak/canoe launch in partnership with the city of Kingston at a TWRA access area. Also involved is an ADA-accessible courtesy dock at the Little Emory TWRA access launch area.

    The ribbon-cutting ceremonies will start at 10 a.m.


    From staff reports

    Harriman’s Clean City Initiative is off to a great start.

    Junk is being picked up and overflowing the dumpsters behind Harriman Municipal Office Complex.

    City officials clarified requirements for the cleanup before the second week gets underway on Oct. 23.

    Residents need to place the items they wished to be picked up on the curb outside their residence on the Monday of the week of their free pickup.

  • Officials taking train excursion

    Lhoist North America in Crab Orchard and the Southern Appalachian Railway Museum is planning a fall colors train ride for public officials, including Rockwood City Council members.

    The train would leave from Lhoist in Crab Orchard and travel to Rockwood before returning to Crab Orchard. Lhoist is the old Franklin Limestone location.

    “Right now it is county officials and the state representatives and a couple of ones like that,” said Sam Maynor.

  • 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.