Local News

  • Police cite woman with animal cruelty charges

    Kayley M. Ennis, a 25-year-old Harriman woman, was cited for animal cruelty last month.

    According to the report, animal control received a call about some dogs that had been abandoned at 1719 Ruritan Road.

    Animal Control Officer Jeffery Smith said they found two dogs in “very poor” condition when they arrived at the residence. One was a male Wolf Hound and the other was a female Pekingese.

  • Smith leaving 9th Judicial District, joining the 5th

    One of the lead attorneys on the Shawn Smoot case is no longer prosecuting cases in the 9th Judicial District.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said Assistant District Attorney General Tiffany Smith resigned to take a job with the 5th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office in Blount County.

    Smith graduated from Carson-Newman University, and received her law degree from the Lincoln Memorial University John Duncan School of Law.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: What Sean Spicer really meant to say, but didn’t

    As regular readers know, the old curmudgeon has a penchant for defending even unpopular folks when the thundering herd of shallow thinkers, or non-thinkers, make false or misleading statements about them, or misinterpret their statements. As we recall we have done this for Dr. Ben Carson, The Donald, and several others in the past.

  • Five high schools — what now?

    One of the items on the agenda for Thursday’s Roane County Board of Education meeting is a “discussion of direction” for Lewis Group Architects.

    When the school board abandoned its one high school plan on April 6, it also voted to “have the Lewis Group prepare a rough order of magnitude estimate for the needs of each high school.”

    “I think the cheapest option is to take care of the needs of our five high schools,” Board Vice Chairman Rob Jago said at the April 6 meeting.

  • Early projections indicate no tax hike for county

    Roane County property tax rates could remain the same for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

    Work putting together the budget is underway, and officials said Tuesday that they don’t anticipate an increase in the tax rates.

    “We’re just getting into the general fund, but we won’t anticipate a tax increase,” said Roane County Executive Ron Woody, who also chairs the Budget Committee.

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  • Aircraft crashes in Oliver Springs

    From staff reports

    The pilot of an ultralight aircraft refused medical treatment after a Saturday afternoon crash in Oliver Springs.

    The crash, in a field off Valley Drive in Oliver Springs, occurred while Timothy Stringer attempted to land the aircraft at a private grass landing strip at his home on Ray Lane, according to Anderson County Sheriff’s Office reports.

    Stringer, found at his nearby residence at 646 Ray Lane, told sheriff’s deputies he was on approach when the wind blew his plane into the trees and he crashed.

  • Pipe-wielding dad smashes hopes of meeting ex

    When Rockwood Police responded to a fight at Walmart on April 10, Marc Wagers of Knoxville admitted to using a pipe to bust the windshield of his daughter’s ex-boyfriend’s vehicle.

    Rockwood police reports indicate Thomas Pennington, 32, 1260 Emerson Road, Henderson, followed his former girlfriend from Interstate 40 exit 347 to the Walmart parking lot, where Wagers met his daughter.

    In a report filed by Rockwood Officer Jared Hall, Wagers said he knew “Mr. Pennington could beat him up, but he had to protect his daughter.”

  • Harriman officials making strategic plans this weekend

    This weekend, Harriman officials will be looking to the future rather than enjoying the spring weather.

    Harriman City Council and the Municipal Technical Advisory Service will be meeting to look at short-term and long-term goals for the future, as well as review the goals and vision they set forth in their previous strategic planning session.

  • Roane on ‘stable’ financial footing

    Roane County is in good hands financially, according to a report issued by Standard & Poor’s last week.