Local News

  • Club-toting tot found wandering roadway

    A 21-month-old child was found wandering on Black Oak Road Monday, according to police.

    Wesley Wayne Lawson, 31, is charged with child endangerment in the incident.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Tim Hawn and Lt. B.J. Walker responded after someone called 911 to report the child in the roadway.

  • Police say man alleged Mafia connections in threats to crew

    Harriman McDonald’s employees were not “lovin’ it” too much when a man who appeared to be intoxicated allegedly threatened the crew last Friday night, March 9.

    Harriman Officer Julie Beth Parham reported she was called to the McDonald’s in regard to an intoxicated man, later identified as Justin Everett Pannell, 35, of Oliver Springs.

  • Correction

    A story in the Wednesday, March 14, issue of the Roane County News should have stated that there are 14 boat slips rented at Kingston’s 58 Landing.

  • Man in legal jam after authorities find meth in can compartments

    Larry Shane Chrisco is still facing legal trouble following a March 9 preliminary hearing in Roane County General Sessions Court. His drug charges were bound over to the Roane County grand jury.

    Rockwood police arrested Chrisco on Nov. 27. They stopped his Gold Nissan Altima in the parking lot of a restaurant and found firearms and methamphetamine in the vehicle.

  • Murder-for-hire suspect seeks trial delay

    The attorney representing murder-for-hire defendant Laura Buckingham insists he can’t be ready for trial by April 3.

    She is scheduled to stand trial that day, but Joseph Fanduzz filed a motion last week asking the court to set a new trial date.

    “Counsel has worked diligently to try to be prepared for that date, but unforeseen problems have impeded counsel’s efforts,” Fanduzz said in his motion.

    Buckingham, a Marine veteran, was indicted in 2016 on one count of solicitation to commit first-degree murder.

  • K-14 pitch not complete, officials say

    Reaction to Wade Creswell’s K-14 presentation have varied.

    “I like Wade Creswell,” Commissioner Junior Hendrickson said. “I believe in Wade Creswell to a point, but I don’t agree with him on this.”

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  • Flood hero to be honored with memorial along Emory

    The 1929 flood that devastated Harriman may have swept away one of the heroes who tried to save some of its victims, but his family is determined the waves of time will not erase his memory.

    Robert “Bob” Underwood’s family is unveiling a bench being made in his honor during a ceremony at David Webb Riverfront Park at 11 a.m. Friday, March 23, the 89th anniversary of the flood that took the life of Underwood and 19 others.

  • Boat slip rentals few, some past due

    From staff reports

    As the plan to rent boat slips on the Kingston waterfront enters its second season, city leaders are concerned that some boat owners are not paying on time.

    “This first year has been a learning process for us, and delinquency is one area that we need to look at in more detail,” said City Manager David Bolling.

    Eight of the 18 boat slips moored at 58 Landing have been rented out, but about half of those slips are behind in their payments, he said.  Slip rental is set at $150 a month.