Local News

  • Rockwood teen hurt in crash, father charged with DUI

    A Rockwood father was arrested on Friday after he allegedly caused a car crash that injured his teenage daughter.

    Steve Eugene Frizzell, 44, is charged with driving under the influence, child endangerment and vehicular assault.

    The accident happened near the intersection of Hwy. 70 and Delozier Lane around 6 p.m.

    According to warrants filed by Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Robert Woody, Frizzell was behind the wheel of a 1999 Buick that was headed south when the crash occurred.

    “The suspect was intoxicated,” warrants said.

  • Narramore’s happy harvest

    Fall is in the air and that is evident in the Midway community as Narramore Farms Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze is set to open on Saturday, Sept. 24.

    This is the second year owners Blake and P.J. Narramore, along with 3-year old daughter Willow, have had a pumpkin patch, but this will be the first year for the corn maze.

  • Harriman eyes old hospital for new use

    City of Harriman officials continue to ponder what to do with the old Roane Medical Center in downtown.

    “It is a big building and it is just sitting,” new Mayor Wayne Best said. “We need to come to a determination on what we are going to use that building for. I think there is plenty of room in there to do a lot of things.”

  • Harriman tries to sell raising local sales tax

    Harriman officials hope residents who want to see infrastructure improvements will support a proposed .25 percent sales tax increase.

    A sales tax referendum on the ballot for Nov. 4, proposes raising the city’s local sales tax from 2.5 percent to 2.75 percent. The increase would bring the total city and state sales tax rate to 9.75 percent.

    “We think that would generate about $458,000 a year. All that would be set aside for infrastructure improvements,” said city manager Kevin Helms.

  • Heroes praised for rescuing woman in fire

    Mary Quirarte knows she is lucky to be alive, and she also knows who to thank.

    The Rockwood resident was injured in a still unexplainable car fire earlier this year, and says she is “so grateful for the gift of my life.”

    She was able to personally thank those responsible last week at the regular monthly meeting of the Kingston City Council.

  • Deputies discover fugitive is wanted in Texas for DWI

    A woman wanted in Texas since 2007 was arrested in Roane County on Wednesday. Beth Alison McDonald was charged with being a fugitive from justice.

    According to an incident report, Roane County Sheriff’s Office Detective John Mayes received information from Mount Pisgah Christian Academy about a student who had not been in school for three days.

    “During this time the father of the child showed up at the school and stated that he did not want the mother of the child picking up the child due to the fact that she was a fugitive,” the report said.

  • Kingston Lions host annual 5k fundraiser

    Runners and walkers are encouraged to participate in the Kingston Lions Club Moonlight for Sight 5K run and challenge walk to be held at Fort Southwest Point on Saturday Oct. 1.

    Runners can enjoy a cool run along the side of Watts Bar Lake on a relatively flat course.

    Walkers will tackle a mile loop around Fort Southwest Point that does have a few hills. Walkers are challenged to see how many loops they can complete in the one hour time limit. Medallions will be awarded based on laps completed and all walkers will get a medal.

  • Harriman seniors may get new digs

    Staff reports

    The Harriman Industrial Development board will consider the final approval of the issuance of bonds to finance the acquisition and rehabilitation of Harriman Gardens Apartments at a special called meeting tonight (Monday.)

    Bonds in the amount not to exceed $9 million will be issued. Raymond James and Associates, Inc. will be underwriting the bonds used for the acquisition and rehabilitation of the apartments by LHP Capital, LLC of Knoxville..

    The IDB will also consider approval of a 20 year tax reduction that will support the project.

  • Deputy bitten by inmate at intake

    An inmate at the Roane County Jail allegedly bit a sheriff’s deputy last month. Matthew Raymond Ellison was charged with criminal exposure of another to a disease in the incident.

    According to the warrant filed by Deputy Ethen Collins, Ellison was brought to the jail by Harriman police on Aug. 28. He was placed in a restraint chair because he reportedly told Harriman police he wanted to harm himself.

  • Historical Society honors educator

    Friends, former students and colleagues gathered to honor Richard Davis, a longtime Oliver Springs Elementary School educator and charter member of the Oliver Springs Historical Society.

    Members of the community lined up at the Society’s newly renovated building Saturday, Sept. 10, to shake Davis’ hand, take photos and to recall stories from the past.

    Davis touched many lives in his 36 years of teaching history and being active in the community, according to Emma Mattox.

    “He was a great teacher,” she said.