Local News

  • Rain delays trails ceremony

    From staff reports

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony for Rockwood Forest’s mountain bike and hiking trails was postponed after rainy weather drenched the area last weekend.

    The ceremony has been rescheduled and will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4.

    “They are multi-use trails. We already have some folks running them. For the most part it is what I would call moderate mountain bike trails,” said Steve Scarborough.

    “This is a beautiful resource for Rockwood and Roane County.”

  • Former Motocross track site makes way for new asphalt plant in East Roane
  • Trial delay granted in murder for hire plot

    Laura Ann Buckingham was scheduled to stand trial on Nov. 28 for allegedly hiring a hit man to kill the father of her son.

    That date was too soon for Joseph Fanduzz, Buckingham’s attorney.

    He filed a motion to continue the upcoming trial.

  • Road still not taken

    The prospects of Roane County accepting Wildwood Lane as part of the county road system looks bleak.

    “You knew what you were buying when you bought it,” Building Official Glen Cofer told the Roane County Commission’s Road Committee.

    Wildwood Lane is in the Dyllis area. Some residents who live on the road are pushing for the county to take it over, but officials have only shown reluctance so far.

    Cofer appeared before the Road Committee last month and showed members a plat of the subdivision.

  • Rockwood wants to borrow $1 million more

    After passing a resolution in September to borrow up to $5 million for lighting and energy infrastructure, Rockwood officials approved another resolution last week to open up the possibility of borrowing $1 million more.

    Rockwood City Council will meet in a special-called workshop and session at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at the meeting room in Rockwood Electric Utility.

  • REU, attorney settle lawsuit

    Rockwood Electric Utility plans to purchase a neighboring building to its new facility as part of a lawsuit settlement with attorney Jim Smith.

    “It went to mediation yesterday. It was settled,” REU manager Kendall Bear said late last week.

    “As part of the settlement, Rockwood Electric Utility was actually able to purchase the property for $3,000.”

  • Haunted Hospital clown cleared of felony charge

    The man accused of groping a teen during a Halloween event two years ago settled his criminal case earlier this year.

    Larry Benton Davis volunteered at the Harriman Fire Department’s Haunted Hospital event at the old Roane Medical Center in 2015.

    He wore a clown costume and said it was his job to greet people.

    A woman claimed to police that Benton groped her and her teenage granddaughter.

    On June 20, 2016, the Roane County grand jury indicted Benton for felony aggravated sexual battery and misdemeanor assault.

  • Correction

    The 1,000 turkeys the Kingston Police Department will give away for the Thanksgiving Food Drive with Hands of Mercy will require about $12,900 in donations — or about $12 per bird.

  • Rockwood men arrested in strong-arm robbery

    Two Rockwood men have been arrested on charges related to a weekend strong-arm robbery in Harriman.

    Authorities have identified the 19-year-old men as Jordan Crabtree and Austin Kane Penley. As of late Tuesday afternoon, Crabtree was in custody at the Roane County Jail, while authorities were en route to Kingston with Penley to book him into custody.