Local News

  • Correction

    Dates for Harriman Fire Department’s Haunted Hospital were incorrect in Monday’s issue of the Roane County News.

    The Haunted Hospital will be open from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 29-30 in the former Roane Medical Center facility in downtown Harriman.

    The location will be used for a “trunk or treat” event from 5 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31.

  • Breast cancer topic of Lunch and Learn

    A free Lunch and Learn workshop on “Breast Cancer: Prevention and Detection” will explore various aspects of the disease, including myths vs. facts.

    The workshop will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 28 in The Roane Alliance at 1209 N. Kentucky St., Kingston.

    Call Roane County United Way at 882-7711 for reservations or more details.

    The workshop will cover risks and treatment options, as well as steps to take to prevent chances of being diagnosed.

  • County honors Roane deputies
  • Harriman residents to vote at Bowers in 2016

    The voting precinct in South Harriman is no longer at South Harriman Baptist Church.

    “South Harriman, the trustees, they didn’t like the idea, some of them, of mixing church and state,” Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said.

    “They asked us to go back to Bowers.”

    Earlier this month, the Roane County Election Commission voted to move the South Harriman precinct from the church to Bowers Elementary School.

  • Caregiver accused of swindling man

    An elderly Maryville woman is accused of swindling a Kingston man out of thousands of dollars.

    Kingston Police Department Detective Keith Kile took out a warrant on Jo Marie Rasar on Sept. 15 for theft from $10,000 to $59,999.

    Rasar, 73, turned herself in at the Roane County Jail earlier this month. She was released on a $2,000 bond.

  • Man charged with stealing money from pregnant sister

    A man accused of stealing money from his pregnant sister was arrested last week.

    Joseph Ryan Whitefield is charged with aggravated burglary and two counts of theft in the Sept. 28 incident.

    According to the warrant, Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Vinnie Del Toro was dispatched to 224 Pickard Hollow Road around 10 a.m. on a report of a burglary in progress.

    “Once on scene I spoke with victim Jerika Whitefield and Jennifer Bunch,” the warrant said.

  • Rockwood gets more for home renovations

    Rockwood received $381,450 in a Community Development Block grant for housing rehabilitation.

    “It is a big lick for us,” said Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

    “We are really happy about it. That means we can help some people who need their homes cleaned up,” he added.

    “The main thing this will help people who really want their homes to be fixed up, make them energy efficient.”

  • UT-Battelle given nod to appeal assessment

    Administrative Judge Mark Aaron found misleading communications from the Roane County Property Assessor’s Office caused UT-Battelle to not appeal its 2014 assessment to the County Board of Equalization.

    The county was asking Aaron to dismiss UT-Battelle’s appeal, but the judge determined that it could go forward to the State Board of Equalization.

    “Normally, an appeal to the local board of equalization is a jurisdictional prerequisite to a state board appeal,” Aaron wrote in his order.

  • Probation violators fill up jail

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton has some thoughts about Community Probation Services.

    “I would really hate to share them right now,” he said on Oct. 6.

    The county jail, which the sheriff is responsible for overseeing, is certified to hold 172 inmates. There was 194 in custody on Oct. 6.

    “It seems like more than two-thirds of our population is violation of probation,” Stockton said.