Local News

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Are drivers doomed to dodge Harwell holes?

    “BACK TO FIVE”, ran Monday’s headline above Damon Lawrence’s report on the fate of the one-high-school push, with a sub-head of “Consolidated high school rejected”.

    And with that we can hope that this rotten idea has been firmly and finally laid to rest, but some bad ideas just seem to keep coming back to haunt us, as has this issue.


    An Anglers Cove resident says she has been trying for years to get help with drainage issues that threaten to wash away her yard, her home and the roadway in front of her property.

    Video images taken of Karen Rhyne’s property during a storm that struck last week show large amounts of water overflowing the roadside drainage ditch and filling her yard.

    Poor drainage also resulted in the flow of garbage and debris from a waste center about a half mile away, she said.

  • SCHOOL DRESS CODE: Girls’ tunics, shorts targets

    Coming up with changes that can be easily enforced is one of the challenges facing the Roane County Board of Education’s Dress Code Policy Committee.

    “It’s got to be enforceable,” Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said. “It’s got to be enforceable in an easy way.”

    The committee met again last week to discuss changes to the school board’s dress code policy, which was last revised on May 20, 2010.

    Oversized tops along with the length of skirts, dresses and shorts were some of the topics covered.

  • Kingston Fire Department rescues old Squad truck

    Emergency response in the city of Kingston is being beefed up with the addition of a new fire and rescue truck.

    Fire Chief Willie Gordon said they invested $15,000 into the 2003 Chevrolet Duramax that once belonged to the Roane County Rescue Squad.

    “They had bought it from somewhere, but they never put it in service,” Gordon said. “The truck was white.”

    It’s now red and black and equipped with the necessary tools to respond to automobile accidents.


    Harriman Parks and Recreation is getting the ballfields around Harriman ready with some improvements.

    They’ll be celebrating opening day for youth baseball this Saturday, April 15, with a scavenger hunt at Flour Mill Flats.

    The hunt for 10-12 items will include things like snapping a photo of a fan eating a hot dog.

    “There will be two winners, and all things will be here at the field,” said Hickman.

  • Prison corrections officer jailed for road rage incident

    Brandon Braden, a 29-year-old Kingston man, is facing charges for an alleged road rage incident.

    Braden was employed as a corrections officer at the Morgan County Correctional Complex at the time of his March 23 arrest, according to a report filed by Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Alexander Evans.

    “I was dispatched to the Shoney’s parking lot off exit 347 in Roane County involving a road rage incident between two vehicles on Interstate 40 west near mile marker 351,” the report said.


    Avoid. Deny. Defend.

    Those were the three things Roane County Sheriff’s Detective Kris Mynatt stressed last week in a Civilian Response to Active Shooter training session at Kingston’s Michael Dunn Center.

    “We want them to have the right mind-set for situations that might occur,” Mynatt said about the training designed to help businesses and individuals respond in the event involving an active shooter.

  • Body cameras now part of deputy sheriffs’ uniforms

    Roane County sheriff’s deputies have begun wearing body cameras.

    The sheriff’s office has had the cameras since at least February, but Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said they were waiting to formalize policy and conduct training before rolling them out.

    He said Friday that the deputies have been wearing the cameras for about a week.

    “So far things are going pretty good,” he said.

    Many law enforcement agencies across the state and the country have chosen to equip officers with body cameras in recent years.

  • Signal snarls school traffic

    The busy times of day on Harriman’s South Roane Street can ruffle a few feathers — especially for those stuck waiting to turn left onto Ruritan Road in the midst of morning school traffic.

    It’s why city officials are taking steps to change the signaling, which in itself is fairly new, from a green left arrow to a flashing yellow signal to indicate to drivers to turn when clear.

    “I think anyone who has sat at this red light would know really clearly the need for this signal,” said Councilman Chris Ahler.

  • #GuinnDidWin

    “Cancer free!!!!”

    Connie Guinn texted those words to the Roane County News on Friday to confirm what her family learned about her nephew, Ethan Guinn.

    Roane County — and, indeed,  much of East Tennessee — has embraced Ethan Guinn in his battle against non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

    The hashtag #GuinnWillWin3 was created in late January as a means of support for the Roane County High School senior who wore Kingston’s No. 3 jersey on the football field.