Local News

  • State says no to Bojangles’ light

    A traffic light is not the solution Tennessee Department of Transportation recommends at busy Hwy. 70 and Tanner Way in Harriman’s Midtown area.

    Heavy traffic and people trying to turn in and out of the Pinnacle Pointe shopping center and surrounding businesses can make the intersection rather dangerous, especially when drivers are attempting left-hand turns out of the developments onto Hwy. 70.

    Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms said one reason TDOT officials oppose the traffic light is the proximity of other signals.

  • New chief to pick Reed successor

    Officials with Roane County Schools have yet to name the replacement for retiring Rockwood High School Principal Alan Reed.

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes said the hire will be made by his replacement, Dr. Leah Rice Watkins.

    “Hopefully we’ll do that maybe the first couple of weeks of June, so that way they can be ready to start July 1 with her,” Aytes said.

    Citing a desire to go out happy, Reed stepped down as principal this year.

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  • Man jailed for string of burglaries

    A Rockwood man didn’t wait very long after being arrested for theft before being arrested again for the same offense.

    Rockwood police said Alex Shane Watts, accused in a string of burglaries, was first arrested on the morning of Saturday, May 7.

    He then made bail and and was arrested again the following day, accused of additional burglaries after his release from jail on Saturday.

    According to Roane County Jail records, Alex Shane Watts, 35, of Rockwood, was arrested and booked into the

  • Mullins pays taxes

    Road Superintendent candidate Brian Mullins has addressed an issue that hounded him during the previous election.

    “I’ve paid those taxes,” he said on Monday.

    Mullins owed more than $80,000 in unpaid property taxes and penalties in 2012, county records showed at the time. Records now show that he owes a few hundred dollars, though he insists he doesn’t owe anything.

  • Harriman police, fire take safety talks door to door

    A fire truck and police cars in a Harriman neighborhood might not be a sign of a neighbor’s misfortune.

    Harriman Fire Department and Harriman Police Department are teaming up to visit members of the community to talk about safety, from smoke alarms to ways to discourage burglaries and encouraging interest in watching out for each other.

    “I’m hoping to have the Neighborhood Watch program so strong in the city of Harriman that just about every neighborhood has some type of watch,” said Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle.

  • Some Roane educators calling it a career

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes has been to a lot of retiree receptions at the Roane County bus garage over the years.

    Last week’s was different, however, because this time, Aytes was one of the retirees.

    “It’s been a great pleasure of mine to be associated with you,” he told the crowd.

    Twenty-five retirees were recognized at the ceremony, though not all attended.

    One who did was J. Kathy Brummitt, a special education teacher at Harriman Middle School.

  • Rockwood eyeing concerts to generate revenue

    Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller proposed an unusual way to generate revenue during a called workshop last week to discuss the 2016-17 city budget.

    Near the end of the meeting, he suggested the city mull hosting concerts at the sports complex named for him.

    “I would like for us to consider using $10,000 [from an expected $38,000 budget surplus] to start having entertainment at the recreation park,” he said.

  • Increase possible down the road for Harriman

    Harriman City Council will likely not consider a budget this year with a property tax increase.

    “It is still kind of early, but my feeling would be we will try to make a presentation without a tax increase,” said Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms.

    He was quick to add, however, the city will need to find somewhere to grow revenue in the near future, whether that is through a proposed local sales tax increase that will be on the ballot in November or a property tax increase.