Local News

  • Murder-for-hire suspect seeks trial delay

    The attorney representing murder-for-hire defendant Laura Buckingham insists he can’t be ready for trial by April 3.

    She is scheduled to stand trial that day, but Joseph Fanduzz filed a motion last week asking the court to set a new trial date.

    “Counsel has worked diligently to try to be prepared for that date, but unforeseen problems have impeded counsel’s efforts,” Fanduzz said in his motion.

    Buckingham, a Marine veteran, was indicted in 2016 on one count of solicitation to commit first-degree murder.

  • K-14 pitch not complete, officials say

    Reaction to Wade Creswell’s K-14 presentation have varied.

    “I like Wade Creswell,” Commissioner Junior Hendrickson said. “I believe in Wade Creswell to a point, but I don’t agree with him on this.”

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  • Flood hero to be honored with memorial along Emory

    The 1929 flood that devastated Harriman may have swept away one of the heroes who tried to save some of its victims, but his family is determined the waves of time will not erase his memory.

    Robert “Bob” Underwood’s family is unveiling a bench being made in his honor during a ceremony at David Webb Riverfront Park at 11 a.m. Friday, March 23, the 89th anniversary of the flood that took the life of Underwood and 19 others.

  • Boat slip rentals few, some past due

    From staff reports

    As the plan to rent boat slips on the Kingston waterfront enters its second season, city leaders are concerned that some boat owners are not paying on time.

    “This first year has been a learning process for us, and delinquency is one area that we need to look at in more detail,” said City Manager David Bolling.

    Eight of the 18 boat slips moored at 58 Landing have been rented out, but about half of those slips are behind in their payments, he said.  Slip rental is set at $150 a month.

  • Woman charged with exposing breasts to Rockwood children

    A Rockwood woman is accused of exposing her breasts to children.

    Tiffany Laura Edwards, 39, is facing an indecent exposure charge in the Feb. 28 incident. Rockwood Police Department Detective Dwayne Gray investigated.

    “I spoke to complainant, Jessie Soles, who stated Tiffany Edwards was in front of her house at 305 W. Dunn St., lifting her shirt, exposing her bare breasts to the children in the area,” the warrant said. “Mr. Soles stated that one of the children that Ms. Edwards exposed herself to was his 11-year-old son.”

  • Roane Choral Society to present ‘100 Years of American Music’

    Roane Choral Society will present “100 Years of American Music” at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Princess Theatre, Harriman.

    Music and events from each decade beginning with the early 1900s will be featured.

    School choruses from Bowers Elementary, Midtown Elementary and Rhea County High will be featured.

    Admission is by donation.

    Visit www.roanechoralsociety.org for more information.

  • From the Editor’s Desk: Proposed K-14 worth a listen

    If you have not yet had the opportunity to listen to the K-14 presentation from The Roane Alliance CEO and President Wade Creswell, I urge that you do so.

    The presentation begins with a rather sobering picture of challenges facing Roane County. These challenges include things like negative population growth, an aging population, crime and drug addiction that will reduce the quality of life.


    Roane County Commission’s Jail Study Committee voted 4 to 1 Friday to recommend to the full commission authorization to fund preliminary engineering work for a jail expansion.

    The recommendation would provide $150,000 for work that would include soil investigation, land surveying and design.

    The money would come out of $850,000 that was appropriated last year for costs associated with acquisition of the Dollar General Store next door.

    The $150,000 would be deducted from the total cost of the completed project.