Local News

  • Kirkham in the clear on Foote appraisal

    Former Roane County property assessor Teresa Kirkham will not face criminal charges for the reduced assessment on the Regions Bank building in downtown Harriman.
    The building is owned by Dr. Clary P. Foote. Current Property Assessor David Morgan claimed Kirkham lowered the appraisal on the building because she was dating Foote. Kirkham denied those allegations and said she lowered the appraisal on the building because it changed use after Foote bought it.
    District Attorney General Russell Johnson asked the state comptroller’s office to investigate.

  • Former Rockwood department head indicted

    Rockwood's former public works director Tom Pierce was charged Wednesday in a multi-count indictment that includes theft, official misconduct and unauthorized use of credit cards.

    An addendum to the Roane County Grand Jury Report said auditor Phillip Job of the State Comptroller's Office conducted an investigative audit of the Rockwood City Parks and Recreation Department at the request of Rockwood Mayor James Watts and the District Attorney General.

  • Kingston green spree expands

    The construction has not even begun yet, but Kingston’s solar footprint is growing.
    The city’s planned solar farm project is going to be five times the size that was originally proposed.
    Now, instead of producing 50 kilowatts of power on a single site, it looks as if the city and its partner, the firm Energy Source Partners, will produce 250 kw of power across a pair of locations.
    They will be taking advantage of two separate Tennessee Valley Authority power buy-back programs.

  • Kingston ready to go to work on medical plaza

    Kingston officials are tantalizingly close to getting renovations on the new city hall building into full swing now, with old tenants on the verge of departure.
    City Manager Jim Pinkerton said recently that the retrofitting of Kingston Medical Plaza — the planned site of the new city hall — should be “going strong in March.”
    The building’s remaining tenants, the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center and a physician, are scheduled to leave the building by Feb. 22.

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  • Other Houston brother takes on courts

    During a hearing in January, defense attorney Joseph Fanduzz vowed to suppress key parts of the government’s criminal case against Leon Houston.
    He’s proven to be a man of his word.
    Last week Fanduzz filed motions to suppress footage from the video camera agents installed, Houston’s alleged statement to law enforcement and evidence obtained from his residence.  

  • Meth found at Gallaher Road rental house

    Kingston police found 22 “one-pot” meth bottles at 739 Gallaher Road Sunday.
    It was the largest seizure to date for the department.
    “We’ve been lucky,” Chief Jim Washam said. “A lot of it’s been cooked out in the rural areas, but now we’re seeing the trend where people are coming into the city and cooking it.”
    The property was quarantined, and Washam said no arrests had been made as of Tuesday afternoon, but police did have some suspects.

  • Ross elected chairman of state committee

    Kingston Parks and Recreation Director Rick Ross already had the appreciation of local officials, who recognize him as the tireless, dedicated department head responsible for shepherding for so many of the city’s signature events.
    Now he’s been recognized by his peers, as well.
    Earlier this year, Ross was elected chairman of the athletic branch of the Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association for 2013.
    The ballot was taken from fellow TRPA members — other parks and rec directors from all over the state.

  • Patient transfer to new hospital smooth affair

    Six of Roane County’s eight ambulances were parked on Harriman’s Devonia Street Sunday morning — but not because of any emergency.

    The gathering was due to the closing of the old Roane Medical Center in downtown Harriman and the transfer of patients to the new facility in Midtown.

    “We’ve been planning this for over a month,” Roane County ambulance director Howie Rose said about the patient transfer. “We’ve had weekly meetings with the hospital to get ready for this.”

  • Boat races to return to city’s July 4th events

    It’s official: boat racing has been fast-tracked to return to Kingston for the summer holiday season.

    Kingston Parks and Recreation director Rick Ross told Kingston City Council members that the American Power Boat Association has signed on to hold its pro-class championship races in Kingston July 2-4.

    Kingston has hosted drag boat racing events over the July 4 holiday in recent years. But this will be the first time in 18 years that the city has hosted oval track-style boat racing.