Local News

  • What’s routine for school board not so run-of-the-mill for commission

    School officials appeared before the Roane County Commission on Feb. 11 requesting approval of a $99,012 budget amendment that was passed by the school board in December.

    “It’s a routine budget amendment that just reflects new revenues and new expenditures since the original budget,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said.

    The vote, however, was anything but routine.

    Six commissioners voted in favor of the amendment.

    Four voted no, and five others passed.

  • Roane deputy hurt in Feb. 12 crash

    A Roane County sheriff’s deputy was injured in an afternoon car accident on Feb. 12.

    According to a report by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Michael Self was in his marked patrol car stopped at a traffic light at Roane and Crescent streets in Harriman.

    The report said a 17-year-old driving a 1995 Honda Civic failed to yield and struck the patrol car in the rear.

    Self, 26, was taken to Roane Medical Center by ambulance. The report said he suffered a minor injury.

    The patrol car was a 2011 Crown Victoria.

  • Admit toking to judge, go directly to jail

    Jennifer Lynn Sawin, an employee at the Grill & Pub, wasn’t the only person cited during the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission’s compliance check operation on Jan. 24.

    Margarito Salazar-Garcia, 35, served an alcoholic strawberry daiquiri to an underage informant at Los Primos Mexican restaurant in Harriman.

    He pleaded guilty to selling to a minor on Feb. 11 and received a $500 fine.

    He was also sentenced to 12 months in jail, but the time will be suspended if he pays the fine and court costs.

  • Mardi Gras party raises money to send RSCC choir to Carnegie Hall

    Beads, masks and jazz music punctuated last week’s Mardi Gras festivities on that most famous of thoroughfares.

    Rockwood Street.

    Yes, you read it right.

    The flashy celebration marking the last day of indulgence before the Lenten season was a chance to bring a little New Orleans fun to the Rockwood Event Center while raising money for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a group of Roane State Community College singers.

  • Mother, son sue over death of jail inmate

    Two lawsuits have been filed in Knoxville U.S. District Court over a death that occurred at the Roane County Jail.

    One was filed for the mother of Crystal Marlena Price. The other was filed on behalf of Price’s minor son.

    Price, 26, was an inmate at the jail when she died on Dec. 30, 2011.

    Sheriff Jack Stockton said she was found unresponsive in a holding cell.

  • Lane closures on I-40 near Harriman exit

    Travelers on Interstate 40 should look out for nightly lane closures in both the east-and westbound lanes near Exit 347 at Harriman as workers make repairs to the bridge over Roane Street, Caney Creek and the H&NE and CNO & TP railways.
    Tennessee Department of Transportation sent out a notice to look out for the lane closures this week. 
    When closures take place, it will be between 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. 
    “It is scheduled to be completed on or before” May 15, 2014, said TDOT spokesman Mark Nagi.

  • Kingston adds pipeline along Gallaher corridor

    Kingston Council members are considering another major waterline project — this one in anticipation of commercial development along the Gallaher Road corridor.
    Council placed a project to increase flow to that area on its February meeting at this month’s work session.
    The project is similar in several respects to the ongoing second phase of the Gallaher Road Sewer project.

  • Fugitive corralled in Hamilton County

    David Paul Wicks allegedly eluded authorities following a high-speed chase last July. He wasn’t so lucky this week, however.
    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office report, two deputies picked him up at the Hamilton County Jail on Tuesday.
    Wicks is charged in Roane County with reckless endangerment, simple possession, evading arrest, reckless driving, aggravated assault, speeding, driving on a suspended license, violation of probation and failure to appear.

  • Aytes marries school system employee

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes married former Midtown Elementary School principal Glenna Treece last month.
    Treece stepped down as Midtown principal after the 2011-12 school year.
    Aytes said she works part-time in the central office as a parent involvement coordinator.
    The marriage doesn’t create a conflict, Aytes said, because he’s not his wife’s direct supervisor.
    “She works under Mr. (Russell) Jenkins and Mr. (Keevin) Woody,” he said.

  • Embattled bar loses beer license

    The Roane County Beer Board voted Tuesday to revoke the Grill & Pub’s beer permit for a year.
    Sheriff Jack Stockton drove to the bar north of Harriman after the meeting to inform owner Grover Norton about the revocation.
    “I’m just here to deliver the message,” he said.
    Norton had little to say about the setback.
    “I expected his demeanor to be worse than what it was,” Stockton said. “I was shocked.”