Local News

  • Wrong year for Morgan change

    Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan made a mistake when he changed the 2011 appraisal on the Regions Bank building in downtown Harriman.
    Former property assessor Teresa Kirkham said it’s an example of his inability to do the job.
    According to county records, the building was appraised at a little more than $2 million for the 2011 tax year.
    Kirkham lowered it to approximately $1.5 million for the 2012 tax year.

  • Accusations traded over property

    One of Teresa Kirkham’s Facebook friends may investigate if any wrongdoing occurred when she lowered an appraisal for Dr. Clary P. Foote.
    District Attorney General Russell Johnson has requested that Robert Lee, the general counsel for the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury, “initiate a review or single parcel audit” on the appraisal of the Regions Bank building in downtown Harriman.
    Lee and Kirkham are friends on the Facebook social network.
    Foote purchased the building from First States Investors 4200 LLC in January for $280,500.

  • Deputy’s efforts help motorist in sinking car

    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Smith helped a man escape an “almost” submerged vehicle Sunday morning.
    According to the sheriff’s office, Kingston and county officers responded to a 911 call about a man driving his car into the lake.
    While checking the old lake access at the end of Ferguson Lane, Smith observed a car about 60 feet out in the water.

  • Kingston wants refund from Tennessee

    The city of Kingston will ask the Tennessee Department of Transportation for a refund, or so city council members decided at a recent council session.
    Trouble is, no one knows how such a request will go over; the state doesn’t have a refund aisle, or a customer service desk, nor even a complaint department.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Road trips ought to include some leg stretching

    It’s the holiday season, and that means two things: Chances are you’ve been on the road and eating more than normal.
    I’m just as guilty as anyone else.
    Last weekend, Derek and I gathered with his siblings at his parents in Western Kentuucky.
    We brought snacks.
    They brought snacks.
    His sister made a yummy beef-and-cheese-laden tamale casserole for dinner, and his mother produced Key lime pie for dessert.

  • Kingston greenway bridge issues won’t change planned completion

    A subcontractor in the ongoing Ladd Greenway project nearly burned its bridges before building them by attempting to add a new design element at a substantial extra cost — well after prices and plans were a matter of record.
    Ladd project engineer Danl Hall explained to Kingston City Council members at the November work session that when construction firm Stethen Smith won the Ladd project with a low bid last year, they contracted with the U.S. Bridge Co. to build a pedestrian bridge as part of the three-part greenway.
    The contract was signed a year ago.

  • Assessor’s candidate charged with DUI

    A two-time candidate for Roane County property assessor has been charged over an alleged drunk-driving incident.
    Kingston police arrested Steven Robinette Friday night.
    He has been charged with DUI and violation of the implied consent law.
    According to the arrest report, police responded to the city park area after a caller reported a silver truck had “run out of the road several times.”

  • Leftover TVA ash funds assigned

    Roane County Schools will be allowed to use the surplus from its $32 million building program on more projects.
    The Roane County Economic Development Foundation met recently and approved the move.
    The foundation was formed in 2009 to disburse $43 million TVA made available to Roane County and its cities because of the fly ash catastrophe that occurred at the Kingston Fossil Plant.
    Approximately $1.7 million was left from the $32 million the foundation approved for the school building program. 

  • Burglary at golf course rattles city

    A break-in at the Emory Golf Course in Harriman last week has officials thinking of getting cameras.
    Councilman Kenyon Mee said someone smashed the register and got a small amount of cash and drinks.
    “The new one is going to be around the $2,000 range,” Mee said of a register.
    Mee added that the  board had discussed a security system before.
    They are also considering going to a register that can do point-of-service transactions for debit and credit cards.

  • Local detective honored for his drug work

    Jason Mynatt’s resume just got more impressive.
    The detective with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office recently was named the Eastern District Narcotics Officer of the Year and the State Narcotics Officer of the Year at the Tennessee Narcotics Officers Association Training Conference.
    “It was an honor,” he said.
    Mynatt is a member of the Roane County Joint Drug Unit, which was named the Drug Unit of the Year at the conference.
    Rockwood Police Department detective Josh Rymer, a member of the unit, called the honor humbling.