Local News

  • Tiger Haven shooter indicted

    Toby Rhynehart said he’s looking forward to proving he is innocent of allegations that he shot at Tiger Haven in May.
    He’ll get that chance because the Roane County grand jury indicted him on a charge of reckless endangerment on Monday.
    “I’m going to prove my innocence,” Rhynehart said Tuesday. “I think I can prove it with no problem.”

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Michael Self arrested Rhynehart on May 14 after responding to Tiger Haven on a shots-fired call.

  • AG: Ryans wrong to serve dual roles

    The issue of Jim Ryans serving on the Roane County Board of Public Utilities and the Roane County Election Commission became moot locally when he resigned from the utilities board in July 2012.
    Before he stepped down, state officials had sought an opinion on the matter from Tennessee Attorney General Robert E. Cooper Jr.
    Cooper finally issued one last week.
    “A member of the Roane County Election Commission may not serve as a member of the Roane County Board of Public Utilities,” the opinion said.

  • BANG! You’re not dead

    Some Roane County Sheriff’s officers were doing more than just knocking on doors last week.
    Some of them learned what is considered a safer new technique in high-risk situations for breaking down doors.
    They used a device called the WallBanger, which merges a battering ram with explosives.

    The device allows for a faster, more successful forced entry, giving potentially hostile suspects less time to react and arm themselves.

  • Jackson promotes Harriman

    Dina Jackson has a unique viewpoint of the gradually changing face of Harriman’s downtown from her office at the visitora center next to the historic Princess Theatre.
    Jackson moved her office there late this summer so that the center, which is paid for with a Tennessee Department of Transportation enhancement grant, will be open throughout the week.
    “It also helps if people want to come and talk about the buildings downtown,” Jackson said.

  • State’s new intellectual disabilities department riddled with problems

    The Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, formerly headed by Kingston’s Jim Henry, must remedy serious problems, state auditors reported.
    Those problems involve service recipient safety practices, service delivery system and information system implementation efforts, according to a report released Tuesday by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office.

  • Ishman has credentials for inspector job

    In reading my backlog of Roane County News papers following our return from vacation in Florida and the Caribbean, I noticed comments by Rockwood Councilwoman Peggy Evans in a Sept. 27 article written by Cindy Simpson.
    In reading other issues to date, I did not see that anyone took issue with Evans’ unsubstantiated comments regarding Harold Ishman’s qualification as part-time building inspector for the city of Rockwood.

  • Feds win on Leon Houston appeal

    The government does not have to give Leon Houston the names and addresses of law enforcement officers who were present when he was arrested on Jan. 11. The decision by U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. ordering the government to do so was reversed on appeal by U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves.
    “In short, the defendant has not carried his burden of demonstrating that the disclosure of the identities of these unknown law enforcement officers is necessary or appropriate,” Reeves said in the order setting aside Shirley’s order.

  • Rockwood man aims gun, rifle

    Ronald Lewis Underwood, a 54-year-old Rockwood man, was arrested on Oct. 12 for allegedly pointing a handgun and a rifle at one of his neighbors.
    Officer Charles P. Haubrich said he encountered Underwood when he was responding to Tedder Street to investigate the incident.

  • Rockwood first responders change call response

    Rockwood Fire Department wanted a solution to its call outs for lifting and non-emergency calls.
    The department got its answer in regards to what emergency and lift assistance calls it would go to at Rockwood City Council’s meeting last month. First, the Rockwood City Council passed a resolution limiting the first responder calls to priority one calls only. Priority one calls are serious.

  • Accident at mile marker 343

    Rain and wind are believed to be the cause of a one-vehicle accident at mile marker 343 on I-40 Thursday afternoon. A 2001 GMC Sierra with a camper trailer lost control and flipped. Randall Ray, Castalian Springs, Tenn., was taken to Roane Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. The westbound roadway was temporarily closed while it was being cleaned up that afternoon.