Local News

  • Deputy’s resignation impacts court cases

    Criminal cases in which  former Roane County sheriff’s deputy Derek Kennedy was the arresting officer could end up getting dismissed.
    “If there was another officer that observed or had some involvement and can prosecute the case, then we’ll go forward with it,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said. “If it’s a stand-alone case, just on Derek Kennedy’s testimony, then those cases we’ll have to dismiss probably, depending on whether we get Derek in and what the facts of the case are.”

  • Pinnacle Pointe access an issue with potential new businesses

    A street in the Pinnacle Pointe shopping development in central Roane County is another step closer to being opened to other parcels.

    Pinnacle Drive, which is part of litigation between the city of Harriman and developers over who owes whom for public and private work done at the development, has been a hot topic since the owner of a neighboring parcel has requested help in getting access to the shopping complex.

    The city is moving forward with the steps needed to condemn the Midtown-area property between the road and that owner’s land.

  • Ruppe rewarded for job well done

    Rockwood City Recorder Becky Ruppe got a bump in pay from a grateful Rockwood City Council that feels she has gone beyond the call of duty to get the city’s finances improved.

    Rockwood City Council unanimously approved a $5,000-increase in pay that officials said would not require adjustments to the budget.

    Councilman Bill Thompson gave Ruppe the biggest thump on the back with his praise for her work.

    “Since February, there has been a lot of things happen around here, and I think they have been good things,” Thompson said.

  • More trouble for embattled lawyer

    Attorney Spence Bruner of Roane County could find himself in more trouble following Tuesday’s decision by the Court of Criminal Appeals to hold him in contempt of court.

    “The Board of Professional Responsibility will be notified,” Judge Joseph M. Tipton said.

    The Board of Professional Responsibility oversees the conduct of attorneys for the Tennessee Supreme Court.

    Bruner has been disciplined by the board on several occasions.

  • Lee resigns from board

    Eddie Lee’s resignation from the Rockwood Water Sewer and Natural Gas Board was unanimously approved by Rockwood City Council Monday.
    Lee, whose personal troubles became apparent in August when he pleaded guilty to three counts of sales tax evasion for his three businesses, Big E’s Quick Mart in Rockwood, the Go Mart, Harriman, and Big E’s Tobacco Outlet in Kingston, was asked to resign prior to Monday’s meeting.
    In a letter, Lee thanked the city and ratepayers and said it was an honor to serve them.

  • 11-year-old shoots elk

    An 11-year-old Rockwood boy had a lot to brag about last Wednesday when he brought photos of a recent hunting trip to basketball practice to show to his coach and teammates.
    Corbin Moore had become the first youth to legally harvest an elk in Tennessee since the majestic animals were restored to the state 12 years ago.
    Moore, who goes to school in Oakdale, was drawn for one of five tags for Tennessee’s fourth managed elk hunt Oct. 15-19 on the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area.

  • Lawyer sentenced to 10 days in jail

    A three-judge panel of the Court of Criminal Appeals found Roane County attorney Spence Bruner in contempt of court on Tuesday.
    “We just feel obligated,” Judge Joseph M. Tipton said. “There’s been such a long time of just willful neglect of your responsibility to this court.”
    Bruner was ordered to serve 10 days in jail, pay a $50 fine and court costs.
    The jail time will be suspended if he pays the fine and costs within 30 days.

  • Auction of two elementaries set to proceed

    Roane County Commission cleared the way for the school system to auction Walnut Hill and Dyllis elementary schools. A resolution passed on Oct. 15 granted the system any of the county government’s interest in the properties.
    “The Roane County Commission authorizes the Roane County executive to execute any contract or deed to insure this transfer of interest either to the Roane County Schools or a new owner, if sold by the Roane County school system,” the commission resolution said.

  • Mayor may move comment session

    Part of Rockwood City Council’s most candid moments often are heard in the council and mayor comments near the close of the regular council meetings each month.
    However, Mayor James Watts has said he would like to omit that portion of the meeting.
    “We can have most of that stuff in our council workshop,” Watts said.
    Council doesn’t have regularly scheduled workshops, but occasionally Watts has held meetings to discuss items that will be going on the agenda.

  • Men team up to rob Harriman service station

    The Lee’s Food Mart at 1859 S. Roane St. in Harriman was robbed at gunpoint by two men Saturday 9:22 p.m.

    A Harriman Police Department incident report said when officers arrived at the BP station near Interstate 40’s Exit 347, a store clerk told them two men had left on foot heading toward the Comfort Inn. Officer Brian Turner used a police dog to followed a trail toward the hotel, but there the scent was lost.

    The store clerk told police that two white males entered the store in black clothing and blue masks.