Local News

  • Murder-for-hire suspect to go to trial on Nov. 28

    The woman accused of trying to have the father of her minor son killed has a trial date.

    Laura Ann Buckingham is tentatively scheduled to stand trial on Nov. 28 in Roane County Criminal Court.

    She’s charged with solicitation to commit first-degree murder.

    The alleged victim is Bradley Sutherland. Buckingham allegedly hired a hitman to have Sutherland killed because she was upset about having to travel from Roane County to Indiana once a week so Sutherland could have visitation with their son.

  • 2 hurt in crash on Hwy. 58

    A Ten Mile man is facing charges in connection with a head-on crash that happened on the morning of May 4 South of the River on Hwy. 58.

    “It was not a fatal crash,” Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. Don Boshears said.

    The THP investigated, and levied a reckless driving charge against 45-year-old Christopher M. Whitmire.

    According to the report, he was headed north in a 1996 Honda Accord around 6 a.m. when he crossed the center line and struck a 2016 ETHRA bus head-on.

  • Harriman still eyeing Pacifico as city’s public safety director

    Harriman officials are continuing to look at ways to restructure their staffing.

    Key to that plan is the possibility of naming Harriman Police Chief Derek Pacifico public safety director but the main discussion now is whether to make a codes enforcement officer a full-time or part-time position.

    “We are not getting just behind,” Councilman Buddy Holley said. “When we get better at one area, we get bad somewhere else.

    “I think it is a full time job, at least for several years.”

  • Property owner given time to clean up

    The owner of a fire-damaged home at 115 Shubert St. in Kingston is being granted more time to clean up and rehabilitate the property.

    During a hearing Tuesday to decide whether to order demolition of the home, the Kingston City Council voted unanimously to give property owner Nick Robbins a timetable for compliance with safety issues.

    The property, which burned in 2013, has passed through at least two owners who acquired the home through a tax sale. Robbins acquired the home in 2016.

  • Emergency communications kudos
  • Historic library hit with flooding woes

    Harriman Public Library is having flooding issues — and it’s not just water that has ended up in the basement of the historic building.

    In addition to water runoff entering the building at times, Harriman Public Library Director Tammie Edwards said sewer issues have also caused back up.

    “We replaced the carpet in the children’s department,” Edwards explained. “We had to move everyone out twice.”

    She said the water issues have been around about 15 years.

  • County may add road to holdings

    Some relief could come to residents who use Bournemouth Drive.

    Roane County Commissioner Junior Hendrickson said the Road Committee has voted in favor of adding Bournemouth Drive to the county road list.

    “It passed the Road Committee, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to pass the Commission,” said Hendrickson, who chairs the Road Committee.

    Bournemouth Drive is south of Rockwood in the Eagle Furnace area. Sharon Brown lives on Bournemouth Drive and has been trying to get the county to do something about the road for years.

  • Dollar General buy on, but not at $850,000

    The building that houses the Dollar General Store on Third Street in Kingston could soon be owned by Roane County.

    On Monday, the County Commission voted 13-2 on a resolution that allows County Executive Ron Woody and County Attorney Greg Leffew to negotiate with owner Matt Caldwell for the building.

    The purchase price cannot exceed $760,617.

    “It’s still a price to be negotiated, but we wanted to set a lower limit,” Commissioner Steve Kelley said.

  • Cofer retires from Rockwood utilities

    One of Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas’ most loyal employees is saying goodbye.

    Billing supervisor Fonna Cofer has retired after 21 years.

    “I don’t want to leave, but I had a stroke in September,” said Cofer.

    “I’ve enjoyed working for the water and gas. They are a great company,” she added.

    Cofer started as a cashier and work order clerk and then went into billing and became the billing supervisor.