Local News

  • Goodbye, Josephine

    A longtime Rockwood columnist for the Roane County News died Tuesday.

    Josephine McKinney, 92, affectionately known as “Miss Josephine” to many, wrote “’Round Rockwood” for the Rockwood Times and later the Roane County News.

    She was a community columnist sharing the goings-on of friends and family, whether it be who came to dinner, who was sick, or who had a new bundle of joy on the way.

  • Lawbreakers in Rockwood may help police buy new computers

    People who are sent to Rockwood City Court could feel a slightly bigger pinch than before.

    Rockwood City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance to tack on a $5 “technology” fee at its meeting last month.

    Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright said the department has computers, tablets and software needs that this would go toward.

    “It is our recommendation we don’t touch it the first year,” said Wright.

    He wants to see the fund build up so the city can use it to upgrade technology as needed.

  • Houston brothers together again – in Bluegrass State

    Brothers Rocky and Leon Houston no longer live on the same Roane County farm, but they are in the same state.

    The Federal Bureau of Prisons has both serving time at facilities in Kentucky.

    Rocky is incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution in Ashland — a low-security institution with an adjacent minimum security satellite camp.

    Rocky, 53, was found guilty in March of being a convicted felon in possession of firearms. He received a nine-year sentence. The Federal Bureau of Prisons list his release date as Nov. 13, 2020.

  • Kingston rezoning passes

    If there were any lingering doubts as to why a full house turned out for the Aug. 12 Kingston City Council meeting, they were dispelled when most of the attendees left, en masse, midway through the agenda.

    That was after council members passed the second reading of an ordinance rezoning a 47-acre parcel off North Kentucky Street, clearing a path for a proposed new Kingston Pointe development featuring a car dealership, big-box store and other retail outlets.

  • Sampson winding down term

    Harriman Councilman J.D. Sampson cares about his city.

    His fellow council members recognized that when they expressed their pleasure in serving with him over the years.

    Sampson, after 10 years on the council, lost re-election last week.

    “We do appreciate his service,” said Councilman Lonnie Wright. “There is no doubt where J.D.’s heart lies.”

    “... and I really do appreciate his colorful commentary over the years ― most of it,” Wright quipped.

  • Harriman starts city manager search process

    Harriman officials kicked off the start of their search for a city manager this week and may have someone on board by October.

    Harriman City Council met in workshop session with Municipal Technical Advisory Service consultant Warren Nevad, who discussed the intent to follow a search process like MTAS did with Kingston.

    Kingston’s search, after the retirement of manager Jim Pinkerton, resulted in the hiring of David Bolling last year.

  • Lawyer claims gunfire at cat sanctuary

    Tiger Haven neighbor Toby Rhynehart and his attorney allege shots were being fired inside the big-cat sanctuary last week.

    They called police, although they don’t believe shots were being fired at them.

    Rhynehart faces a reckless endangerment charge for allegedly shooting at Tiger Haven on May 14, 2013. He denies the charge, insisting he was shooting at a private range built on his 114-acre farm that abuts Tiger Haven.

  • Vanderbilt study sheds light on the origins of breast cancer

    A protein essential for growth of normal breast tissue also may play a role in breast cancer, Vanderbilt University researchers have found.

    Reporting recently in Nature Cell Biology, Yongliang Huo and Ian Macara for the first time describe the function of a protein called Par3L, which is expressed by a gene Macara and colleagues discovered at the University of Virginia in 2002.

    Par3L is very similar to another protein, Par3, which functions as a polarity protein.

  • Star in the works
  • Hearing on tax-hike request

    The Roane County Commission’s Budget Committee will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2014-15 budget on Thursday.

    The Roane County Board of Education is asking for a 9-cent increase in the property tax rate to fund the school budget.

    “So far everything has been respectful on both sides,” Commissioner Bobby Collier said. “I’m hoping that’s going to continue.”