Local News

  • Ross elected chairman of state committee

    Kingston Parks and Recreation Director Rick Ross already had the appreciation of local officials, who recognize him as the tireless, dedicated department head responsible for shepherding for so many of the city’s signature events.
    Now he’s been recognized by his peers, as well.
    Earlier this year, Ross was elected chairman of the athletic branch of the Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association for 2013.
    The ballot was taken from fellow TRPA members — other parks and rec directors from all over the state.

  • Patient transfer to new hospital smooth affair

    Six of Roane County’s eight ambulances were parked on Harriman’s Devonia Street Sunday morning — but not because of any emergency.

    The gathering was due to the closing of the old Roane Medical Center in downtown Harriman and the transfer of patients to the new facility in Midtown.

    “We’ve been planning this for over a month,” Roane County ambulance director Howie Rose said about the patient transfer. “We’ve had weekly meetings with the hospital to get ready for this.”

  • Boat races to return to city’s July 4th events

    It’s official: boat racing has been fast-tracked to return to Kingston for the summer holiday season.

    Kingston Parks and Recreation director Rick Ross told Kingston City Council members that the American Power Boat Association has signed on to hold its pro-class championship races in Kingston July 2-4.

    Kingston has hosted drag boat racing events over the July 4 holiday in recent years. But this will be the first time in 18 years that the city has hosted oval track-style boat racing.

  • Kingston to educate kids about fires

    Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon is organizing the department’s  annual fire safety and prevention program.

    More than 1,000 children, from ages 4-12, will receive fire prevention materials such as, manuals, badges, posters and handouts geared to their age level.

    The materials will be discussed in class at Kingston Elementary and Calvary Baptist School and daycare facilities, Head Start and the other pre-K schools throughout the area.

  • Coalition looks into helping with area’s homeless

    A new program to help the homeless may be forming in Roane County.

    The Roane County Homeless Coalition was formed last year to look at the issues facing the homeless.

    It will have a public meeting next month to explore interest in Family Promise, which has an interfaith hospitality network program geared at using community churches and community members to provide on a weekly rotating basis overnight accommodations and meals for homeless families.

  • Roane officers rank high at THP

    Two Roane County residents have been promoted to high-ranking positions with the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

    Cheryl Sanders of Oliver Springs is the agency’s first-ever female field major. And Jessie Brooks of Kingston is now captain of the Chattanooga District.

    “I’m honored and blessed and proud and all of that,” said Sanders, who in her new duties oversees all East Tennessee district offices, including Cookeville, Chattanooga, Knoxville and Fall Branch.

    “I’m excited.”

  • What’s routine for school board not so run-of-the-mill for commission

    School officials appeared before the Roane County Commission on Feb. 11 requesting approval of a $99,012 budget amendment that was passed by the school board in December.

    “It’s a routine budget amendment that just reflects new revenues and new expenditures since the original budget,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said.

    The vote, however, was anything but routine.

    Six commissioners voted in favor of the amendment.

    Four voted no, and five others passed.

  • Roane deputy hurt in Feb. 12 crash

    A Roane County sheriff’s deputy was injured in an afternoon car accident on Feb. 12.

    According to a report by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Michael Self was in his marked patrol car stopped at a traffic light at Roane and Crescent streets in Harriman.

    The report said a 17-year-old driving a 1995 Honda Civic failed to yield and struck the patrol car in the rear.

    Self, 26, was taken to Roane Medical Center by ambulance. The report said he suffered a minor injury.

    The patrol car was a 2011 Crown Victoria.

  • Admit toking to judge, go directly to jail

    Jennifer Lynn Sawin, an employee at the Grill & Pub, wasn’t the only person cited during the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission’s compliance check operation on Jan. 24.

    Margarito Salazar-Garcia, 35, served an alcoholic strawberry daiquiri to an underage informant at Los Primos Mexican restaurant in Harriman.

    He pleaded guilty to selling to a minor on Feb. 11 and received a $500 fine.

    He was also sentenced to 12 months in jail, but the time will be suspended if he pays the fine and court costs.

  • Mardi Gras party raises money to send RSCC choir to Carnegie Hall

    Beads, masks and jazz music punctuated last week’s Mardi Gras festivities on that most famous of thoroughfares.

    Rockwood Street.

    Yes, you read it right.

    The flashy celebration marking the last day of indulgence before the Lenten season was a chance to bring a little New Orleans fun to the Rockwood Event Center while raising money for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a group of Roane State Community College singers.