Local News

  • Hines still to get city paycheck

    Rockwood City Council didn’t approve proposed contracts for outgoing city recorder Jim Hines to continue building inspection and city recorder duties, but that doesn’t mean he’s going anywhere.
    Rockwood Mayor James Watts said Hines would continue at his current pay scale and be paid by voucher until someone could be hired to replace him.
    “Every two weeks he’ll submit a voucher for his pay,” Watts said following the meeting.
    For many on the city council, money was the issue with both contracts Hines proposed.

  • County wins grant for HVAC work

    Roane County was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development earlier this month for heating and air-conditioning units,  ductwork, controls and thermostats at the Roane County Courthouse.
    “Anytime we can use somebody else’s money to help us out, that’s a good thing,” County Executive Ron Woody said. “It gets us started a little early on the project.”

  • Gun fired by woman who unliked boyfriend’s Facebooking

    A 38-year-old woman allegedly threatened to shoot her boyfriend because of his chatting on a social network.
    Angela Christine Berry was charged with aggravated assault in the Dec. 17 incident. 
    Rockwood police responded to 704 N. Wilder Ave., to investigate a domestic with shots fired.
    Steve Calvin Morrow Jr. told police that he and Berry got into an argument because he used his phone to talk to another woman on Facebook.

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  • Harriman church burglar nabbed

    A man suspected of breaking into and taking items from Trenton Street Baptist Church in Harriman has been taken into custody.

    Coty R. Barnwell, 22, 757 Emory Heights Road, Harriman, was charged with aggravated burglary and theft.

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office online inmate system lists his bond at $6,000 for theft and $3,000 for aggravated burglary.

    His court date is scheduled for Jan. 30.

  • A family affair


    KATIE HOGIN/Roane Newspapers
    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam and his son, Chris, who was home for nearly two weeks from Fort Stewart, Ga., ring the Salvation Army bells at Food City with the rest of Washam’s family, including daughters Savannah, Tara and Maleah and wife, Lisa.

  • Yager bills take aim at prescription abuse

    State Sen. Ken Yager has announced that he will sponsor prescription drug abuse legislation in the 2012 legislative session to require doctors, pharmacists or their designees to check the state’s Controlled Substance Monitoring Database before prescribing or filling prescriptions for scheduled drugs.  

    In addition, a separate bill being drafted by Yager would require that anyone who picks up a prescription for a scheduled drug must show photo identification.

  • Tax-exempt entities may have more time to file

    Tax-exempt organizations with January and February filing due dates will have until March 30, 2012, to file their annual returns, the Internal Revenue Service announced.

    In Tennessee, approximately 1,400 organizations can take advantage of the extended filing deadline.

    The IRS is granting this extension of time to file because the part of the e-file system that processes electronically filed returns of tax-exempt organizations will be off-line during January and February.

  • Rockwood pair top volunteers

    Roane County’s two 2011 Volunteer Stars were awarded last month.

    Michael Ann Begley and Joey Goss, both of Rockwood, were recognized for their services contributed to the community through the past year.

    Goss, a student at Rockwood High School, was the youth recipient. He has been volunteering at The Bridge at Rockwood, spending five hours there on school days and between seven and nine on the weekends.

    “I love doing it,” he said. “It’s my favorite thing.”