Local News

  • Rockwood crash kills three

    From staff reports

    A 14-year-old Rockwood Middle School eighth-grader and two adults were killed in a one-vehicle crash on Kingston Avenue in Rockwood Friday afternoon.

    The news devastated Malachi Thomas’ mother, Heather Thomas, who said she was heading down to Kingston Avenue when Rockwood Police Officer Jared Hall and another man showed up to tell her the tragic news.

    “It is very, very hard,” Heather Thomas said Saturday. “I’ve never felt anything like this before.”

  • Rockwood Police Department investigating accident with two confirmed dead

    Rockwood Police Department is investigating a car accident that took the lives of at least two individuals on Kingston Avenue Friday afternoon.

    In addition to two fatalities, two others were transported to area hospitals with unknown injuries.

    Initial reports were that three died in the single vehicle accident.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol Critical Incident Response Team was assisting on the scene.

    Look for more in the Monday, Jan. 9, edition of the Roane County News.

  • LeMond fires Harriman expert

    The partnership between three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond and carbon fiber pioneer Connie Jackson didn’t last long.

    Jackson was fired as chief executive officer of LeMond Companies on Dec. 9.

    The firing came less than two months after the pair got together with local, state and federal officials to announce the creation of 242 new jobs in Roane County.

    Jackson, who lives in Harriman, responded to the firing by filing a federal lawsuit against Greg LeMond, LeMond Companies, LeMond Composites, Nicolas Wegener and Alex Jacome.

  • Harriman man jailed for firing gun during argument

    From staff reports

    A Harriman man was taken into custody after police responded to a report of shots fired at an Anzie Way apartment Tuesday night.

    Christopher John Harmon, 37, of 135 Anzie Way, was charged with aggravated domestic assault, felony reckless endangerment, simple possession of a Schedule VI, possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a weapon.

    Harmon, who has a previous felony drug conviction, is barred from possessing firearms.

  • Big goals for Harriman recreation

    The New Year is bringing upgrades to Harriman Community Center.

    Parks and Recreation Director Allen Hickman is making changes to the facility’s basketball court.

    “We just put in height adjustors on our goals,” Hickman said Wednesday. “We have three different divisions that play on three different heights from 8 to 10 feet. This will save us a lot of time and labor as now one person can handle it.

    “We are also putting in new breakaway goals in the next couple of weeks.”

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  • OFF the CUFF: Retreat from out-of-town meeting

    Our elected officials — whether they be in a tiny Tennessee town or Washington, D.C. — serve at our pleasure.

    We entrust them to pave our roads, buy our children’s school books, provide us with police and fire protection, give us libraries, and dispose of our waste (both rubbish and sewage).

    They provide these services via our dollars, whether it’s from taxes or fees.

    We choose them, they use our money to spend for us. Operating transparently is the least they can do in return.

  • Death at Kingston store said to be of natural causes

    From staff reports

    Kingston Fire Department received a call around noon on Friday about a woman unconscious in the bathroom of the Cash Saver grocery store at 615 N. Kentucky St. in Kingston.

    Emergency responders found the woman not breathing.

    “She went to the restroom, and management went to check on her about 20 to 25 minutes later,” said Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon.

    Roane County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Boduch said the woman died of natural causes.

    There will be no autopsy, Boduch said.

  • New look for EMS digs

    From staff reports

    Roane County Ambulance Service main office has received a much needed makeover.

    Several new ambulances have also been put into service to replace older units, said Emergency Medical Services Director Tim Suter.

    The Ambulance Service has three stations throughout the community. The main office at the Central Services Building on Roane State Hwy., Midtown, houses two crews for their entire 24-hour shift.

    EMS personnel live, eat and sleep in this station.