Local News

  • Office seekers stump at county commission mtg.

    The public is given an opportunity to speak at each Roane County Commission meeting. Most often people take the time to express grievances or concerns about things going on in the county, but sometimes it can become a platform for political hopefuls.

    That was the case in February when Kent Calfee, who is seeking the Republican nomination in House District 32, came before the commission.

    “If I’m elected, I’ll certainly be in Nashville to work for you all,” he said.

  • Harriman owned Kingston doc’s office to be leased

    It sits in Kingston, but Harriman owns a medical building it acquired after the contracts were signed to turn over Roane Medical Center operations to Covenant Health.

    Harriman officials will be deciding on a lease agreement for the facility at its meeting Tuesday. Currently Roane Medical Center Industrial Medicine is located at that building.

  • Keeping cool without the pool


    (L-R) Dakota Ratliff, Cheyenne Ratliff and Jonathan Boles enjoy the splash pad at Roane County Park last week. The splash pad is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.

  • Kingston water and sewer rates to rise

    After three years of steady rates, Kingston City Council set the final reading of an ordinance raising city water and sewer rates by 5 percent for fiscal 2012-13.

    The decisive final vote will occur at the June 12 full council session. The measure setting the annual budget for the water and sewer departments for fiscal ’12-’13 and establishing rates and expenses passed on first reading at the May meeting.

  • Harriman Police eyeing suspects in burglary rash

    Harriman Police Department continues to work to solve a rash of several business burglaries over recent months.

    Businesses burglarized have primarily been located in the South Roane Street area of the city.

    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle updated the Harriman City Council about the burglaries at their Tuesday meeting.

    “We have made two juvenile arrests involving some of these burglaries,” Heidle said. The department is also investigating some other juveniles as well as adults on some of the other cases.

  • Riverfront gets beauty treatment

    Roane County juvenile officer Chris Mason and Leonora Spangler, a youth service officer for Roane County Juvenile Court supervise a group of children in the Children’s Attitude Motivational Program at Riverfront Park in Harriman, where Mason is also mayor. The summer program is sponsored by the Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition, on which Spangler also serves as a board member, and the National Guard. Last Wednesday, the group worked to clean up plant growth between pavers at the veterans’ memorial at the park.

  • Mayfield video sought

    Interest in the Michael Mayfield tire cutting case didn’t go away with his April 26 confession.
    The following day victim Tyler Threadgill requested a copy of the surveillance video that reportedly shows Mayfield doing the deed.
    Mayfield is the son of Mayfield Dairy Farms president and Republican congressional candidate Scottie Mayfield. Threadgill is the campaign manager for U.S. Congressman Chuck Fleischmann.
    Kingston police did not comply with the request, which prompted Threadgill’s attorney to send the department a letter.

  • Veteran’s coronation coin a keeper

    Kevin Conroy keeps up with his prized possessions. He has a 1920s-era Kodak camera that used to belong to his mother.
    “The film is hard to come by,” he said. “I don’t think you can even get it any more.”
    Another one of Conroy’s most cherished keepsakes is the 5- shilling commemorative coin that marked the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
    Conroy said he got it in England in 1953.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Common garden flower takes root in heart

    Over the weekend, my guy Derek sent me a simple text message with a photograph of a stubby marigold.
    “It bloomed,” he proclaimed.
    I knew exactly what he meant.
    “Yay,” I texted back.
    The marigold in the picture had self seeded in the tiniest crack in his asphalt driveway and was growing there — flowering even — alone in a hard, black desert.
    Derek knew leaving it wasn’t the best thing for the driveway, but he admired its cheerful toughness.
    I admired him for leaving it be.

  • Volunteer Energy gives grants in Roane

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative awarded $2,750 in grants to Roane County organizations in April through its VECustomers Share program.
    The program, founded in October 2001, has donated more than $4.1 million to various community-service organizations.
    Local groups collecting grants in April include Midway High School PTO/FFA, $1,000; South Roane County Volunteer Fire Department, $1,000; Midway High School Spanish Club, $250; Roane Choral Society, $250; and Midway Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support team, $250.