Local News

  • Rockwood city budget up for second reading, final approval

    Might Rockwood finally put its budget to rest this week?

    On Thursday Rockwood officials are set to consider a second reading of the city’s 2013 budget at a special-called meeting at 4 p.m.

    At issue is whether to make final the proposed $6.3 million budget.

    It’s been a divisive issue, with three Rockwood City Council members favoring the proposed budget and three others equally as determined to continue to study and tweak it.

    First reading passed unanimously, despite previous failed attempts at passing a budget early on.

  • Women arrested at meth house

    Two women who returned to the scene of a meth lab were arrested Saturday night. Kerry
    Elizabeth Ivey, 30, and Rebecca Leigh Webb, 28, are charged with criminal trespassing.

    Last month they were charged with manufacturing a controlled substance, child endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia when a meth lab and a 3-year-old child was discovered at 126 Broken Arrow Point.

    The residence was put under quarantine.

    According to the report on the criminal trespassing charges, an anonymous caller said two women were trespassing at the residence.

  • Honor Guard in need of a few good men

    The Roane County Military Memorial Honor Guard does its best to honor the lives of veterans, but dwindling numbers and an older set is making it harder.
    “We need some young guys,” said Glenn Collins, a member of the group. “To us, anyone under 70 is a young guy.”
    Collins and his fellow guard members serve beautifully, donning their dress uniforms for funeral services, which the organization does for no charge for families of honorably discharged veterans.

  • $100,000 in pot plants ripped up

    From staff reports
    A two-day marijuana eradication operation in Roane County netted more than 100 plants last week, the District Attorney General’s Office reported.
    The plants had a street value of over $100,000 and were taken from several locations around the county. 

  • Health issue claims driver

    From staff reports
    Kingston police said a South of the River man died from a heart attack while he was driving in the city last Thursday. He was identified as John Davenport, 47, of Rose Circle.
    Police said Davenport was headed south on Kentucky Street in a Pontiac Firebird when he had the heart attack and wrecked.
    Assistant Police Chief Gary Nelson said passersby pulled Davenport out of the car and attempted to revive him.


    David Morgan’s mood started to perk up as soon as absentee and early voting totals were released at the Roane County Courthouse Thursday night.

    He had a lead on Teresa Kirkham and would go on to defeat the longtime incumbent in the race for property assessor.

  • Close vote puts Chris Ahler in Harriman post

    Interim Harriman City Councilman Chris Ahler holds onto his partial-term seat by a small margin, narrowly beating out second-place finisher Wayne Best by only eight votes.

    Ahler was appointed by Mayor Chris Mason to temporarily fill the seat vacated by former Councilman Chase Tedder, who left to take a park ranger position with the National Park Service.

  • Incumbents on school board, Wright back in

    District 2 will have a new representative on the Roane County Board of Education after this month.

    Danny Wright finished ahead of incumbent Frank Mee in last week’s election to take one of the district’s two seats.

    “I’m just honored that the people would give me the opportunity to serve on the school board,” Wright said. “I look forward to working with the other members and the County Commission to enhance education of the youth in Roane County.”

    Wright finished with 1,017 votes compared to 969 for Mee.

  • August 2012 election
  • August 2012 campaigning


    Last-minute campaigning outside the Roane County Courthouse has become an Election Day tradition. These road superintendent hopeful supporters hope their smiles and waves will give voters a last-minute pause to consider their candidate for the job.