Local News

  • Rosado denied parole on five-year sentence

    Tammy Ellen Rosado was denied parole last month.

    That means the 47-year-old Roane County woman will spend more time behind bars for her voluntary manslaughter conviction in the death of James Cobb.

    Assistant District Attorney General Bob Edwards prosecuted Rosado for the state. He accompanied some of Cobb’s relatives to Rosado’s parole hearing.

    “We all kind of said our side of it, trying to convince the parole officer to deny her parole, and he agreed,” Edwards said.

    “We were happy with it.”

  • Harriman rounds up its tax rate

    The first reading of the Harriman budget for the fiscal 2017 year includes rounding up the property-tax rate from $1.2197 per $100 valuation to $1.22 per $100 valuation.

    Harriman Treasurer Charles Kerley said a taxpayer with a $100,000 appraised-value home will pay 7 cents more on the tax rate, while a home with a $200,000 appraised-value will pay 15 cents more.

    Councilman Wayne Best said the city is keeping its tax rate low, but that means the city is limited in what it can do.



    Albert Goss, a longtime Harriman resident, recently celebrated his 95th birthday in Hawaii with friends and his daughter, Linda Lum. He is pictured at Kualoa Regional Park in Oahu.


    Friends, family, current and former Roane County Board of Education members, current and former principals along with school officials from the past and present converged on Midway Elementary School Monday evening to pay homage to Everett Massengill.

    The longtime school board member who represents the Midway area is retiring at the end of the month.

    “It was just fantastic,” Massengill said about the evening, which included a reception and his final school board meeting. “It was great.”

  • Comcast’s Games

    Rockwood Electric Utility General Manager Kendall Bear has been watching the Olympic Games play out with a fair amount of amusement.

    He said it is interesting to him that Comcast, which owns the Games’ exclusive broadcaster, NBC, has pulled in more than $1 billion in revenue and purchased advertising, yet still has not paid its outstanding pole rental fee to REU.

  • Rockwood leveling out Complex’s playing field

    The high school baseball field at Mike “Brillo” Miller Sports Complex is getting a facelift.

    Tiger head coach Jake Witter, Rockwood Parks and Recreation Director Chase Clem and other city employees are leveling out the infield.

    “It’s been long overdue,” Witter said after the initial grading work was done.

  • Howard says he fears parole violation

    Bryan K. Howard, a man convicted in a 2007 vehicular homicide case, didn’t deny being found asleep behind the wheel of a car last

    “It’s halfway true,” he said, about allegations in a July 16 arrest warrant.
    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Jessica West charged him with driving on a revoked license and simple possession.

    According to the warrant, a woman identified as Victoria Edwards saw Howard slumped over in a car on the side of the cemetery on Sugar Grove Valley.

  • Officer who fired live round at school on leave

    Rockwood Police Officer Jared Hall is on leave after he mistakenly shot a live round inside Rockwood Middle School during an exercise last Thursday.

    “He’s on administrative leave without pay until further notice,” Police Chief Danny Wright confirmed Friday afternoon.

    Wright said he talked to Hall after the incident, and he was contrite.

    “Jared knows he made a mistake, and he admitted it,” said Wright.

    Wright said he sent a distraught Hall home after the incident Thursday.

  • Summer’s last Splash!

    Roane County students had one last chance to enjoy public swimming at the Kingston Community Center pool on Thursday, thanks to Three Rivers Kiwanis Club’s “Back to School Splash Bash.”

    “It’s our way to say goodbye to summer,” Kingston Parks and Recreation Director Rick Ross said. “We’ve had over 100 kids here, and I think they’ve had a lot of fun. We’ve had games, giveaways and music.”
    The event is held annually, but this year Three Rivers Kiwanis Club wanted to help.