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  • 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.

  • Second round of races coming

    Candidates for open council seats in Rockwood, Kingston and Oliver Springs have until this Thursday, Aug. 18, to turn in their petitions.

    Six candidates picked up petitions for three open Kingston City Council seats: incumbents Tony Brown, John Byrkit and Norman Sugarman, along with Tara Stockton, Stephanie L. Wright and Judd Garbett.

    Byrkit and Sugarman are the only two who had returned petitions as of Friday, employees with the Roane County Election commission confirmed Friday.

  • City asks for suit’s dismissal

    An attorney representing the city of Rockwood and Rockwood Police Sgt. Randy Keahey is asking for the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a former Roane State Community College basketball player who is accusing a Rockwood patrolman of violating his due process rights and using excessive force.

    Former Rockwood patrolman Chris Kennedy used a pepper-spray like substance on Xavier Howard during a July 2015 incident at the Meadows Place Apartments in Rockwood.


    Rockwood Police Officer Jared Hall mistakenly fired a live round inside Rockwood Middle School during an exercise on Thursday.

    No students were at school, which was open for staff development before the first full day of classes Friday.

    Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright said the purpose of the exercise was to let teachers know what a real gunshot sounds like.

  • Hickman says no to Harriman Council post

    Harriman voters may go to the polls in November to decide who will fill two upcoming City Council vacancies, but officials need to move quickly to ensure residents get to pick their favorite.

    Harriman City Attorney Allison Rehn has been in talks with Roane County Election Commission officials because the outcome of the Aug. 4 city election left Harriman with two City Council vacancies.

    “The [Harriman City] Charter says the people can only serve until the next general election,” Rehn said.

  • Summit to address lack of housing for Roane area workers

    When it comes to bringing more jobs to the county, the future looks promising, according to officials.

    With that comes some concerns, however.

    “If you have a big industry that locates at the old K-25 site or any particular site, where will these employees live?” Roane County Executive Ron Woody asked.

    “There’s a good chance they wouldn’t live in Roane County.”

    Woody and The Roane Alliance President/CEO Wade Creswell said they believe a lack of housing is the issue.