Local News

  • Arby’s truck out of Roane

    The Arby’s food truck has made its last visit to Roane County — for now.

    Arby’s Chief Financial Officer Carrie Gandy said Walgreens management informed them on Friday afternoon the truck — a Wednesday mainstay in the store’s parking lot for more than a year — is no longer welcome.

    “We will not be returning anytime soon,” she said.

    Gandy said Walgreens management told her company’s officials they had received complaints from customers because the company does not pay Roane County sales taxes.

  • Roane feeling pinch of late tax bills

    In her five-plus years as Roane County’s budget director, Kaley Walker can’t recall a more challenging time financially.

    “This is the worst that it’s been, but it’s not to the point of not being able to pay bills,” she said.

    Local governments depend heavily on property tax revenue.

    It’s now more than four months into the fiscal year, and none has come in yet because the 2015 tax bills have not been sent out.

    In normal years, they go out the first of October.

  • Probation issues go to committee

    The ad hoc committee that will study probation issues was named and approved at Monday’s Roane County Commission meeting.

    Those tapped to serve were District Attorney General Russell Johnson, General Sessions Court Judges Dennis Humphrey and Jeff Wicks, Sheriff Jack Stockton and Commissioners Mike Hooks, Todd Fink, Greg Ferguson, Stanley Moore and David Bell.

    “We look forward to them working on the probation situation that we have and bringing us back a good report on how to proceed,” Commission Chairman Ron Berry said.

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  • Tweaked fire call policy a better fit

    Harriman officials would like to see one key piece of wording in an agreement to have both its and Kingston’s fire departments responding to structure fires in each city.

    That wording would be that the nonjurisdictional agency would start responding if called, but it would not run emergency traffic — with lights and sirens — to the scene unless the first-responding agency notifies that it’s needed.

  • Harriman paving to commence in spring

    Harriman hopes to be on the schedule for paving in early spring.

    City Manager Kevin Helms hopes to have everything prepared and bids in so the city will be early on the companies’ schedule.

    “Are you all still determining what roads will be paved? Will that be brought to Council?” asked Councilman Wayne Best.

    Helms said they are trying to finalize a spreadsheet of data being used, which considers the roads’ width, length as well as traffic count.

  • Burglary suspect’s stint in rehab fails to make impression on judge

    Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen wasn’t in a sympathetic mood Monday afternoon.

    “I don’t care what good you’ve done,” he told defendant Jeremiah McClure. “It doesn’t make up for what bad you’ve done.”

    McClure went on a crime spree in the fall of 2014 and faced a number of charges because of it. They included four counts of aggravated burglary, three counts of theft from $1,000 to $10,000, two counts of theft from $500 to $1,000, one count of theft from $10,000 to $60,000 and one count of theft under $500.

  • Harriman fire personnel give smoke alarms personal TLC

    Harriman residents may soon get a knock on their doors from Harriman firefighters.

    It’s part of a door-to-door initiative the department is endeavoring to help protect residents.

    “We are going to go by and offer to check their smoke alarms,” said interim chief Brad Daniels.

    They’ll have batteries for smoke alarms, some smoke alarms to give out, and information about smoke alarms and escape routes.

    If someone isn’t home, they’ll also have door hangers to leave with information.

  • Harriman police latest to add on body cameras

    Harriman Police Department will soon have body cameras on its officers.

    “Ours are going to be really nice as far as collecting” video and audio, said Police Chief Randy Heidle.

    The cameras are designed to be tamper-proof.

    Harriman City Council voted to allow them to use $10,710 in drug fund money to purchase 24 cameras.

    That will equip every full-time officer with a camera as well as provide two cameras for reserve officers.

    In the near future the city will also be purchasing several new patrol cars.

  • Tiger Haven fence compromise feasible

    Roane County Attorney Greg Leffew met with Tiger Haven officials recently and told Roane County Commission members on Monday there is potential for a settlement over the controversy involving a fence.

    “What was offered to us and what we discussed at this meeting was an agreement where there would be no expansion of tigers onto any of the other parcels that they own, and the fence would be inspected by TWRA (Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency) as a perimeter fence,” Leffew said.