Local News

  • Berry new Commission chairman

    Ron Berry was tapped as the new chairman of the Roane County Commission Monday night.

    He replaces James Brummett, who served in the position for the past five years.

    “When you first sit down up there it dawns on you what goes with it,” Berry said.

    “It’s extremely humbling to know that folks think enough and respect you enough to put you up there.”

    Berry was the only commissioner nominated for the position Monday. He was elected by acclamation.

  • Lifestar base open in Rockwood

    The new University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Lifestar base at Rockwood Municipal Airport is now open.

    “We moved up there on Tuesday (Sept. 8) afternoon. We are there now 24-7,” said Jeff Gregory, director of Lifestar.

    “I think it is going to be a good location for us,” said Gregory.

    He’s pleased they’re better able to serve the region.

    Gregory said the base can serve counties including Roane, Cumberland, parts of Fentress, Morgan, the southern parts of Scott, Anderson, parts of Meigs and Rhea.

  • Restless Heart bringing its country sound to Harriman

    Country artists Restless Heart will bring their hit music to the Princess Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 10.

    The Harriman concert will be at 8:30 p.m. with doors opening at 7:30.

    Tickets are on sale at www.musiccityknoxville.com and are available at Rocky Top General Store and Simply Sweet Bakery.

    Restless Heart has released seven studio albums, two greatest hits albums and a live album.

  • Officials voting on tax hike tonight

    The Roane County Commission approved the county’s budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year in July. The vote on the property tax rate to support that budget is expected to happen today – Monday – when the commission meets in regular session at the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.

    “I feel pretty confident,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said. “I think we’re in good shape.”

  • ‘Star Trek: Voyager’ star charged with exposure

    The actor who played Kes on “Star Trek: Voyager” is accused of exposing herself in front of children in Harriman.

    Jennifer Ann Lien, 41, is charged with indecent exposure in the Aug. 31 incident.

    According to the warrant, Harriman Police Officer Julie Parham responded to 529 Sewanee St. about a fight.

    “Upon arrival, I spoke with the complainant, Ms. Kayla Clark,” the warrant said. “Ms. Clark stated her neighbor, Ms. Jennifer Lien, had been yelling and cursing her friend, Michelle Smith, due to a crying child.


    TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant’s 9/11 Memorial Service on Friday took a different but heartfelt twist.

    In addition to remembering those who lost their lives 14 years ago, TVA paid tribute to Andrew J. Benson by placing a plaque at the memorial site near the steam plant.

    Benson, who died on July 4, was responsible for bringing the steel beam from the World Trade Center in New York City to Kingston.

  • Harriman budget set for finalization Tuesday evening

    Harriman officials are scheduled to vote on second and final reading of the 2016 budget at a special-called meeting on Tuesday.

    Harriman City Council is scheduled to meet in a public hearing to begin at 6:25 p.m.

    The meeting will follow at 6:30.

    If the budget passes as amended on first reading, it will include a new certified tax rate of $1.2197 per $100 valuation, which should generate the same amount of property tax revenue as last year.

  • Child burned before Labor Day recovering

    The 6-year-old boy who suffered burns at a Kingston residence is expected to recover, his mother said last week.

    “He’s OK,” Jennifer Waldo said. “He’s got to go back to Nashville Tuesday to get looked at again to see if they’re going to have to do skin grafting.”
    The incident happened at 1461 Mobile Drive on Sept. 4.

    According to the police report, Waldo took her three children there to visit her uncle, John Oscar Hicks. He was reportedly burning some brush when they arrived.

  • Reported swindling lands trio behind bars

    Oak Ridge police arrested three people last week for allegedly swindling an elderly person.

    “The total amount involved in this criminal enterprise was $96,370.38,” stated warrants against Carmalita Genovea Bruschi, Jackie Lee McGhee and Marty McGhee.

    All three have been charged with exploitation of an elderly person and theft.

    They were arrested on Sept. 9.

    Bruschi’s and Jackie McGhee’s address is listed in jail records as 137 Latimer Road, Oak Ridge.

  • Mums the WORD

    It’s been said that if you love your job, you will never work a day in your life.

    That’s kind of the case for Becky Brown, owner of Brown’s Green House in Harriman. She started her business more than 20 years ago on Ruritan Road, and has been going strong ever since.

    “I like everything about it,” Brown said of her business. “I’m my own boss, I like fooling around with plants, and I like dealing with people. I get to see a lot of people here.”