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Today's News

  • Referendum mulled for Harriman sales tax hike

    From staff reports

    Harriman officials are considering a sales tax increase referendum to be placed on an upcoming ballot.

    The item is on the Harriman City Council agenda for discussion and possible action.

    The Council meets in regular session at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Harriman Municipal Complex.

    Earlier this year, Council members discussed ways to generate additional revenue to support city services.

    One idea was to approach residents to raise the sales tax rate, which would require a referendum put to the city’s voters.

  • Many show up for Islam talk; Aytes says schools not promoting religion of any kind

    A large crowd showed up at the Kingston Community Center Thursday night to hear Craig Honeycutt’s presentation on Islam in Tennessee schools.

    He said Islam was taught at his daughter’s middle school in Bristol.

    “I sat my daughter down and I said, ‘Honey, what do you want to do?’” he said. “Do you want to take the class, or do you want to take the zero?”

    Honeycutt said he was surprised when his daughter told him she wanted to take the class.

  • NEED A LIFT?

    Mary Trout used to walk to Harriman Food City, and she can still make it on foot to nearby United Grocery Outlet if need be.

    Now, she doesn’t have to.

    Instead, she can now rely on a new volunteer transportation program called Round About Roane.

    “It is a godsend,” Trout proclaimed Monday. “It is answers to a prayer, not just for me but a lot of people. It just so turns out it is helping me.”

  • Work complete at double fatality site

    The scene of a terrible tragedy nearly two years ago recently became a little safer.

    Crossing gates, signs and bells were installed at the Mountain View Road railroad crossing near Harriman.

    “I’m happy to see this happen, but it’s a sad happiness because it took a tragedy of kids losing their lives to see this happen,” said Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson.

  • Beleaguered assessor seeks second term

    Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan is planning to seek another term.

    He filed his petition to run in the Aug. 4 election on Tuesday.

    “Roane County needs an honest man in this office, and I feel that most will agree we have that now,” Morgan said.

    Morgan was elected to the position in 2012 after defeating longtime incumbent Teresa Kirkham.

    His ability to do the job has been questioned throughout his tenure.

  • Puckett sentenced to two years for role in pill mill

    Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan was lenient with Michael Puckett on Wednesday, but not as lenient as his supporters had hoped. Varlan sentenced Puckett to two years in federal prison for his role in an East Tennessee prescription pill conspiracy.

    “I’m sorry,” Puckett said during his opportunity to address the court.

    Puckett, 45, pleaded guilty last June to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of oxycodone.

  • Woman charged with firing gun during dispute

    A 59-year-old woman was arrested on Jan. 31 for allegedly firing a gun during a domestic incident.

    Sharon J. Tinker, 1313 Mountain View Road, Rockwood, is charged with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment with a weapon involved.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Justin Edwards was dispatched to Tinker’s address to investigate a report of a domestic involving a firearm.

    He said he spoke with Tinker when he arrived.

  • Video arraignment system mulled

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is looking into installing a video arraignment system at the jail.

    “We’re trying to get it set up,” Sheriff Jack Stockton said. “We’re fixing to get a requisition written up.”

    The system would allow inmates to be arraigned at the jail and not have to be taken to the courthouse.

    “Technology can save time, money and help with security,” Stockton said.

  • Recovery Court offers a second chance

    Earnest Bright said he easily blew through paychecks to feed his addiction.

    “It took my home. It took my car. Took my family. It took everything from me,” he said. “It put me in jail, took my freedom ...

    “It takes your paycheck. Everything you make is gone as soon as you get it.”

    Bright is among three people who are the first to participate in Roane County Recovery Court.

  • DIRECTOR SEARCH: School staffers may get interview promise

    The Roane County Board of Education’s director of schools search committee is recommending that any current employee who applies for the job get an interview.

    “That will be part of it when we recommend this to the full board,” Board Member Mike “Brillo” Miller said.

    Miller, along with two other members of the search committee – Board Members Sam Cox and Vic King – discussed the search process during a meeting on Monday.